Mercedes-Benz Developing EQB Small Electric SUV

JAN 14 2019 BY MARK KANE 17

The BEV and PHEV versions of the new Mercedes-Benz GLB are coming

Mercedes-Benz is preparing to launch a new GLB small SUV (internal codename X247). According to the latest news, it will come in several powertrain options. This includes gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid and all-electric as the Mercedes-Benz EQB. The new model will be directly comparable to the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Lexus NX.

The GLB reveal is expected later this year. The all-electric version probably will be ready no earlier than 2020. It will distinguish itself from conventional versions by details:

“In a move similar to that undertaken with the larger GLC and its electrically powered EQ C sibling, the GLB will provide the basis for the zero-emission EQ B model. It will feature uniquely styled front and rear ends, dedicated wheel designs and other detailed design changes that are said to lower its drag co-efficient below 0.30.

Inside, the dashboard is shared with other new A-Class models. Along with digital instruments, its infotainment system supports Mercedes’ new MBUX operating system, which brings both standard touchscreen and optional speech control.”

The EQB probably will be a long-range (310 miles/500 km), dual motor all-wheel drive model. However, it’s too early to tell for sure.

The plug-in hybrid GLB EQ Power is expected to get up to 62 miles (100 km) of all-electric range, as well as a 2.0L gasoline engine and all-wheel drive (one gearbox-mounted electric motor mounted in the front and second one in the rear in the form of a ZF rear axle). Since the battery will be installed within the floor, trunk capacity should remain on par with gasoline version.

Source: Autocar

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17 Comments on "Mercedes-Benz Developing EQB Small Electric SUV"

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So what of the electric B-Class? Is that dead, or will it be called something else? If it’s dead, does no one have any plans to bring out a sensible non-CUV/SUV EV with a decent trunk that I can put bikes and skis in?

Yes, unfortunately they already stopped production back in 2017. They still managed to sell 135 remaining units in US in 2018 (132 from January to May), so now it’s basically dead.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

Well, the B Class was a crappy compliance vehicle. There was interest in it at our NDEW event though.

While that might be true, they did work on it with Tesla, so you should see it more of an experiment!

Yavor, Tesla did the entire powertrain for Mercedes.

It’s interesting it never had the ability to fast-charge.

Range was low but not horrible, I think the biggest drawback was the lack of DC fast charge (and AC one limited at 11 kW). For the car itself, it was actually good-looking and practical but pretty unusable for long distances.

Well the new B-Class is quite pretty, and I was hoping to see an EV in that form factor. But yeah, the old EV was pretty lame with no DC and no improvements over the car’s life. Polar opposite to the i3.

I’m just waiting for the GLA Hybrid or Electric. Even the ICE GLA didn’t make it onto the 2019 roadmap even after lots of spy shots and testing

That sounds like an appealing small car. The low drag coefficient makes me think this will look more like a Subaru than a typical US-SUV, which is great. I find the basic design kind of silly for something that drives around town.

I think dual motor and 200+ miles of range is the one feature that is missing from the current drop of smaller EVs. I bet this thing will be a little rocket-ship with better than 300 hp. Now if someone would put those features into a sub-40,000$ car.

I gotta say that I love MB: the quality, style and performance. But tech wise, why are they so slow?

The tesla model S came out in 2012. That is 7 years ago. MBs real counter offer isn’t coming before the end of this year.

7 years have passed without competing at all? I would expect 3-5 real competitors from a company like MB by now (1 in in each of their classes)!

Why would they rush when they are making $ billions with their ICE vehicles?

Mercedes are producing the Smart EQ cars and also producing E-Fuso truck. Mercedes have PHEV models for many of their model series.

Mercedes made the SLS AMG Electric Drive supercar in 2013, 4 motors and active torque vectoring. Tesla has still not been able to build a car that can match its performance on track. Nordschleife lap times:

Lol, hold your horses, I was answering Yavore’ post . I love MB (driving a 2008 ML) and the day I’ll go EV, the eQ will be on my list…. if I can afford it.
Don’t forget that 2 years ago MB were saying that the future was hydrogen vehicles.

Better be bringing the EQA to North America, Mercedes!

Please bring the BEV version to the U.S. as soon as possible. Not interested in anything with an ICE.

B 250 e it’s fantasctic! After two years of this electric car I don’t want anything else. My second car, now Opel Mokka, will be next year Mercedes EQB.

Will there be a spare wheel?