2021 Mercedes EQB electric SUV revealed: price, specs and release date
New Mercedes EQB electric SUV will be capable of travelling around 250 miles between charges...
On sale: Late 2021 Price from: £50,000 (est)
If you want to launch a big-selling new car in 2021, you’d better follow some simple rules. First, it should be an SUV, because that’s what a lot of families are choosing these days. Second, it should be electrified in some way – running purely on fossil fuels is so last decade. And finally, it should have a unique selling point that your salesfolk can shout about in the showroom. Welcome, then, to the new Mercedes EQB, the smallest seven-seat electric SUV you can buy.
Indeed, while you can choose from similarly zero-emission people carriers such as the Peugeot e-Rifter or Mercedes’ own EQV, only the Tesla Model X matches the EQB’s bums-on-seats capacity in the SUV market, and that car is both a lot larger and a lot more expensive. Granted, the EQB’s rearmost seats will be a squeeze for most adults, but you can also fit two child car seats back there.
When travelling in seven-seat mode, boot space is likely to be pretty tight, but with the rearmost seats folded away there should be enough space for a couple of holiday suitcases in their place. It’s worth knowing that the five-seat version of the EQB can carry slightly more (495 litres, versus 465 litres for the seven-seater), and that the rival Audi Q4 E-tron, also a five-seater, can carry substantially more. The five-seat Volvo XC40 Recharge, meanwhile, can carry a little less.
The rest of the EQB’s interior will be familiar to anyone who’s seen the GLB, upon which this car is based. There’s the same dual-screen layout, for example, with one given over to digital instruments and the other used for infotainment. It’s likely that both screens will measure 7.0in as standard, but you’ll be able to upgrade each to 10.25in via the options list.
Choice is the operative word when it comes to the EQB’s power options; there are front and four-wheel drive models to choose from and multiple power outputs. One thing they all have in common, though, is a 66.5kWh battery pack, and while full technical details of the launch line-up have yet to be revealed, the range-topping EQB 350 4Matic will feature dual electric motors producing 288bhp.
There’s no official word on range, either, but we’d expect the EQB to be capable of at least 250 miles on a charge. For context, the Q4 E-tron can manage up to 309 miles between charges, while the upcoming Tesla Model Y should also hit the 300-mile mark. The Volvo XC40 Recharge is closer to the EQB, managing up to 257 miles officially.
Given the EQB’s position between the existing EQA and EQC electric SUVs in Mercedes’ line-up, you won’t be surprised to hear that it will likely fall between those cars on price; it's expected to cost from around £50,000. That’s a lot more than the upcoming Q4 E-tron, but around the same money as the XC40 Recharge.
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