Mercedes-Benz engineers have been found with a prototype for an electrical version of the GLB-Class. The new EV is confirmed as the EQB and will be offered sometime in 2021.
2021 Mercedes-Benz EQB Spy Shots
Although the model looks like the routine GLB, the sealed-off grille and absence of exhaust pipes verify it as an EV. Earlier test mules were likewise seen with totally covered underbodies.
The GLB is based on the very same MFA2 (Mercedes Front-drive Architecture) as the recently introduced A-Class. The EQB will feature a battery-electric version of the platform. The platform will also underpin an EQA electrical hatch previewed in concept kind in 2017. The very first dedicated EV platform from Mercedes will debut in the EQS sedan, likewise due around 2021.
2021 Mercedes-Benz EQB Powertrain
As for the powertrain, expect an electric motor at each axle and around 60 kilowatt-hours of battery capacity for more than 200 miles of range initially. More powertrain alternatives might be included down the line. Trademark filings made by Mercedes with the United States Patent and Trademark Office mean EQB200, EQB250, EQB320, EQB350, and EQB360 grades.
Mercedes’ very first volume EV is the GLC-based EQC due in local showrooms in the very first half of 2020. The EQA is expected to appear around the very same time, though a U.S. launch for the electric hatch might not take place due to crossovers being more popular here. Therefore we’re more likely to receive the EQB to satisfy regional purchasers trying to find a compact EV from Mercedes.
Lots of car manufacturers in the high-end area are dealing with electrical compact crossovers. Volvo will launch an electric XC40 on October 16, and Lexus is thought to be working on an electrical variation of its UX. France’s DS has also just presented the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense. Soon we’ll be able to include Mercedes’ EQB to the list.