• Mercedes’ EQ Lineup Just Got a Little More Exclusive Thanks to the 2019 Mercedes EQC Edition 1886

Exclusive features on the outside, optional extras on the inside

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Unveiled in late 2018, the Mercedes-Benz EQC is back into the spotlight at the 2019 New York Auto Show as the EQC Edition 1886. This special-edition SUV is offered with unique features inside and out and celebrates a special event in automotive history.

The EQC Edition 1886 pays tribute to the Benz Patent-Motorwagen

Mercedes' EQ Lineup Just Got a Little More Exclusive Thanks to the 2019 Mercedes EQC Edition 1886
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Although Mercedes-Benz didn’t make any comments on the name, it’s pretty obvious that the badge is a tribute to the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, a three-wheel motorized carriage that Karl Benz introduced in 1886. Powered by a 1.0-liter single-cylinder engine with two horsepower, it’s widely regarded as the world’s first production automobile. Benz built about 25 units between 1886 and 1893.

The EQC Edition 1886 is a bit different inside and out

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The first thing that catches the eye when looking at the Edition 1886 is the high-gloss black grille slats and frame.

Granted, it’s not a major departure from the non-gloss black on the regular model, but it sets the special-edition model apart. And this shade works well with the silver metallic exterior that this model is restricted to. It also features high-gloss black badges, "EQC Edition 1886" lettering on the mudguard, and 10-spoke, 20-inch wheels in high-gloss black with white accents.

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You’ll find similar add-ons inside the cabin.

The standard leather and microfiber upholstery are finished in Indigo Blue and black, while the seats have "EQC Edition 1886" lettering embroidered into the backrests.

There’s a similar badge on the center console, while the floor mats have "EQC" embroidery. Trim elements in "silver matrix look" round off the cabin.

The EQC Edition 1886 comes standard with the Energizing package

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Another extra added to this limited-edition model is the Energizing comfort controller. This system combines various systems to create an optimal environment for the passengers from the lighting mood to the fragrancing and ionization of the air. The Energizing Coach features uses data from the vehicle and surroundings to recommend one of a program that fits the situation. It takes aspects such as the traffic situation, weather, and length of the journey into consideration.

The EQC Edition 1886 is a standard EQC under the shell

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The "1886" badge doesn’t come with changes in the drivetrain department. It features the same two-motor layout and 384-cell battery, which deliver a total output of 402 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque. The SUV needs only 4.9 seconds to hit 60 mph, pretty impressive for an EV, while top speed is limited to 112 mph. The EQC travels for around 200 miles per single charge. Charging the battery from 10 to 80 percent takes only 40 minutes with a quick charging socket.

2020 Mercedes EQC drivetrain specifications
Estimated Range Up to 200 miles
Drive system 2 asynchronous motors, all-wheel drive
Rated output 402 hp
Peak torque 564 lb-ft
Top speed (mph) 112 mph (electronically limited)
Acceleration 0-60 mph 4.9 s (est.)
Battery Lithium-ion
Battery capacity 80 kWh
Length / width (width with mirrors) / height 187.4 / 74.2 (82.5) / 63.9 in
Track width (F/R) 64.0/63.6 in
Wheelbase 113.1 in

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A limited special edition marks Mercedes-Benz’s resolute dawn of a new era of electric mobility – the EQC Edition 1886 (combined electric energy consumption: 20.8 - 19.7 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)[1]. With the EQC Edition 1886, the brand with the three-pointed star is emphasizing that its idea of future mobility goes well beyond vehicles themselves. The EQC Edition 1886 therefore combines an extensive range of optional extras with customer-friendly services related to electric mobility. The Edition model celebrates its world premiere today at the New York International Autoshow.

“The EQC is the pioneer of our future Mercedes-Benz EQ vehicle portfolio. For the market launch, 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 characterises us today more than ever. 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,” says Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales. “The EQC Edition 1886 not only stands for progressive design, exciting driving dynamics and a range more than suitable for daily use, it also stands for intelligent additional services that anticipate and fulfil the driver’s needs. Long-term, worry-free vehicle use is the focus here.”

Exclusive appeal, high-quality looks

Carefully coordinated elements on the exterior and interior are among the optional extras for the EQC Edition 1886. The black panel radiator grille with louvres and edging in high-gloss black ensure a particularly exclusive character on the exterior. The EQC Edition 1886 is available exclusively in metallic high-tech silver. Further individual features include the high-gloss black badge with special EQC Edition 1886 lettering on the mudguard and the 10-spoke 20-inch light-alloy wheels in high-gloss black with white decorative elements.

