The Mercedes EQB e-SUV was unveiled a couple of months ago at the Shanghai Auto Show 2021 and goes on sale in China and Europe this year. Based on the Mercedes-Benz GLB, the new model will be sold in three powertrain versions and two seating configurations globally.
Overall, the Mercedes-Benz EQB looks much like the GLB, albeit with a handful of changes that announce its zero-emission powertrain. The front fascia carries a shut-off grille as there’s no requirement to cool an internal combustion engine. Flanking the grille are angular headlamps, while a straight-set LED light bar stretches across the car’s width. In the side profile, the EQB is much like the GLB, with the only exception arising from the new alloy wheels. The rear-end carries a light bar between the wraparound taillamps, and the bumper features some chrome ornamentation.
Mercedes EQB Interior
Inside, the EQB gets a new digital instrument console and rose-gold trim on the dashboard. There is ample use of blue to reinstate the EV credentials – you get many blue lighting strips along with different stitching to remind you that this is a Mercedes EQ model.
The car features the MBUX infotainment unit and an all-digital driver’s display that comprises two 10-inch screens and support for ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice commands. The EQB comes with five seats as standard, but you do get an option to order a third row to increase the seating capacity to seven in the Chinese market. If the carmaker is to be believed, occupants that are less than 5-foot 4-inches tall will be comfortable in the third row.
We’re yet to get our hands on the full specifications, but the launch edition of the EQB will be a top-spec 4WD EQB 350 4MATIC model that will feature two electric motors – one under the bonnet and another on the rear axle. Four different configurations would be available on the EQB made in Europe, as per the German site jesmb.de. The EQB 250 2WD with a single 190 PS/375 Nm motor, EQB 300+ (approx. 204 PS) with a range around 500 km according to WLTP, EQB 300 4MATIC with about 224 hp, and the top-spec EQB 350 4MATIC with 292 PS and 419 km WLTP range, are the models to be made in Hungary for the European (and American) markets, reports the German site.
The Mercedes EQB can be charged with a maximum output of up to 100 kW. It takes the SUV a little over 30 minutes to go from 10 – 80 percent SoC at a DC fast charger. Wallbox charging solution is via an 11 kW charger.
Mercedes-Benz has filed for trademarks in the USA for the various EQB variants that include EQB200, EQB250, EQB320, EQB350, and EQB360, which suggest that multiple range versions are coming stateside.
Mercedes EQB ‘Edition’
According to a new filing for product parameter changes recorded in the Ministry of Information and Technology of China, there will be a Mercedes EQB ‘Edition’ variant in the local market. This particular variant is supposedly a limited edition commemorating the launch of the EQB in China. It features a few additional design elements, such as the black ‘EQB Edition’ badge on its exterior and ‘EQB’ lettering finished in blue.
Production & Launch
Daimler has confirmed that EQB production is set to begin in 2021 in two centres in the global Mercedes-Benz Cars production network. The first plant is Kecskemét, Hungary for the global market, and at the BBAC in Beijing where production is reserved for the Chinese market. The company has updated the factory and the staff is already in training to welcome the EQB. In the coming years, the battery plant in Jawor (Poland) will produce electric car batteries for the EQ series cars made in Europe.
Mercedes EQB FAQs
What is the release date of the Mercedes EQB?
The Mercedes EQB will go into production in Europe in late 2021. It launches in the U.S. in 2022.
What are the present alternatives to the EQB?
The EQB will rival the Audi Q4 e-tron and Volvo XC40 Recharge.
What is the expected price of the Mercedes EQB?
Prices for the EQB is expected to start north of €50,000.
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