2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC vs 2015-2018 GLC: Differences compared

The electric N293 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC is based on the X253 GLC. We put them side by side to see how different they are.

2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC400 4MaticEQC
Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e 4MATIC EDITION 1 (X 253) 2015GLC
The EQC and GLC share the same platform, and ride on the same 2,873mm (113.1-inch) wheelbase, but have completely unique bodies, interiors, and drivetrains.
2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC400 4MaticEQC
Mercedes-AMG GLC43 (X253)GLC
At front, the EQC has a new-for-Mercedes-Benz headlight and grille treatment, and a cleaner front bumper design that's not all about sportiness or going off-road.
2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC400 4MaticEQC
Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e 4MATIC EDITION 1 (X 253) 2015GLC
The EQC has a grille with big, thick black frame that's nowhere near as nice as the one used on the Generation EQ concept.
2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC400 4MaticEQC
Mercedes-Benz GLC (X 253) 2015GLC
From the side we can see the styling is different, but similar. The EQC has a smoother and cleaner look, and slick upward tick to the rear window line after the C-pillar.
2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC400 4MaticEQC
Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e 4MATIC EDITION 1 (X 253) 2015GLC
At the rear, the EQC looks little more like a 'coupe SUV'. The GLC, on the other hand, looks like big C-Class wagon.
2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC400 4MaticEQC
Mercedes-AMG GLC43 (X253)GLC
The EQC has a thin, narrow LED strip that runs the entire width of the car.
2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC400 4MaticEQC
X253 Mercedes-Benz GLC350e 4Matic Edition 1 - dashboardGLC
Apart from the electric drivetrain, the biggest upgrade for the EQC in comparison to the GLC is the interior. The GLC uses the same design theme, and many of the components from the related C-Class.
2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC400 4MaticEQC
Mercedes-AMG GLC43 (X253)GLC
The EQC obviously has the same underlying dashboard architecture, but has a more modern design, and the latest MBUX infotainment system and a fully digital instrumentation screen.
2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC400 4MaticEQC
X253 Mercedes-Benz GLC350e 4Matic Edition 1 - front seatsGLC
Apart from the colours and diamond quilt pattern on the pictured EQC, the two cars use the same seats.
2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC400 4MaticEQC
Mercedes-AMG GLC43 (X253)GLC
With the door trim we can see that many of the parts are carried over, but the over design in the EQC is more avant garde.
2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC400 4MaticEQC
Mercedes-AMG GLC43 (X253)GLC
The absence of a frunk (front trunk) is another big clue the EQC wasn't designed from the ground up as an electric car, but rather uses the platform of a conventional ICE car.

At launch, the EQC400 has two motors making a total of 300kW (402hp) and 765Nm (564 lb-ft). It has a 0-100km/h time of 4.9s, a top speed of 180km/h (112mph), and a range of 450km (280mi) from its 80kWh battery.

Dimensions EQC vs GLC (metric)

Length: 4,761mm vs 4,656 mm (+105mm)
Width: 1,884mm vs 1,890mm (-6mm)
Height: 1,624mm vs 1,638mm (-14mm)
Wheelbase: 2,873mm vs 2,873mm (identical)

Dimensions EQC vs GLC (metric)

Length: 187.4″ vs 183.3″ (+4.1″)
Width: 74.2″ vs 74.4″ (-0.2″)
Height: 63.9″ vs 64.5″ (-0.6″)
Wheelbase: 113.1″ vs 113.1″ (identical)


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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

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2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC vs 2015-2018 GLC: Differences compared