Mercedes-Benz unveiled the EQB, a compact electric SUV that first appeared on the company’s EV roadmap late last year. It will be the automaker’s first electric SUV to go on sale in the United States after canceling plans to release the EQC in the United States.
The new model bears a strong resemblance to the company’s current GLB SUV, albeit with a newly designed front-end and all-electric platform.
The EQB has a boxer and more classic SUV design than the fast-paced EQS is slightly taller and can seat up to seven people. Unlike the GLB, the new model has headlights, a solid grille, and a strip of taillights.
Like most luxury electric vehicles these days, it will have a couple of large screens for the dashboard and infotainment system, all powered by Mercedes-Benz’s MBUX system.
Earlier this month, Mercedes-Benz launched the EQS with a whopping 107.8 kWh battery pack and a range of 478 miles (WLPT).
However, the EQB will come with a much smaller 66.5 kWh battery and a significantly reduced 260-mile WLPT range (US EPA ranges will be smaller anyway). However, Mercedes-Benz said it is working on a version with an extended range.
The EQB will come in front-wheel and all-wheel-drive versions of up to 270 horsepower, which should provide decently, but not great, performance. It will first launch in China and Europe, with the US model imported from Europe when it arrives in 2022.
The price is still unknown but is expected to be significantly lower than the over $ 100,000 EQS, especially considering the much smaller battery. The EQC was supposed to start at $ 67,900 in the US before it was canceled.