We’ve got the latest spy shots of the upcoming Mercedes EQB. Read on for the price, specs and release date of this electric family car…
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- Upcoming EQB electric family car spied testing
- Specs include seven-seater version
- Will be inspired by the new B-Class and EQC crossover
- Expected to go on sale in 2021
The 2021 Mercedes EQB has been spotted in Germany by our spy photographers undergoing testing. The upcoming electric family car from Mercedes will be the second of the EQ range after the EQC crossover and serve as an alternative to the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.
2021 Mercedes EQB price and release date
The EQB is part of Mercedes’ plan to have eight EQ models 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.
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 upcoming 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.