New Mercedes EQB is a seven-seat electric SUV

The new fully electric Mercedes EQB SUV brings seven-seat practicality to the brand’s EV line-up

  • Available with five or seven seats
  • Two EV powertrains available at launch with up to 260 miles of range
  • On sale later this year starting from around £47,000

The European version of the electric Mercedes EQB SUV has been revealed. The new car, which made its debut earlier this year at the Shanghai Motor Show in China, is a fully electric version of the Mercedes GLB. It's the fourth model to join the EQ range, alongside the EQA SUV, the EQC SUV and the flagship EQS saloon.

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The EQB will go on sale later this year with two powertrains at launch, offering a range of up to 260 miles. Prices are expected to start from around £47,000.

When it arrives in showrooms, the EQB will be offered in both five- and seven-seat configurations, giving it a distinct practicality advantage over rivals including the Audi Q4 e-tron, Volkswagen ID.4, Skoda Enyaq and BMW iX3, all of which come with five seats.

Powertrains

From launch, buyers will be able to choose either the EQB 300 4MATIC or the EQB 350 4MATIC. Both are powered by the same 66.5kWh battery, offering an official range figure of up to 260 miles. The 300 version has a dual-motor setup with all-wheel drive, producing 219bhp. The 350 model uses the same drivetrain, but gets a power increase to 288bhp. Mercedes has also promised a long-range version of the new EQB, which will follow later on.

2021 Mercedes EQB

When it comes to charging, the EQB is compatible with 11kW AC charging from a standard wallbox, thanks to its on-board charger. Its maximum CCS rapid charging rate, meanwhile, is 100kW, meaning a boost in charge from 10-80% will take around 30 minutes.

Design

2021 Mercedes EQB SUV

The EQB follows the convention set by the EQA and EQC in that it’s essentially an all-electric equivalent of an existing combustion engine-powered Mercedes model. The EQB retains the same boxy profile as the GLB on which it’s based but gains a new aerodynamic front end with a streamlined grille and EQ-specific headlight signature. The rear also gets a full-width LED light bar.

Interior and practicality

A majority of the interior is shared with the GLB, aside from rose-gold interior trim pieces. The dashboard features a pair of 10.25-inch screens running the brand’s MBUX infotainment system for the digital dial cluster and main screen. This setup features unique EQ-specific branding and features.

2021 Mercedes EQB SUV

While it shares its platform with the smaller EQA, it boasts a 2,829mm wheelbase meaning, should buyers option it, the SUV can accommodate a third row of seats. Mercedes says, however, that these two additional seats are more suitable for children, comfortably seating people up to 5’ 4’’ tall. The EQB is a five-seater as standard.

If you choose the five-seat model, you’ll get luggage space of 495 litres. The seven-seat model, meanwhile, with the third row folded flat boasts 465 litres. These figures are marginally smaller than the petrol and diesel-powered GLBs, which offer 570 and 500 litres respectively, because of the electric powertrain’s extra bulk.

Technology

The EQB comes equipped with all the usual driver assistance technology systems you’d expect to find in a Mercedes. These include lane keep assist and active brake assist, which come as standard. Buyers can also choose to add a Driving Assistance Package option, which includes semi-autonomous driving assistance features.

Want to find out more about electric SUVs? Check out our article on the best currently available.

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