The exclusive appeal continues in the interior, for example with the new seat designs with upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather/ DINAMICA microfibre in indigo blue and black. A special EQC Edition 1886 lettering is embroidered into the seat backrests. The lettering can also be found as a badge on the centre console. This level of detail is also evident in the specific trim elements in silver matrix look as well as the floor mats with the “EQC” embroidery.

ENERGIZING package ensures individual feel-good atmosphere

The EQC Edition 1886 also has outstanding driving assistance systems for the highest level of safety and driving comfort. The Burmester® surround sound system provides remarkable sound and fully shows its potential in the extremely quiet interior of the EQC. The ENERGIZING package is also on-board. The ENERGIZING comfort controller combines various systems in the car, thus creating an optimal environment from the lighting mood to the fragrancing and ionisation of the air to keep the user fresh and vitalised. The ENERGIZING COACH uses data from the vehicle and surroundings to recommend one of the ENERGIZING programmes that fits the situation and the individual. Aspects such as the traffic situation, weather and length of the journey, for example, are included in the assessment. In addition, data providing information on the driver’s current well-being can also be used. This is made possible by networking with available Garmin® wearables (smartwatches/fitness trackers). Further optional extras such as electric adjustable driver and front passenger seats with memory function round off the Edition package.

Key topics: long-term worry-free vehicle usage

With an extensive range of standard service packages, the EQC Edition 1886 covers the most important customer needs and ensures long-term worry-free vehicle usage. These include the service packages “Maintenance Service”, “Pick-up & Delivery Service” as well as “Vehicle Warranty Extension”.[2]

“Maintenance Service” comprises all required maintenance work for a period of up to six years or a mileage of 150,000 kilometres. Special attention is paid to checking safety-relevant components and checking the functionality of electric components. Usage of Mercedes-Benz Genuine Parts and special tools ensures a smooth and reliable driving experience.

Combined with the “Maintenance Service”, the “Pick-up & Delivery Service” makes planning workshop visits as convenient as possible. The EQC Edition 1886 will be collected for maintenance work over a period of six years (or up to six times) and will also be returned upon the customer’s request. This service is available from the customer’s home, from the office or from any other place within a defined radius around an authorised Mercedes-Benz workshop.

The service package “Vehicle Warranty Extension” protects the vehicle owner against unexpected repair costs beyond the standard Mercedes-Benz new car warranty up to a vehicle age of six years. The extended vehicle warranty is the optimal enhancement to the standard Battery Certificate for the high-voltage battery, which covers a period of eight years or a mileage of 160,000 kilometres. It guarantees a properly functioning high-voltage battery and also covers a significant capacity loss.

All three service packages are bound to the vehicle for a period of six years and are transferred to subsequent owners in case the vehicle is sold. This additionally contributes to the vehicle’s value retention.

Charging: Flexible and fast

Like every EQC, the EQC Edition 1886 has a water-cooled on-board charger (OBC) with an output of 7.4 kW and is therefore ready for charging with alternating current (AC) at home and at public charging stations. Charging at a Mercedes-Benz Wallbox is up to three times faster than at a domestic power socket. It is even faster with DC charging – which is standard for the EQC, with a suitable market-specific plug. Depending on the SoC (status of charge), the EQC can be charged with a maximum output of up to 110 kW at an appropriate charging station.

Special remote and navigation services are also available for the EQC Edition 1886, as is the digital charging service Mercedes me Charge, which gives access to a number of public charging stations. Drivers of the EQC Edition 1886 also receive discounted access to the European rapid charging network IONITY.

Technical data

CO2 emissions

0 g/km

Electric energy consumption (NEDC)

20.8 - 19.7 kWh/100 km[3]

Range (NEDC)

445 - 471 kmiii

Drive system

2 asynchronous motors, all-wheel drive


300 kW (408 hp)

Peak torque

760 Nm

Top speed

180 km/h (governed)

Acceleration 0-100 km/h

5.1 s



Battery capacity (NEDC)

80 kWh

Battery weight

652 kg

Length/width (incl. mirrors)/height:

4,761/1,884 (2,096) /1,623 mm

Track width (FA/RA)

1,625/1,615 mm


2,873 mm

Luggage compartment (depending on equipment fitted)

approx. 500 l

Kerb weight/perm. GVW/payload

2,495/2,940/445 kg

Perm. trailer load for 12% uphill gradient

1,800 kg

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