It is clear from these photos that the new model, whether a direct replacement for the EQC or a different EQ model all together, is at least around the same size as the EQC we already know. It could, however, be the anticipated EQE.
Its shape is clearly new, with a distinctly different roof line, a lower bonnet, and new character lines through the body.
You could be forgiven for thinking it's too soon for a new EQC to surface and that it would therefore be the expected EQE – but if this new model appears in 2022, it will have been a roughly five-year lifecycle for the current EQC.
With the EQC based on an electrified platform that still shares much with the MRA platform that underpins a range of conventionally-powered Mercs – including the GLC SUV the EQC is built alongside – there is room for advancing the concept.
Indeed, the EQC's MRA roots means it still has a transmission tunnel in the second row, and the drive system's position in the 'engine bay' means it misses out on the front-end storage space enjoyed by the Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace and all Tesla models. (The upcoming X3-based BMW iX3 joins the EQC in having no 'frunk'.)
So, if the current EQC was the 'get in the game' effort, this spied prototype could well be a new, clean-sheet EQC based on the EVA II platform that will underpin future EQ models large and small.
When we'll see the new model remains to be seen, and a host of other Mercedes Benz EQ models have been spied in a similar state of production readiness.
In 2017, Mercedes-Benz confirmed it would launch 10 new electric models by 2022, so that would suggest we can expect this new EQC in the next couple of years. Of course, the current EQC was the first of those 10 EVs.