Mercedes-Benz has won the race of the big three German brands to introduce an electric mid-size SUV, unveiling the new EQC overnight. It will contend with the upcoming Audi e-tron and BMW iX3 in the same class, and the already-launched Jaguar I-PACE crossover.
The EQC is the first vehicle to be brought in under the brand’s EQ sub-brand. EQ stands for Electric Intelligence, and will be applied to future electric models. In this case, the C presumably refers to the vehicle’s size, coming in as something of a GLC/C-Class.
As you can see, the EQC sports a slightly unusual design compared with Mercedes’s current crop of vehicles. It immediately looks more aerodynamic, with fine LED headlights, a smoothed-over front grille area, and a sweeping D-pillar and sloped tailgate with flush, full-width LED taillights.