2020 Mercedes EQC Interior Is Sporty, Sleek & Techy

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2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC interior

Upcoming all-electric EQC features an avant-garde ‘electro look’ interior inspired by consumer electronics.

It’s not even fall of 2018 yet, but Mercedes-Benz has already released information about and official photos of its 2020 EQC all-electric crossover. We recently shared details of it with you, from its development on four continents to its sleek futuristic design to its twin electric motors that generate 402 horsepower and 564 lb-ft of torque. Now let’s take a closer look at its interior.

According to Mercedes, the EQC has an “avant-garde electro-look” interior that features design cues from consumer electronics. The most noticeable of those cues is the large free-standing screen on the dashboard, which is topped with ultra-fine MB-Tex that extends to the upper door panels. That wide, glossy rectangle is actually made up of two 10.25-inch displays: one for the instrument cluster and one for the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) multimedia system.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC interior

EQC drivers can put MBUX in one of three display modes (Modern Classic, Sport, and Electric Art) and use it to display their driving range, charge level, and energy flow. The navigation system shows nearby charging stations and can even provide details about their availability and opening times. By using artificial intelligence, MBUX can memorize patterns and suggest options accordingly. For instance, if an EQC driver typically calls the same person every Tuesday during rush hour, MBUX will automatically provide the option of calling that person’s number on the screen during rush hour on a Tuesday. MBUX works the same way with locations, offering to input a frequent destination into the navigation system on the day an EQC driver typically goes to that address.

Saying the words “Hey Mercedes” activates the intelligent voice control with natural language comprehension. As Mercedes puts it, EQC users don’t have to adjust to the system and use specific language; the voice control feature has to adjust to them and learn from them how to adjust functions including destination entry, phone calls, music, and composing and playing messages. For instance, the system understands “Where is the next charging station?” as “Where can I charge the battery?” If a user says “I feel cold,” the EQC will bump its cabin temperature down by one degree. If they tell the EQC they feel hot, the HVAC system will lower its temperature by one degree.

Here’s a better look, courtesy of Electrek.co on Youtube.

The metallic-look louvres that arc from one front door panel, around the topmost part of the dash, and to the other panel were inspired by the cooling fins on high-end amplifiers. As in other Mercedes vehicles, the seat controls are mounted on the door panels.

Mercedes-Benz said, “The optional 64-color ambient lighting impressively illuminates the instrument panel, with LED lights coursing through the entire cockpit and across the deck with the air vents,” which feature a key-shaped, rose-gold louvres.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC interior

Two design themes are available: Electric Art (which features rose gold accents) and AMG Line Interior. That comes with a flat-bottomed AMG steering wheel, brushed stainless steel AMG sport pedals, black MB Tex leather/DINAMICA microfiber seats, and AMG floor mats. Leather seats and carbon-fiber look trim are optional.

Overall, the interior of the EQC bears a strong family resemblance to other Mercedes interiors, but adds attractive design touches and updated tech. As attractive as it is, we’re looking forward to spending time in the EQC because we want to find out just how good its natural language comprehension is.

Photos: Mercedes-Benz

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