It has been a while since we last saw a prototype of the upcoming Mercedes EQB all-electric SUV.
Since the last sighting in April this year, the automaker has unveiled the GLB compact SUV which shares its bodywork with the EQB, so Mercedes decided there was no need for the all-electric version to keep the heavy camouflage anymore.
As you can see in these fresh, more revealing images, the Mercedes EQB is essentially an electrified GLB. It uses the same body with only minor updated details such as the closed-off grille, unique bumpers, new headlights and updated graphics for the taillights.
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Other modifications compared to the GLB include the EV-specific alloys and lack of exhaust pipes as well as the fact that the area for the license plate has been moved to the rear bumper — likely to make room for an EQC-inspired light strip uniting the taillights.
The EQB is expected to launch sometime in 2020, joining Mercedes’ EQ family which already includes the larger EQC SUV and EQV MPV. The new model will use the same Electric Vehicle Architecture II (EVA II) as the upcoming EQA compact hatch and shall offer several lithium-ion battery pack options, ranging from 60 to 110 kWh.
Real-world driving range is expected to be at least 400 km (248 miles) with the largest battery. Three electric motors will be available, with 150 kW (201 hp / 204 PS), 200 kW (268 hp / 272 PS) and 250 kW (335 hp / 340 PS). Given that the batteries will take up significant space in the vehicle floor, it’s unclear whether the EQB will retain the GLB’s seven-seat option.
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