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2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Arrives In Paris Before EV SUV Wars Erupt

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It's coming for you, Model X and I-Pace. The iX3 and e-tron will be next.

Following its global debut last month, the all-new 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC has made its European premiere here at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Located only a few meters away from the Tesla and Jaguar displays where a few Model Xs and I-Paces also happened to be parked, the EQC is Mercedes' first EV designed and engineered to be an EV from the get-go. It's the start of a new era for the German luxury automaker, and there was quite a crowd surrounding it.

With 402 hp and 564 lb-ft of torque generated by its two electric motors, Mercedes claims the SUV crossover has a range of over 200 miles. Zero to 60 mph will happen in just 4.9 seconds while the EQC will top out at 112 mph.

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Interestingly, the I-Pace has a better range of nearly 300 miles on a single charge, but the EQC is more powerful. The EQC will also be going head-to-head against some rivals from its own home country, the upcoming BMW iX3 and Audi e-tron.

Mercedes claims the EQC can regain 80 percent of its charge in just 40 minutes thanks to DC fast charging. Like with any conventional gasoline-powered or PHEV Mercedes, the EQC promises an invigorating driving experience. Several drive modes are on hand, among them Comfort, Eco, Max Range, Sport, and Individual.

The interior, like that of all new Mercedes vehicles, is a work of art blended with brilliant technologies. For example, drivers and passengers will have the new Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system and nothing but high quality materials were used throughout. We also managed to check out the rear seat and it's plenty roomy.

The exterior design is without a doubt stylish, but we're still left wondering whether Mercedes could have pushed the bar a bit further. The I-Pace, for example, is by far the sexier of the two. Pricing will begin at around $80,000 and will go on sale sometime in 2020.