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Mercedes GLB Is Going Electric To Fight The Tesla Model Y

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Here's your first good look at the Mercedes EQB.

The Mercedes-Benz GLB arrived on the scene as the German automaker's smallest crossover model. Soon after, Mercedes released the AMG GLB 35, a sportier version with a highly-tuned turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 306 horsepower. An even more powerful AMG GLB 45 has already been spotted testing and could produce around 416 hp in production guise. This will easily be the quickest GLB in the range but our spy photographers just captured pictures of what could be an even more important new model.

This is a test mule of the upcoming Mercedes EQB, a new electric crossover in the company's EQ range of electric models that already includes the EQC crossover and EQV van, as well as the upcoming EQS flagship. We've seen spy shots of the EQB before but this is the first time the prototype has shed enough camouflage to be more recognizable.

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The last time we saw the EQB undergoing winter testing, it was difficult to tell what the vehicle looked like because of the heavy camouflage. Now, we can see the EQB showing very similar styling to the handsome GLB but with some noticeable differences. Since the EQB is electric and doesn't need to cool an engine, it lacks the traditional grille found on the GLB. It also appears the headlights and bumper design will be slightly different than the GLB to help differentiate the EQB from its gas-powered sibling.

These may not be the production wheels but clearly the EQB will be available with a more aerodynamic wheel design to give it a longer electric driving range.

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We also noticed the license plate has been moved down to the bumper instead of the tailgate as it is on the GLB, possibly to add a light bar between the taillights.

Range estimates are still a mystery but the EQB will hopefully match or exceed the 279-mile range estimate of the larger EQC. If the EQB keeps the seven-seat layout found on the GLB, it will be the perfect rival to go against the upcoming Tesla Model Y. Expect Mercedes to reveal a production model sometime in 2020.

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