2023 Mercedes-Benz EQC Price, Release Date, Redesign, Specs. Like most luxury automakers out there, Mercedes-Benz is looking to expand its lineup with electrified models. It’s called the EQC and is being developed alongside a hydrogen-powered version of the GLC.
2023 Mercedes EQC Drivetrain And Performance
Specific powertrain details aren’t yet available, we already know that the EQC will draw its juice from the drivetrain that Mercedes showcased in the Generation EQ Concept. The show car uses a pretty big battery with a capacity of over 70 kWh. Made by Deutsche Accumotive, a subsidiary of parent company Daimler, they feature some new “high-efficiency lithium-ion” technology.
While we may get an EQC model with this much oomph, it won’t be the only version available. The base model will probably have close to 200 horsepower, while the mid-range version will probably get around 300.
2023 Mercedes EQC Exterior
Mercedes-Benz released just two photos of the EQC and only one gives us a good look at the upcoming crossover. The camouflage covers everything but the grille, headlamps, and windows, so it’s hard to guess if the EQC is a brand-new design or based on an existing Mercedes-Benz model. Because there are no reference points in the photo, it’s tough to estimate the vehicle’s size and place it in a certain segment.
The “C” in the “EQC” badge suggests that the crossover will be part of the GLC family. There are claims that the EQC might bridge the gap between the GLC and the GLE, so it could be nearly as big as a midsize SUV.
Styling-wise, it could have a familiar look when compared to the GLC. I’m not saying it will look identical, as the headlamps and the front fascia suggest otherwise, but Mercedes-Benz could unveil an updated design language that will expand to the next-generation GLC. All told, I’m not expecting anything radical, but the EQC should be more than a mildly revised GLC.
2023 Mercedes EQC Interior
The interior of the EQC is still a mystery and although the Generation EQ Concept might provide a few hints, I wouldn’t expect much of its cabin to make it into production. The concept vehicle looks way too fancy and futuristic on the inside with that touch-sensitive center console, the carved-in dashboard, and the wide and flat door panels. The steering wheel is one feature that we could see in the EQC though, alongside the ultra-wide instrument cluster and infotainment display combo that’s already available in a wide range of production models.
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If I were to take a guess, I ‘d say that the EQC’s cabin will be based on the GLC. Look for the cool rounds vents in the center stack and loads of premium materials, especially in the range-topping model.
2023 Mercedes EQC Pricing and Release Date
Electric cars aren’t as affordable as we ‘d want them to be right now and the fact that the EQC will compete in the premium segment means more bad news for the wallet. It’s difficult to predict how much it will cost in comparison to the regular GLC, but I wouldn’t expect Mercedes to ask less than $55,000 for the base model, while the range-topping version could fetch at least $75,000.
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2023 Mercedes EQC Competition
As usual, where there’s a Mercedes-Benz on offer, there must be a competitor from BMW. The 70-kWh battery enables the electric motor to deliver more than 270 horsepower, but much like Mercedes-Benz, BMW could offer various outputs in the iX3. The entry-level model will probably cost more than $50,000.