Production-look Mercedes EQB electric SUV spotted recharging

The Mercedes EQB electric SUV (codename: Mercedes X243) was spotted in China recently with reports describing it the domestic version with mild adaptations. The electric crossover bears the same design as the global version (pictures below) but for conventional alloy rims. Yet to be ascertained is whether the EQB would hold on to the 7-seat configuration of its ICE-powered sibling.

In June, the Mercedes-Benz EQB was spotted with minimal disguise in public by a member of the Cochespias forum and the GLB-based zero-emissions SUV looked production-ready.

Mercedes-Benz launched its first car under the EQ brand, the EQC, last year and plans to introduce the EQA in 2020 and the flagship EQS and EQB cars in 2021. As the COVID-19 crisis has forced companies to pause or delay new launches, it remains to be seen if Mercedes-Benz delivers on its promise of having more than 10 different all-electric models by 2022.

Mercedes EQB range & other specifications

Daimler has not given out information on the Mercedes EQB, but don’t expect surprises. It should carry a version of the electric powertrain from the Mercedes EQA (capitalizing on the high-voltage Mercedes EVA platform), which is expected to come with a 60 kWh battery pack and two electric motors (one on either axle). The output figures stand at over 200 kW of power and 500 Nm of torque while the expected range is up to 400 km per charge. If the same battery and electric motor combo go into the EQB, we could see a drop in the range on the bigger and boxier crossover. The larger EQC gets an 80 kWh and a dual motor setup, with a range of up to 471 km.

Design & Styling

The overall profile of the GLB sees no changes, but the fully-electric version gets styling elements associated with the EQ brand such as a closed grille, restyled bumpers, and a smoother tailgate (registration plate enclosure moves to the bumper) for better aero. 

Mercedes-Benz has filed for trademarks in USA for the various EQB variants that include EQB200, EQB250, EQB320, EQB350 and EQB360.

When is the Mercedes EQB expected to launch?

Based on the electrified MFA2 platform, the EQB is expected to have its world premiere in early-2021.

What are the alternatives to the Mercedes EQB?

The third electric SUV from Stuttgart has no direct challengers. Prospective buyers can also consider the Volvo XC40 Recharge & Lexus UX300e.

Indicators at this time are positive on the EQB RHD version, which leads to the hope of an EQB launch in India by the end of 2022. Mercedes-Benz India begins the ‘EQ’ chapter with the sales launch of the EQC in the coming weeks.

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