Update: Live photos are now in the gallery, below.
Mercedes-Benz is pulling out most of the stops when it comes to vehicle reveals this year at the New York Auto Show. We say most because there’s a curious lack of sedans on Merc’s debut docket this time around, which is certainly indicative of the times. We’ve already seen some German SUV and crossover action, and now we have a special edition of Stuttgart’s new electric people mover, the EQC.
Gallery: Mercedes-Benz EQC Edition 1886
Specifically, it’s called the EQC Edition 1886, and it adds a few aesthetic touches over the standard-issue offering. The grille receives a louvered black look and edging in high gloss black to further set it off. 10-spoke 20-inch wheels also get some blackout trim, and there’s the requisite 1886 branding on the fenders. Inside, new seat designs come in either blue or black with special EQC Edition 1886 lettering embroidered on the seat backrests. You’ll find the lettering on the center console as well, and lastly, you can have the EQC Edition 1886 in any color you like. As long as that color is silver.
Mechanically speaking, everything about the EQC Edition 1886 is just as you’ll find it on the standard model. A pair of electric motors drive all four wheels with a combined output of 402 horsepower (300 kilowatts), drawing power from an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Mercedes estimates the EQC’s range between 277 and 293 miles, with the capability for fast charging at 110 kW when such high-output stations are available. As for the name, it’s obviously a callback to the 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen – the vehicle widely recognized as the first production car.
"The EQC is the pioneer of our future Mercedes-Benz EQ portfolio,” said Britta Seeger, member of Daimler’s board of management responsible for Mercedes-Benz car sales. “For market launch, the EQC Edition 1886 serves as a reminder of the invention of the first automobile and we are emphasizing the pioneering spirit that sustains and characterizes us today more than ever. “
The standard EQC is expected to arrive in June for the European market, with U.S. sales beginning next year. The Edition 1886 is also slated to go on sale in the U.S. next year. Pricing for either model hasn’t been announced yet.
Live Photos: Chris Amos Photography
EQC Edition 1886
Modern mobility that goes beyond the vehicle itself
Stuttgart. A special car for a special moment: a limited special edition EQC Edition 1886 marks the resolute entry of Mercedes-Benz into the era of electric mobility. With the EQC Edition 1886, the brand with the star is emphasizing that its idea of future mobility goes well beyond vehicles themselves. The EQC Edition 1886 therefore combines an extensive range of optional extras with customer-friendly services related to electric mobility. The Edition model celebrates its world premiere at the New York International Auto Show.
"The EQC is the pioneer of our future Mercedes-Benz EQ portfolio. For market launch, the EQC Edition 1886 serves as a reminder of the invention of the first automobile and we are emphasizing the pioneering spirit that sustains and characterizes us today more than ever. Back then, we were the ones to first revolutionize individual mobility. The EQC now once again marks a new era. An era in which electric mobility is reliable, simple and at the same time exciting," says Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales. "The EQC Edition 1886 not only stands for progressive design, exciting driving dynamics and a range more than suitable to daily needs, it also stands for intelligent additional services that anticipate and fulfill the driver's needs. Long-term, worry-free vehicle use is the focus here."
Exclusive appeal, high-quality looks
Carefully coordinated elements on the exterior and interior are among the optional extras for the EQC Edition 1886. The black panel radiator grille with louvres and edging in high-gloss black ensure a particularly exclusive character on the exterior. The EQC Edition 1886 is available exclusively in metallic high-tech silver. Further individual features include the high-gloss
black badge with blue "1886" lettering on the fenders and the 10-spoke 20-inch
light alloy wheels in high-gloss black with white decorative elements.
The exclusive appeal continues in the interior with the new seat designs with
upholstery in MB-Tex / DINAMICA microfiber in Indigo Blue and Black.
Special EQC Edition 1886 lettering is embroidered into the seat backrests and
center console. This level of detail is also evident in the specific trim elements
in a silver matrix look as well as the floor mats with the "EQC" embroidery.
ENERGIZING Package ensures individual feel-good atmosphere
The EQC Edition 1886 also has outstanding driver assistance systems for the
highest level of safety and driving comfort. The Burmester® Surround Sound
System provides remarkable sound and fully comes into its own in the
extremely quiet interior of the EQC. The ENERGIZING Package is also onboard.
ENERGIZING Comfort combines various systems in the car, thus
creating an optimal environment from the lighting mood and the fragrance and
ionization of the air to the seat ventilation to keep the user fresh and vitalized.
The ENERGIZING COACH feature uses data from the vehicle and surroundings
to recommend one of the ENERGIZING programs that fits the situation and the
individual. For example, aspects such as the traffic situation, weather and
length of the journey are included in the assessment. In addition, data that
provides information on the driver's current well-being can also be used. This
is made possible by networking with available Garmin® wearables (smart
watches/fitness trackers). Further optional extras such as electric adjustable
driver and front passenger seats with memory function round out the Edition
Charging: flexible and fast
Like every EQC, the EQC Edition 1886 has a water-cooled on-board charger
(OBC) with an output of 7.4 kW and is therefore ready for charging with
alternating current (AC) at home and at public charging stations. Charging at a
home wallbox (240v) is up to three times faster than at a domestic power
socket (110v). It is faster still with DC charging – which is standard for the
EQC, with a suitable market-specific plug. Depending on the SoC (status of
charge), the EQC can be charged with a maximum output of up to 110 kW at an
appropriate charging station.
Special remote and navigation services are also available for the EQC Edition
1886, as is the digital charging service Mercedes me Charge, which gives
access to a number of public charging stations.
Range (NEDC) 277 – 293 miles (445 – 471 km)*
Drive system 2 asynchronous motors, all-wheel
Output 402 hp
Peak torque 564 lb-ft
Top speed 112 mph (electronically limited)
Acceleration 0-60 mph 4.9 s est.
Battery Capacity (NEDC) 80 kWh
Battery weight 1,437 lbs
Length / width (incl. mirrors) / height 187.4 in / 74.2 in (82.5 in) / 63.9 in
Track width (F/R) 64.0 in / 63.6 in
Wheelbase 113.1 in
* Electrical energy consumption and range have been determined on the basis of
Regulation (EC) No. 692/2008. Electrical energy consumption and range depend on the
vehicle configuration [esp. on the choice of the top speed limitation].
The EQC Edition 1886 will celebrate its World Premiere at the New York
International Auto Show and will go on sale in the U.S. in 2020.