Mercedes-Benz is set to launch the 7-seater luxury electric SUV, the Mercedes EQB later this year. The EQB will follow the EQS to become Mercedes’ second electric car offering in India. While the EQS is manufactured in India it is yet unknown whether the EQB will follow suit. The SUV is expected to make its debut in the final quarter of this year.
Mercedes EQB: What to expect?
Mercedes EQB was launched globally last year, following its unveiling at the Shanghai Auto Show. The EQB is not an entirely new design, it is based on the ICE Mercedes GLB SUV. The electric SUV comes with a seven-person seating capacity, with three rows inside.
The interior and cabin details of the EQB are quite similar to the GLB. On the exterior, though, the EQB gets a few tweaks. It gets the signature EQ design with a blanked-off front grille and a full-width LED light bar at the rear.
In the international market, the EQB has been made available in two variants – a dual-motor 228hp powertrain dubbed the 300 4Matic, and a higher spec 292hp dual-motor powertrain dubbed the 350 4Matic. Mercedes has not announced which motor it will bring to India, although it is not out of the realm of possibility that both variants may be up on offer.
The EQB 350 4Matic is powered by a 66kWh battery pack. On an AC set-up, this battery pack can be fully charged in 5,45 hours using the 11kW charger. The 100kW fast charger can boost the battery level from 10 to 80% in 32 minutes. Mercedes claims that the EQB can run up to 423km on a single charge, with an acceleration of 0-100kmph in 6 seconds.
The Mercedes EQB can be priced anywhere between Rs 60-70 lakh. Internationally, the SUV is competing against the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y. Domestically, the EQB will lock horns with the Audi Q4 e-Tron.