2021 Mercedes EQB electric car price, specs and release date

Russell Campbell
October 18, 2019

The Mercedes EQB – an all-electric version of the Mercedes GLB – has been spotted testing, here’s everything you need to know. 

 

Mercedes EQB latest pics

The Mercedes EQB is the second electric SUV Mercedes plans to reveal, following the launch of the larger EQC earlier in 2019.

As the name suggests, it is an all-electric version of the new GLB, something that’s clear despite this car’s camouflage. With electric cars, efficiency is the name of the game so under this prototype’s vinyl mask you can expect to find a closed-off grille and a smoothed nose that will help the car cut through the air more efficiently. 

The back of the car will get a similar treatment, with a bumper specifically designed to channel air away from the flat floor. Apparently, Mercedes is aiming for a drag coefficient rating of 0.30Cd – some way off the 0.22Cd of a conventional Mercedes A-Class saloon

Despite this, expect the EQB electric car to have a range of 310 miles from its 60kWh battery, although a 100kWh battery might also be offered. Power is expected to range from anything between 200 and 335hp, split between two electric motors – one on each axle – to make it four-wheel drive. Whether the EQB will, like the GLB, offer up to seven seats is unknown for now.

2021 Mercedes EQB price and release date

The EQB is part of Mercedes’ plan to have eight EQ electric vechicles by 2023 and will sit between the cheaper EQA hatchback and EQC crossover. As such, expect entry-level cars to cost from around £45,000. The EQB is set to be revealed in full in 2021.

2021 Mercedes EQB design

The car in the pictures you see here is most likely a test mule. In layman’s terms, this means that Mercedes is still some way from deciding on a final design for the EQB but still needs to test all the mechanical components. As a result, the car in these pictures looks very similar to the upcoming B-Class family car. The EQB will be closely related to the B-Class, so expect the overall shape to look similar. The EQB will be more bulbous than the EQA, which will result in more space for rear-seat passengers. The overall shape may be similar to the upcoming B-Class, but the EQB will most likely have a front end design closer to that of the EQC.

The EQB will get an interior inspired by the EQC, shown here

2021 Mercedes EQB interior

There’s no concrete info surrounding the EQB’s interior yet, but you can expect it to be influenced by the one in the EQC. This means you’ll most likely get a set of large widescreen displays that perform the functions of conventional dials and the infotainment system. It’s a layout already in use by Mercedes in its mainstream models, such as the A-Class, but by 2021 there may be completely new graphics and menus available. Rumours point to a seven-seater version of the EQB to be on sale alongside a regular five-seater. The third row in the seven-seat EQB, just like the BMW 2 Series Grand Tourer, will most likely be spacious enough for kids but not quite enough for adults on a long trip. However, the EQB will be a family car in its essence so it’s reasonable to expect extra care has been put in to make it great for passengers in the front two rows.

2021 Mercedes EQB engines and driving

The Mercedes EQB will be the replacement of the outgoing B-Class Electric Drive. Unlike the B-Class Electric Drive, the EQB is conceived as an electric car from the beginning so it’s designed to make the most use of its eco-friendly drivetrain. This means the EQB should feel more stable around corners and shouldn’t lean as much as the B-Class, thus minimising potential road sickness in passengers. For propulsion, the EQB will most likely use dual electric motors to power all four wheels. Basic models will probably get a 60kWh battery, rising to 110kWh for high-spec EQB versions. Expect a range of around 250 miles. Mercedes has patented names and potential power outputs for many variations – from EQB 200 to EQB 360 – although not all of them will be used. A performance model hasn’t been ruled out, but hasn’t been officially confirmed, either.