• Mercedes-Benz Doesn’t Want EQC Customers to Be Couch Potatoes

There’s a slurry of lifestyle accessories available for the new EQC

Thanks to an 80-kWh battery pack that sends power down to a pair of asynchronous electric motors, the Mercedes-Benz EQC can travel for 445 to 471 kilometers ( 276 to 292 miles) on a single full charge. We’re telling you this because Mercedes-Benz’s latest bundle of lifestyle accessories for the EQC was coined with this particular feature in mind.

The Germans are sure that those who have decided to own an EQC won’t stick to the daily work-home-supermarket urban routine and will want to drive way from the city on weekends or holidays. So, in a way, the accessories Mercedes-Benz has just dropped are aimed at road-trippers first and foremost. Let’s check it out.

Do I Need Every Single Item That’s Offered For the Mercedes-Benz EQC?

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Well, not really. But at the same time, there’s nothing stopping you from fitting every bit and bob in the collection to your EQC should you wish for. We’re pretty sure that your Mercedes-Benz dealer guy will welcome the decision with rubbing hands.

That aside, one of the items that could come in handy in various road trip scenarios is the roof rack.

It’s been designed specifically for the EQC and thanks to a pair of aluminum carrier bars; it can hold a streamlined, sleek-looking roof box, which is also provided by Mercedes-Benz, in three sizes: 330, 400, and 450 liters (11.6, 14.1, and 15.9 cubic feet).

For those who seek more action and don’t necessarily need the extra storage space (the EQC’s trunk does offer 500 liters/17.5 cubic feet of cargo space), the carrier bars can be fitted with a bike rack or a ski & snowboard rack - the latter lets you haul up to four snowboards and six pairs of skis. Alternatively, you can go for the rear-mounted bike rack which can be had in two sizes: one will let you carry two bikes while the other has been designed to hold three bikes.

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Speaking of bicycles, you don’t have to look elsewhere if you don’t want to because Mercedes-Benz will gladly sell you one. All you have to do is decide which one you want or need. For example, the new collection includes a Fitness Bike and a Trekking Bike, both designed and assembled by Focus under Mercedes-Benz license. The Fitness Bike has an aluminum frame, 27 gears, and 28-inch wheels with disc brakes, while the Trekking Bike, although not as sporty, allows you to leave the beaten path thanks to extra mudguards, a hub dynamo, and a pannier rack for your supplies.

Sounds Good, But I’m More of The Gym Rat, Golf-Loving Type

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That shouldn’t be an issue. Mercedes-Benz commissioned Cobra Golf for a stand bag that’s designed with a 14-way club divider and quick-release shoulder straps plus various pockets and a towel loop.

Fitness nuts can go for either the Mercedes-AMG Petronas-designed drawstring sports bag (48 x 28 x 32 cm) or the sports hold-all bag (52 x 27 x 39 cm).

The latter’s larger size means it can be used to carry several pairs of shoes or more fitness gear.

What About Children and Pets?

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Mercedes-Benz has that covered too, to some extent. The pièce de résistance is without any doubts the AMG GT Bobby Car available in Sunbeam Yellow, just like the rear-life sports car. But on to more practical realms, the EQC can also be fitted with forward-facing KIDFIX XP child seats suitable for children between 3.5 and 12 years of age. The trick about these seats, says Mercedes, is that they use a V-shaped backrest that adapts to the angle of the car seat but can also be manipulated to offer the most suitable sleeping position for your loved one.

On the safety front, the child seat offers energy-absorbing side pads and side bolsters.

Oh, and you can adjust the the belt guide and the headrest, which means you won’t have to change the seat altogether when your child outgrows a particular setting. As for pets, you can turn the EQC’s trunk into your dog’s new favorite spot with the available dog cushion with polyester filling.

Final Thoughts

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It’s 2019, and electric cars are beginning to enter what some might call the full-swing phase. Vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz EQC, although wrapped around an all-electric powertrain, will still have to serve families and their needs. At the same time, it’s too early to claim range anxiety has been completely wiped out from the buyer’s mind. So with these latest lifestyle accessories, Mercedes-Benz could be trying, among the obvious purpose of scoring a profit, to sprinkle more confidence on prospective buyers.

In a way, we somewhat feel that Mercedes-Benz is basically saying “hey, here’s a bike rack or a snowboard mount for your EQC, because you can totally take it on your trip to the mountains.” Which we’re not denying, of course. But ultimately, the brand’s goal is to sell as much cars as it can, so these small jolts could be Mercedes’ way of gently steering the customer towards its EVs - namely the EQC, as it’s the case here.

Further Reading

2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC.

2016 Mercedes‑Benz "Generation EQ" Concept High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2016 Mercedes‑Benz "Generation EQ" Concept.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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