After the EQA and EQS, Mercedes-Benz revealed its third EQ model for 2021 — the EQB. The EQB is, of course, the all-electric version of the first-ever GLB, and will make its public debut at the 2021 Auto Shanghai. As with the GLB, the EQB will also offer an optional 7-seat configuration.
As for the styling, the EQB looks fairly similar to the GLB, except for the front fascia which has the EQ-typical design language with a black panel flanked by the EQ-specific full-LED headlamps. A fibre-optic strip on the black panel connects the running lights. At the rear, the taillights are connected by a narrow light strip, which is again an EQ-specific thing. Also, notice that the rear license plate is on the bumper as opposed to a tailgate integrated license plate in the GLB.
The light-alloy wheel sizes are capped at 20-inches and are available in bi- or tri-color finishes. There’s also a rosé gold-painted option. As for the vehicle dimensions, the EQB measures 4,684 mm long, 1,834 mm wide (excluding mirrors) and 1,667 mm tall. Compared to the GLB, the EQB measures 50 mm longer and 9 mm taller. The wheelbase, however, remains the same at 2,829 mm. For those interested to know, the EQB boasts a drag coefficient of 0.28 Cd.
Mercedes claims that the third row is usable and apparently, the seats can accommodate people up to 1.65 metres tall. Child seats can also be fitted there, the company said. Oh yea, forgot to tell you that the third row comes standard in China. The third row seats can be lowered flush in case you need more luggage space.
The cabin is almost identical to that of the GLB, featuring all the usual stuff, such as the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) with two displays side by side. Depending on the specification, the cabin also gets rosé gold highlights. Safety features include seat belts with belt tensioners and force limiters on all outer seats and a side airbag that also covers passengers in the third row.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story then, the EQB range will include several models with front-wheel and all-wheel-drive variants. For the Chinese market, Mercedes is launching a range-topping AMG Line model with an output of 215 kW (292 metric hp). For Europe, certain models will offer over 200 kW (272 metric hp); details are expected in the coming days. The battery packs in Europe will offer usable capacities starting from 66.5 kWh. The Euro-spec EQB 350 4Matic is claimed to offer an NEDC range of up to 478 km (297 mi) and a WLTP range of up to 419 km (260 mi). The battery packs will support up to 100 kW DC fast charging. A long-range version is also in the works.
The Chinese EQB will be produced at the Beijing Benz joint venture facility, while the global variant will roll out of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét, Hungary. The EQB for the U.S. market will arrive in 2022.