Alongside a bevy of all-new models such as the all-new GLS and the facelift for the AMG-badged GLC 63 SUV and SUV-coupe, Mercedes-Benz has also revealed a special edition of its all-electric SUV, the EQC at the 2019 New York motor show.
Called the Edition 1886 (paying homage to the year that Karl Benz filed a patent for the first vehicle powered by a petrol engine), the special edition looks slightly different from the standard EQC that was revealed in October last year, due to the addition of a gloss black front grille surround, 20-inch alloy wheels with white accents and Edition 1886 branding on the mudguards.
Inside, the EQC Edition 1886 receives a unique blue-black colour scheme, seats finished in Artico leather and microfibre suede, 1886 embroidering on the backrests and bespoke silver trim elements.
On the equipment front, the Edition 1886 receive extras such as a Burmester surround sound system, electrically adjustable front seats with memory function and Mercedes’ Energizing driver assistance system as standard. The same are offered as options on the standard EQC. The Energizing package includes interior mood lighting and fragrancing, live traffic and weather updates, along with driver wellness monitoring software that can be connected to the driver’s smartwatch.
Mercedes-Benz will also allow buyers of the Edition 1886 discounted access to the Ionity European rapid charging network, in which it owns a stake. Using a 110kW DC charger, the EQC’s battery can be charged from 10 percent to 80 percent in around 40 minutes.
The Edition 1886 shares its 407hp dual-motor electric powertrain with the standard model, which helps the all-electric SUV sprint from 0-100kph in 5.1sec, and on to a limited top speed of 180kph.
Mercedes has not confirmed production numbers for the Edition 1886, but said availability will be limited.
Mercedes is planning to launch the EQC in India by early-2020 with local assembly also being considered in a bid to benefit from lower import duties. However, it is not known if the Editon 1886 will be part of the model's line-up when it arrives.
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