BREMEN, Germany—Although the 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQC electric SUV won't be arriving at U.S. dealers until sometime next year, the first production version just rolled off the line in Germany. The initial cars are being built at the Bremen plant, but Mercedes also plans to build the EQC in its Beijing plant later this year.
The EQC's travel range, based on  New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) testing reports, is approximately 450 kilometers  or 280 miles. However, the NEDC testing often doesn't reflect a real-world range, and is always higher than official EPA testing.
According to Mercedes, the vehicle's net basic price is less than €60,000, so it qualifies for the €4,000 German tax incentive. Mercedes also says that it will offer a "generously equipped base version" that starts at €71,281 after VAT. The U.S. version next year is expected to have a starting price of $70,000 to $80,000.