Mercedes-Benz’s first electrical SUV could possibly be going through the axe.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC, an electrical SUV derived from the outgoing GLC, could possibly be discontinued subsequent 12 months per a report from Enterprise Insider cited by CarBuzz.
The German publication stories it’s sighted a letter despatched from Mercedes-Benz to its gross sales companions that EQC manufacturing will finish on Might 3, 2023.
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The EQC has been a reasonably sluggish vendor, with solely 3825 offered in its residence market of Germany final 12 months – the automotive’s finest 12 months to this point. It was additionally outsold throughout Europe final 12 months by the bigger Audi e-tron.
It’s additionally not provided within the USA, certainly one of Mercedes-Benz’s largest markets. The American division dominated out importing the EQC early final 12 months, although a report from Automotive Information later in 2021 stated it could come “round 2025”.
Mercedes-Benz has but to verify a second-generation EQC, however a direct substitute is all however sure as electrical SUVs proliferate all through its line-up and people of rival luxurious manufacturers.
With manufacturing reportedly ending in 2023 and its new medium-to-large MB.EA electrical automobile platform not due till 2025, it’s unclear what platform would underpin a next-generation EQC.
The German luxurious manufacturers have been using completely different methods of their rollout of electrical autos.
The EQC and Audi e-tron, that are a part of the previous guard having entered manufacturing in 2019 and 2018, respectively, use inside combustion engine platforms. Nonetheless, they characteristic virtually completely completely different exteriors to their associated combustion-powered SUVs.
The Mercedes-Benz EQA and EQB, just like the BMW iX3, use ICE platforms and differ visually from their ICE counterparts solely in particulars like grilles and bumpers.
Lastly, Mercedes-Benz has revealed a flagship EQS SUV and confirmed a smaller EQE SUV which use the devoted Electrical Automobile Structure of the EQE sedan and EQS liftback.
Regardless of being simply shy of 4 years previous, the EQC is already the oldest member of Mercedes-Benz’s electrical household and can quickly discover itself bookended by a spread of brisker electrical SUVs.
Mercedes-Benz has offered 760 examples of the EQC in Australia since gross sales started late in 2019.
It offered 298 final 12 months, outpacing the Audi e-tron (108) and Jaguar I-Tempo (44).
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