Mercedes GLB-based EQB Electric SUV Revealed at Auto Shanghai 2021
The new all-electric Mercedes EQB breaks cover in Shanghai, China at the ongoing 2021 Auto Shanghai Show. The EQB Electric SUV is touted as a compact for international markets by Mercedes but at nearly 4.7 metres in length, it would be as long as the new Tata Safari, for context. The new SUV is based on the GLB, a model that we’re still awaiting in Indian markets and would make for a compelling proposition as a mid-sized 7-seater SUV. Whether a large nuclear family or a small extended family: as a 7-seater, the new EQB offers space for many family configurations and a wide variety of transport needs. This gives it an exceptional position not only in the compact segment, but especially among electric cars. The two seats in the 3rd row can be used by people up to 1.65 metres tall, and child seats can also be fitted there.
Mercedes EQB: Exterior Design
The exterior design of course sees major modifications to the front-end to give it the EQ family face while most of the bodywork remains similar to the GLB. For a boxy design, the EQB electric SUV achieves a very good drag value of 0.28. Among the most important aerodynamic measures are the completely closed grille, the aerodynamically efficient front and rear aprons, a smooth and almost completely enclosed underbody, specially optimised aero wheels and specifically adapted front and rear wheel spoilers.
Mercedes EQB: Interior Design
Inside, there are unique digital instrument graphics and altered trims, including a new rose gold shade for the aluminium-effect air vents and dashboard panelling, as well as ambient lighting. The remainder is shared with the GLB, including the choice of a 5 or 7-seat interior layout. However, changes made to its MFA platform to accommodate the electric components have reduced boot capacity in 5-seat versions by 75 litres over the GLB, at 495 litres. With the rear seats folded away, capacity increases to 1710 litres.
Power and Battery
The new electric SUV will come in a variety of power and battery options, starting with a 66.5 kWh battery pack and making up to 272 hp and covering 478 km. The EQB can charge at 100 kW and regain 80% charge in 30 minutes via a fast charger.
Mercedes-Benz in India
For India, Mercedes-Benz recently introduced the A-Class Limousine and the updated E-Class and will soon launch the second-generation GLA in our market. There is no news of the EQB electric SUV making it to India anytime soon.