Next-gen Mercedes EQC U.S. launch confirmed – Report [Update]

Update: ‘Next-gen Mercedes EQC Platform & Features’ section updated.

In 2021, Mercedes-Benz canceled the EQC U.S. launch after repeated postponements. The company does plan to bring the next-gen Mercedes EQC to the U.S., though.

Next-gen Mercedes EQC Platform & Features

The upcoming Mercedes EQC SUV should have specifications, features, and a design that suits Americans better than the current model which is a conversion of the GLC. Automotive News said in a report last year that Mercedes-Benz informed dealers about plans to release the next-gen EQC (EQC SUV) in the U.S. around 2025 and bring a C-Class EV to the country. The latter could take the EQC name once the SUV changes to the EQC SUV.

The next-gen Mercedes EQC SUV will ride on a new platform called the MMA, short for Mercedes Modular Architecture. It should offer a longer range, better performance, higher energy efficiency, and faster charging. The electric-first platform should allow a more spacious interior, too. We have covered the MMA platform in detail in a special report last year.

Citing Mercedes-Benz R&D chief Markus Schafer, autoblog suggests that the next-gen EQC may come with a solar roof option. Schafer told media after the Mercedes Vision EQXX world premiere in January 2022 that Mercedes-Benz customers will “probably” get to specify their vehicles with uninterrupted glass roofs or solar roofs. Schafer mentioned that the company wants to use solar panel roofs in its vehicles “probably starting (in) 2024.”

The Vision EQXX concept car features a solar roof consisting of 117 solar cells. An LFP battery stores the solar energy and supplies it to a climate blower, the lights, the infotainment system, and other ancillaries. The solar roof reduces the energy consumption of the traction battery pack, leading to an increase in the driving range of 25 km. Mercedes-Benz and its partners are trying to use solar power to charge the traction battery pack, which would allow customers to drive their EVs longer without plugging in.

EQC specs & sales no match for the Tesla Model Y

The way BMW decided against shipping the iX3 to the U.S., Mercedes-Benz has not released its competitor EQC stateside. The companies could have developed these to race into the mid-size EV segment in Europe and China, without considering them for the U.S. seriously.

AspectMercedes EQC Specification
Drivetrain LayoutAWD
No. of MotorsTwo
Total Power300 kW (402 hp)
Total Torque760 Nm (561 lb.-ft.)
0-62 mph Acceleration Time5.1 seconds
Top Speed180 km/h (112 mph)
Battery Pack80 kWh lithium-ion
Range (WLTP)437 km (272 miles)
Max. AC Charging Power11 kW
Max. DC Charging Power110 kW
Current gen Mercedes EQC specifications in Germany (Source: Mercedes-Benz)

Mercedes-Benz’s EQC and BMW’s iX3 are no match for the Tesla Model Y which is a force of nature in the electric crossover market. The Tesla crossover has its competition beat when it comes to specs, with a 326-mile range, a 3.5-second 0-60 mph acceleration time, and a 155 mph top speed. The supply of the German SUV is also limited and countries with stricter emission goals would have higher allocations as otherwise the company would have to contend with huge fines.

In 2020, which was the EQC’s first full year of sales, approximately 20,000 units went to customers worldwide. In 2021, in the first three quarters of the year, Mercedes-Benz sold 17,938 units of the EQC. For an idea of how far ahead Musk and his company are, Tesla is ramping up production and these numbers would represent the Model Y monthly sales volume.

Mercedes EQC rear
The Mercedes EQC’s sub-par 200-mile range (est on EPA) would have put off American buyers, according to analysts.

Instead of starting the EQ electric sub-brand in the U.S. with the EQC, Mercedes-Benz has released the EQS in a top-down approach. The S Class equivalent allows customers to experience the pinnacle of a Mercedes electric vehicle. The company will introduce two locally manufactured EQ models in the United States in the form of the EQS SUV and EQE SUV, with the EQB forming the entry-level of the range this year.

Mercedes EQC USA FAQs

What is the Mercedes EQC release date in USA?

U.S. will get the next-gen EQC around 2025. It will ride on the MMA platform and should boast of far superior specs compared to the first-gen.

Which SUVs would the Mercedes EQC rival?

The Mercedes EQC will chiefly rival the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model Y.

Featured image: Mercedes