2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 First Drive: The same, only different

Set to go on sale in the U.S. in 2020, the five-door EQC uses a locally built 80-kWh lithium-ion battery and two electric motors — one on each axle, with the front motor used for normal cruising and the rear kicking in when more oomph is needed. Combined output is 402 hp and 561 lb-ft, good enough for a 4.9-second 0-60 mph sprint. The official range is to be determined, but Benz engineers figure it’s in the 215 mile area. An at-home 240-volt charger juices the EQC from empty to full in 10 hours, Mercedes says, with a quick charger taking it from 10- to 80-percent full in about 40 minutes.
The EQC is 187.4-inches long, 74.2-inches wide and 65-inches high, about the same as Benz’s GLC. Though at first it looks like your garden-variety Benz crossover, the EQC is the first Mercedes designed from the get-go as an EV. Look closer and you see subtle differences. It looks lower and aerodynamically sleeker than a GLC. The grille is unique and there’s a one-piece rear light bar. The platform is similar to the GLC but more than 85 percent of the components are new (a stand-alone EV platform is under development).