Mercedes-Benz is celebrating the arrival of its latest new vehicle with a special edition throwing back to the first motor car.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC electric crossover is not due to arrive in North American dealerships until 2020, but the company has already announced a limited special edition EQC Edition 1886, available at about the same time.
“The EQC Edition 1886 serves as a reminder of the invention of the first automobile and we are emphasizing the pioneering spirit that sustains and characterizes us today more than ever,” said Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales at the edition’s debut at the New York International Auto Show. “The EQC Edition 1886 not only stands for progressive design, exciting driving dynamics and a range more than suitable to daily needs, it also stands for intelligent additional services that anticipate and fulfill the driver’s needs. Long-term, worry-free vehicle use is the focus here.”
Beyond the sleek looks of the EQC, the EQC Edition 1886 comes in exclusive high-tech silver metallic exterior, accented with (also exclusive) black panel grille with louvres and edging in high-gloss back. The light alloy wheels are also painted high-gloss black, with white elements adding character and sense of high-tech.
The interior features new-design seats in Indigo and Black in MB-Tex/DINAMICA microfibre embroidered with the 1886 logo in the backrests (as it also is on the center console).
Befitting the rapidly-approaching industry-wide push to electrification and automation, the EQC Edition 1886 is chock-full of the latest safety and comfort features, including a Burmester surround sound system, the Energizing Package that aims to keep the driver relaxed with things such as ambient lighting, scenting and ionization of cabin air, seat ventilation, and the Energizing Coach that uses data from the vehicle and its surroundings, length of journey and traffic and weather conditions to suggest a program suited to the situation and the individual. Data about the driver’s well being (such as from fitness trackers) can also be included in the program.