Photography by Jil McIntosh, additional images courtesy Mercedes-Benz.
Mercedes-Benz is bringing the first model in its EQ band to market soon. To celebrate, the automaker is bringing a special edition to commemorate the company's first car, and the first gas-powered automobile. It's the EQC 1886.
1886 is the year that Karl Benz debuted his Patent-Motorwagen. Which is generally considered to be the first car. Though the three-wheeler with a two-stroke engine is worlds apart from the all-new electric crossover.
"The EQC is the pioneer of our upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQ vehicle portfolio. For the market launch, the EQC Edition 1886 serves as a reminder of the invention of the first automobile. With this vehicle we are emphasizing the pioneering spirit that sustains and characterizes us today more than ever," said MB board member Britta Seeger.
The 1886 will come exclusively in metallic silver. It gets special trim bits to compliment the colour, such as the black grille and EQC Edition 1886 badging. Inside, it has Artico faux-leather seating with microfibre in indigo blue and black. The seatbacks wear 1886 embroidery, as do the centre console and floormats.
The special edition comes with a Burmester surround sound system as well as what Mercedes calls "outstanding driving assistance systems", though they didn't detail exactly which systems it will have. It comes with the automaker's Energizing comfort controller that uses mood lighting, AC, and even a fragrance dispenser to keep the driver awake and alert if necessary.
Underneath, the EQC will have an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery that delivers a range estimate of 445-471 km on the NEDC cycle. Canadian range estimates to follow. 402 hp and 464 lb-ft from two electric motors get the EQC from 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds.
While Mercedes-Benz hasn't yet revealed pricing for the EQC or the EQC Edition 1886, they have said that it will be available in Canada in early 2020.