Exclusive Mercedes-Benz EQC to be Delayed Until 2021
What was supposed to be one of the first all-electric SUVs to hit Canadian roads will stay in Europe much longer.
The Car Guide has learned that the Mercedes-Benz EQC will go on sale here a year later than originally planned, meaning in the first quarter of 2021 at the earliest. The same applies for the U.S. market.
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Mercedes-Benz dealers were informed last Friday, December 13.
What exactly is causing this long delay? Here’s what Zakary Paget, Corporate Communications Manager at Mercedes-Benz Canada, told us:
“The EQC launch in Europe and other markets earlier in 2019 generated high interest worldwide for the EQC. In a recent direction from Daimler AG, it is a strategic decision to first support the growing customer demand for the EQC in Europe.”
What he failed to mention is that Mercedes-Benz, just like every other manufacturer selling vehicles in Europe, needs to comply with extremely stringent emissions rules to avoid major fines. Starting in 2020, only 5 percent of their fleet can exceed 95 grams of CO2 per kilometre; that number will drop to zero in 2021.
Around 50,000 units of the Mercedes-Benz EQC are planned to roll off the assembly line in Bremen, Germany annually. All of them feature two electric motors generating a combined 402 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque, while an 80-kWh battery delivers an estimated driving range of 400 kilometres.