Mercedes has changed its mind, at least for now, and the 2022 EQS will be the first electric vehicle from the brand to go on sale in the United States.
- Mercedes-Benz said today, as reported by Autoblog, that the 2021 EQC will not be offered in the United States “for now.”
- The EQC had previously been announced as the first Mercedes EV coming to the U.S., but it was delayed last year.
- The first U.S.-market Mercedes EV instead will be the 2022 EQS, an electric version of the S-class, coming this summer.
The Mercedes-Benz 2021 EQC electric SUV was originally slated to land in U.S. showrooms in early 2020. The German automaker then delayed the delivery of the vehicle to the U.S. market by a year, with an updated launch expected for early 2021. Now, according to a report by Autoblog, Mercedes has decided the EQC will “not be offered in the United States for now” due to “market developments.”
The Mercedes-Benz EQC400 4Matic mid-size electric SUV is intended to compete with the Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace, and Tesla Model X. The vehicle’s specs and price, starting at $68,895, had been announced for the U.S. market as early as 2019, providing the luxury experience buyers expect from the brand in an EV package.
Due to the original delay of the 2021 EQC, the upcoming 2022 EQS electric sedan had already become the first electric Mercedes slated to arrive in the U.S. market. It will be unveiled this spring and arrive in U.S. dealerships this summer.
As for the future of the EQC, the “for now” portion of Mercedes’s statement did leave the automaker some wiggle room in potentially bringing it here eventually. Car and Driver has reached out to the automaker for comment.