All-Electric Mercedes EQB To Be Based On Upcoming GLB SUV

The upcoming Mercedes GLB will form the basis for a pure electric derivative, named the EQB, much in the same way the EQC is based on the GLC.

Autocar reports that the German carmaker is planning both a plug-in hybrid and an all-electric powertrain for the GLB, with the latter featuring model-specific bodywork with improved aerodynamis.

The new GLB will share the company’s MFA II architecture with models like the A-Class and the GLA, and will be positioned above the latter in the market as a direct rival to models like Audi’s Q3 and BMW’s X1.

It will reportedly share the wheelbase of the China-only A-Class LWB, which at 2789mm is 60mm longer than the regular A-Class models. This combined with a longer rear overhang will make the GLB a more practical and spacious SUV than the GLA, thanks also to the boxier roof line.

As for the all-electric EQB, it will feature unique front and rear ends, as well as wheel designs and various EQ design cues. Power will come from a version of the EQA’s powertrain featuring two electric motors, one on each axle, a battery of at least 60kWh in capacity and an estimated range of 310 miles on a full charge (500km).

The plug-in hybrid GLB on the other hand will employ a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine working together with two electric motors. One of them will be mounted on the rear axle while the floor-mounted battery pack will provide enough juice for a zero-emissions range of 62 miles (100km).

Mercedes is planning to reveal the GLB either in September during the Frankfurt Motor Show, or a bit earlier in the summer, with sales starting in early 2020. As for the EQB, it’s expected to arrive in the market in 2021, one year after the compact EQA hits dealerships.

more photos...

 

  • TheHake

    So the GLK isn’t dead after all…

Toyota Granvia Getting Ready To Launch In Australia In Q4

The Toyota Granvia is described as providing an almost limo-like degree of cabin comfort and refinement.

Special Edition SsangYong Tivoli LE Priced From £17,745 In UK

The SsangYong Tivoli LE is based on the existing ELX derivative and features a new Orange Pop color.

2020 Aston Martin DBX Could Get A Drift Mode

Aston’s senior manager of vehicle dynamics, Ian Hartley, hinted at the possible tail-happy function.

MG ZS EV Launches With 163 Miles Of Range, £21,495 Starting Price

The first 1,000 customers benefit from the reduced price and also get a free home charging port.

JLR Receives £500m Loan From UK Government For EV Development

The UK government wants JLR to start producing more electric cars.

Ford Teases A Small Pickup – But What Exactly Is It?

Some say it’s not even a real vehicle, but all things point to it being an, as yet unknown, new truck.

Mazda Says It Has No Intention Of Making A Mazda3 Hot Hatch

The powers-that-be at Hamamatsu do not think that a sportier version would benefit the regular model that much.

Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro Gets $200k Sticker Price, Sales Begin In Late 2019

This is the most hardcore version of Merc’s sports coupe, until the advent of the Black Series.

Want To See The C8 Corvette Up Close? Go To Detroit On July 27

If you’re not invited to the official unveiling, you can wait 9 days – but it’ll cost you 65 bucks.

Pickup Design Creates The Perfect Bike Rack For The Mercedes X-Class

The stylish rack comes with an appropriately, for a Benz, steep price – namely, $5.6k.