The upcoming Mercedes EQB is set to become the second electric SUV from the German car maker, following the bigger EQC.
If the overall shape of the electric EQB looks familiar, it’s because it shares the same body with the GLB SUV, which also explains why most of the body panels are the same. We say most but not all as the small electric SUV is set to get its own front and rear fascias to distinguish itself from its ICE-powered cousins.
The front end will get a set of redesigned headlamps, a blanked off grille and a unique bumper design, while the rear will also get new taillights that will be connected to each other via a thin LED strip and a new bumper that will also host the number plate.
Mercedes is expected to offer the choice between three electric motor choices, starting with the base 150 kW (201 hp / 204 PS), a mid-level 200 kW (268 hp / 272 PS) and a range-topping 250 kW (335 hp / 340 PS). Base models will most likely offer front-wheel drive while the other two variants will combine a pair of electric motors to provide all-wheel drive.
The same applies for the lithium-ion battery pack options, which will start at 60kWh and reach all the way up to 110kWh of capacity. The electric powetrain range will be mirrored in the also upcoming EQA compact hatchback.
Thanks to the model’s high roofline, mounting the batteries within the floor isn’t expected to rob much space in the cabin but we still don’t know if Mercedes will get to retain the GLB’s seven-seat option. The modern dashboard is also expected to remain largely unchanged, featuring new graphics and EV-related information from its infotainment system.
The new Mercedes EQB is expected to reach the market in 2021, following the debut of the smaller EQA electric compact.