Mercedes EQB electric SUV confirmed to launch next year

Daimler has issued an update on the launch timetable of its EQ series cars. In 2021, three EQ models are set to enter production globally – the EQA, EQB and the EQS. Mercedes will have 6 new EQ launches by the end of 2022. Refer to the Production & Launch section of the story to get the details.

ElectricVehicleWeb.in reader Sabri Bajrami recently snapped a Mercedes EQB (codename: Mercedes X243) prototype in Germany. Yet to be ascertained is whether the EQB would hold on to the 7-seat configuration of its ICE-powered sibling.

Mercedes EQB range & other specifications

Daimler has not given out product 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 1.5 platform), which is expected to come with a 60 kWh battery pack and two electric motors (one on either axle).

The output figures should stand at over 200 kW of power and 500 Nm of torque while the expected range is up to 400 km per charge (WLTP). 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.

Mercedes EQB at a charging station EVA platform
On a previous occasion, a Mercedes EQB prototype was spotted in China, with reports describing it the domestic version with mild adaptations

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 is likely to adopt new signature lights (front and rear) for the EQ derivatives and blue accents in the interior while keeping retaining all the equipment of the gasoline cars.

Mercedes-Benz has filed for trademarks in USA for the various EQB variants that include EQB200, EQB250, EQB320, EQB350 and EQB360 which suggest that it could offer multiple range versions.

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 are 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.

Daimler does not say when exactly production of the EQB starts at the locations but the cadence of the press release detailing the new launches hints that it would unfold in the first half of 2021, sometime between February and June 2021.

Mercedes EQB FAQ

When is the Mercedes EQB expected to launch?

Based on the electrified MFA2 platform, the EQB is now 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 in 2022. Mercedes-Benz India’s CEO Martin Schwenk has opened up about the possibility of assembling a smaller electric car, and it could be that the EQA or the EQB is a CKD launch. The company began the ‘EQ’ chapter with importing limited units of the EQC this year, priced at Rs 99.30 lakh (ex-showroom).

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