Monday, May 23

2022 Mercedes Benz EQB debuts as seven-seater EV

The recently-launched Mercedes Benz EQS was a significant addition to the top rung of the brand’s EV lineup while the EQA entered the scene as a stepping stone to the marque. In a bid to expand their electric-car portfolio further, the Mercedes-Benz EQB debuts in China with seating for seven and a maximum power output of 288 hp.

The Mercedes Benz EQB, as the name suggests, is the EV version of the rather square GLB SUV. The front fascia is updated to gel with the faces of its larger siblings. A large black panel replaces the grill while the headlamps flow into it from either side.

The side profile is the same as that of the GLB while the rear gets a full-width tail lamp, again an EQ design feature. The interior is almost identical to its fossil fuel-powered twin. Three rows of seats are standard in China while it is an optional feature elsewhere. If not in use, these seats can fold flat down, opening up a cargo space of 465 litres.

The EQB is likely to share its powertrain and battery components with the swoopier EQA, and both are expected to share chassis components with the gasoline-powered GLA-class and GLB-class SUVs. The entry-level model will be the EQB250, which will come with a 221-hp electric motor and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive may be optional and a more powerful EQB350 model could also be offered.

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