It'll be one of the smaller seven-seater vehicles on the market.
Mercedes-Benz is wasting no time expanding its EQ range of fully electric vehicles. This week, the dramatic new EQS luxury sedan was officially unveiled. Not every new Mercedes EV will be a six-figure vehicle, though, and the EQB compact crossover is one of the more affordable models that will soon show its face. Mercedes has just confirmed that the EQB will be unveiled on Sunday, April 18. Spy shots of the EQB have been scarce but the model was spotted at the Nurburgring last year.
The reveal of this new model will form part of the Mercedes-EQ Night Shanghai at Auto Shanghai 2021. Although we've already seen the new EQS, it will have its Asian premiere at the same event.
Despite its compact size, the EQB will be able to seat seven occupants. Alternatively, the seats can be folded to free up total cargo space of over 60 cubic feet. That's about as much space as is offered in the GLB-Class; this is no surprise since the EQB is basically an electric version of the GLB. Based on the single teaser image shared by Mercedes, the EQB will boast similarly boxy styling to the GLB. There is no trendy coupe-like roofline at the back, which makes sense considering that a third row needs to be comfortably accommodated. In front, the teaser reveals a LED lighting element that visually connects the headlight clusters, a feature seen on the EQS.
We expect it to have unique wheel designs and a closed-off grille to set it apart from its gas-powered sibling. Not many technical details for the EQB have been confirmed up until this point, although a twin-motor configuration with all-wheel drive and around 268 horsepower should be on offer, and possibly a single-motor derivative as is used in the EQA, the smallest Mercedes-EQ SUV that was unveiled in January. The EQA has a range of 302 miles on the NEDC testing cycle, but the EQB is likely to be heavier so it'll be interesting to see how close Mercedes can get to the 300-mile mark. The new EQB will launch in China and Europe first before making its way to local shores in 2022.