• Design sketch: The new Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC (N 293).

    The new EQC: Pioneer of a new electro look.

    EQC 400 4MATIC:
    Stromverbrauch kombiniert: 22,2 kWh/100 km;
    CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert: 0 g/km.4

Design idiom of Progressive Luxury.

As the first Mercedes-Benz model launched under the new product and technology brand EQ, the EQC features pioneering design details and hallmark colour accents. As a particularly striking feature, the headlamps and air inlet blend into a black-panel surface. The innovative interior design is inspired by the world of consumer electronics. One example is the louvred edge of the instrument panel, which resembles the cooling ribs of a hi-fi amplifier. Both inside and out, the EQC embodies the design idiom of Progressive Luxury.

Design sketch: Black Panel with MULTIBEAM LED headlights of the new Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC (N 293).
Design sketch: The new Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC (N 293).

Clash of digital and analogue elements.

“The EQC embodies the Progressive Luxury design idiom of our new EQ product and technology brand. This creates an experience and a preview of the ‘next big thing’ to come tomorrow. With its seamless, clear design, the EQC is a pioneer for an avant-garde electric look,” says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Daimler AG. This arises from the combination of a previously unknown beauty, the conscious clash of digital and analogue elements as well as the seamless merging of intuitive and physical design.

Unmistakable night design.

A striking feature at the front is the large black-panel surface enclosing the headlamps and grille. The inner housings and tubes of the standard MULTIBEAM LED headlamps are in high-gloss black. Colour highlights discreetly confirm the model’s membership of the new EQ family: blue stripes on a black background, and MULTIBEAM lettering also in blue. The black panel is bordered at the top by an optical fibre as a visual link between the torch-like daytime running lamps as a typical Mercedes-Benz feature.

At night this creates an almost uninterrupted, horizontal light band. In certain markets this unmistakable night design is supplemented with an illuminated central star. This optional extra has been combined with the radar sensor Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC for the first time, and acts as an additional position lamp for the stationary vehicle.

Design sketch: The new Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC (N 293).

Sporty, stretched silhouette.

The extended roofline and window layout with a low waistline and the coupé-like roof recess at the rear visually position it between an SUV and an SUV coupé. At the rear the sporty, stretched silhouette is finished off by a low roof spoiler. The roof contour and side window layout visually confirm that the EQC is conceived as a crossover SUV. The side windows are framed by high-gloss aluminium trip strips. The charging flap is integrated flush with the rear right side wall.

Tail lights in edge-light technology.

The deep roof spoiler adds to the excellent aerodynamics and emphasises the width of the rear window. The transition between the bumper and tailgate is practically seamless. The multi-section rear lights with tail lights in edge-light technology echo the light band at the front. The reflectors are positioned separately in the bumper. This allows a flatter, sporty layout for the rear lights. The model lettering EQC is located on the left of the tailgate, and has a new, EQ-specific typography.

Design sketch: Taillight in edge-light technology of the new Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC (N 293).

Interior design: progressive design idiom.

The high-quality interior of the EQC also pioneers an avant-garde electro look. This applies to the form, material mix and user experience. There is a unique contrast between sensuous, soft surfaces, precise edges and geometrical shapes. The instrument panel is designed as a driver-oriented cockpit. Both in volume and complexity, its upper section is reduced to what is essential.

The typical Mercedes-Benz wing profile is asymmetrical, with a “cut-out” in the driver area. This is where one of the visual highlights of the cockpit is located – a high-tech, high gloss cassette housing flat air vents with key-shaped, rosegold coloured louvres. These are a feature of the new EQ design idiom, and are exclusive to this new model.

Mercedes-Benz Design: Electric Art interior of the new 2019 EQC 400 4MATIC (N 293).

Metallic look as a design highlight.

The instrument panel has a metal surround reminiscent of the cooling ribs found on high-quality music amplifiers. This design feature is a wrap-around extending into the doors. The simulated, metallic-look ribbed rim continues into the door panels as a design highlight, and has integral mid-range speakers. This creates a harmonious contrast between high-tech aesthetics and classic door trim. The perforated plate feature is another repeated design motif. It is found e.g. at the top of the instrument panel support and in the mirror triangles. Round depressions of different diameters create a dramatic three-dimensional pattern.

High Mercedes-Benz quality.

The instrument cluster and media display are housed behind a shared, continuous glass surface to form a large, free-standing screen. There is a touchpad in the centre console as a further means of controlling many vehicle functions. The ambience lighting impressively illuminates the instrument panel, with optical fibres coursing through the entire cockpit and across the deck with the air vents. The EQ character of the interior is accentuated by a brand-specific colour scheme that is unique in the Mercedes-Benz portfolio. High-grade materials such as leather, plus modern trim elements in an aluminium look or with open-pore wood, convey the familiar, high Mercedes-Benz quality.

Design sketch: The interior of the new Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC (N 293).