Mercedes-Benz's first all-electric vehicle — the EQC — will start at $68,895, including shipping.
The battery-powered compact crossover, which will arrive at U.S. dealerships early next year, is positioned as an affordable alternative to the larger Tesla Model X, with prices north of $80,000, and Audi e-tron, which starts at $75,795, including shipping.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4Matic is the first of a fleet of 10 EVs the automaker expects to launch by 2022.
The EQC, powered by an 80-kilowatt-hour battery, has about a 280-mile range on a full charge, based on New European Driving Cycle estimates.
Two electric motors generate a combined 402 hp, enabling a 0-to-60-mph sprint in 4.8 seconds. To reduce power consumption, the front electric motor is optimized for efficiency in the low- to medium-load range, while the rear motor adds sportiness.