Mercedes-Benz has confirmed it is reversing a decision to sell its EQC electric crossover in the U.S. The confirmation means the first battery-electric EQ model will be the upcoming EQS luxury sedan.
AutoBlog reached out to Mercedes-Benz officials, who confirmed the new plans. The officials cited “market developments” as the logic for cancelling the EQC. In recent weeks Mercedes has removed all mentions of the EQC from their U.S. consumer website. The move comes amid the fact the brand has released pricing and trim details specific for the U.S. market. Mercedes aimed to sell the EQC for a starting price of $68,895 in the U.S., putting it at the lower end of the pricing spectrum versus competitors.
The ECQ was originally supposed to launch in the U.S. back in 2020. About a year ago Mercedes announced it was delaying the EQC’s American launch to 2021. Now Mercedes is just canceling the EQC entirely from its U.S. plans. Had it launched, it would have been competing with the Audi E-Tron, Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X.
Mercedes has confirmed the EQS sedan will hit the market this fall as a 2022 model. It will now serve as the first battery-electric vehicle in the Mercedes U.S. showroom. Mercedes also notes that the EQC is designed to be sold in the U.S., meaning they could change their mind in short order.