The EQC Edition 1886 celebrates the past while looking to the future.
More than a hundred years ago, on July 3, 1886, Karl Benz unveiled the Benz Patent Motorwagen, driving what is widely regarded as the first automobile down the Ringstraße in Mannheim. Now, at the 2019 New York Auto Show, the German automaker is celebrating this achievement while ushering in a new era of electric mobility by releasing the special edition Mercedes-Benz EQC Edition 1886.
"The EQC Edition 1886 serves as a reminder of the invention of the first automobile,” said Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales. "Back then, we were the ones to first revolutionize individual mobility. The EQC now once again marks a new era. An era in which electric mobility is reliable, simple and at the same time exciting.”
The EQC Edition 1886 gets minor exterior changes to distinguish it from ordinary EQCs. The Edition 1886 comes exclusively in metallic high-tech silver, while the grille is decked out in high-gloss black. The alloy wheels are also finished in high-gloss black, offset by white decorative elements. Inside, the Edition 1886 sees special seat designs upholstered in MB-Tex/DINAMICA microfiber in Indigo Blue and black. Unique 1886 lettering is stitched into the seat backs and the center center console, while the floor mats are embroidered with "EQC.”
The Edition 1886 also comes with the ENERGIZING Package, which draws on various systems within the car to craft the optimal environment to keep the driver feeling fresh. The system can look at data from the vehicle and its surroundings, as well as taking into account the driver’s well-being if he or she happens to be wearing any of the available Garmin smart watches or fitness trackers.
Like all EQCs, the Edition 1886 is powered by two electric motors that pump out 402 horsepower and 564 lb-ft of torque, allowing the all-wheel-drive SUV to reach 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. The 80 kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides an estimated range of 277 to 293 miles, and has the ability for fast charging at 110 kW at certain charging stations.