Mercedes-Benz has unveiled The EQB, a compact electric SUV that first appeared on the company’s EV roadmap at the end of last year. It will be the automaker’s first electric SUV to go on sale in the United States, after canceled plans to release the EQC stateside. The new model strongly resembles the company’s current GLB SUV, but with a newly designed front end and a fully electric platform.
The EQB has a more square and classic SUV design than the swoopy EQS, is a bit larger and can accommodate up to seven people. Unlike the GLB, the new model has rear headlights, a solid grille and a light strip at the rear. As with most luxury EVs these days, it will ship a pair of large displays for the dashboard and infotainment system, all powered by Mercedes-Benz’s MBUX system.
Mercedes-Benz launched the EQS earlier this month with a massive 107.8 kWh battery and a range estimate of 478 miles (WLPT). However, the EQB will arrive with a much smaller 66.5 kWh battery and significantly reduced 260-mile WLPT range (US EPA ranges will be less in each case). However, Mercedes-Benz has said it is working on a longer-range version.
The EQB will be available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions with up to 270 horsepower which should provide decent, but not exceptional, performance. It will first launch in China and Europe, and the US model will be imported from Europe when it arrives in 2022. There is no word on the price, but it is expected to be considerably lower than the EQS of over $ 100,000, especially considering the much smaller battery. The EQC was supposed to start $ 67,900 in the United States prior to its cancellation.
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