Mercedes-Benz celebrates shift to electrification with EQC Edition 1886

Mercedes-Benz has revealed a special edition of its first electric vehicle, the EQC SUV, at the New York motor show. 

Available exclusively in metallic silver, the special edition is marked out from the standard EQC, revealed in October last year, by a gloss black front grille surround, 20in lightweight alloy wheels with white accents and Edition 1886 branding on the mudguards. 

Inside, the Edition 1886 receives a unique blue-black colour scheme, seats finished in Artico man-made leather and microfibre suede, 1886 embroidering on the backrests and bespoke silver trim elements. 

Buyers of the Edition 1886 receive extra equipment as standard, including a Burmester surround sound system, electrically adjustable front seats with memory function and Mercedes’ Energizing driver assistance system.

Vehicles equipped with the Energizing package feature interior mood lighting and fragrancing, live traffic and weather updates, plus driver wellness monitoring software that can be connected to the driver’s smartwatch. 

As an addition, the Edition 1886 is covered for six years under Mercedes’ extended vehicle maintenance service and warranty, meaning the vehicle will be picked up from the owner’s home for any scheduled workshop visits and protected in the event of unexpected repair costs. 

Mercedes-Benz will also allow buyers of the Edition 1886 discounted access to the Ionity European rapid charging network, in which it owns a stake. With DC charging, the EQC’s battery can be charged from 10% to 80% at up to 110kW in around 40 minutes.

The Edition 1886 shares its 402bhp dual-motor electric powertrain with the standard model, which sprints from 0-62mph in 5.1sec and on to a top speed of 112mph. 

According to company board member Britta Seeger, the EQC Edition 1886 “serves as a reminder of the invention of the first automobile”, with its name a reference to the year German engineer Karl Benz obtained a patent for the first production automobile. 

“Back then, we were the ones to first revolutionise individual mobility. The EQC now once again marks the departure into a new era. An era in which electric mobility is reliable, simple and at the same time exciting,” said Seeger. 

Pricing for the Edition 1886 has yet to be revealed, but more details will be available soon, when it becomes available to order in Germany. Expect a slight increase on the standard model’s anticipated £67,500 starting price.