Mercedes EQB electric SUV spotted

Russell Campbell
October 09, 2019

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

 

Mercedes has just launched the EQC but it’s only the first in a range of new electric SUVs which will include this, the smaller EQB.

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 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, carwow’s spies expect the EQB 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.

What you can bet on, though, is that the EQB will be more expensive than its conventional alternative – you can expect to pay close to £50,000 for the car when it goes on sale in a couple of years.