New Mercedes EQB SUV unveiled
The new fully electric Mercedes EQB SUV can accommodate up to seven people
- Available as a seven-seater
- Battery sizes will start from 66.5kWh
- Will be available later in 2021
The electric Mercedes EQB SUV has been revealed. It’s a fully electric version of the Mercedes GLB and the fourth model to join the EQ range, alongside the EQA SUV, the EQC SUV and the flagship EQS saloon.
The EQB, which is set to arrive later this year, is for electric-car buyers who have space and practicality as priorities. One advantage it has over rivals such as the Volkswagen ID.4 and Audi Q4 e-tron is that it offers the option of seven seats.
2021 Mercedes EQB: design and interior
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.
While it shares its platform with the smaller EQA, it boasts a longer wheelbase meaning, should buyers opt for 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 mode, you’ll get boot 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.
While full powertrain specifications haven’t been confirmed, Mercedes has said the EQB range will be available in several forms, featuring both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Battery sizes will start from 66.5kWh with up to 268bhp on offer. The only version confirmed so far is the EQB 350 4MATIC, which is an all-wheel-drive variant with a range of 260 miles according to WLTP tests. Mercedes has also promised a long-range version of the new EQB, which will follow later on.
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.
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.
Pricing information will be revealed nearer the car’s launch later this year.
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