The expansion of Mercedes-Benz’s electric vehicle lineup shows no signs of slowing down as the company teases its EQB electric SUV ahead of the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show.

Featuring a seven-seater layout – a rarity in electric cars – and a large trunk that can reach 1,700 liters, the EQB sits on a modified platform shared with the combustion GLB.

However, like the GLA-based EQA, the EQB will get unique front and rear styling cues, dedicated wheel designs, and other detailed design changes that would reduce its drag coefficient below 0.30.

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Technical details remain scarce before the unveiling, but rumor has it that the car uses a 60 kWh battery for a range of 310 miles. It will use two electric motors, one powering the front wheels and the other powering the rear wheels – a setup similar to its EQA sibling.

The GLB is the eighth model based on Mercedes’ MFA II platform, and it shares its wheelbase with the long-wheelbase A-Class sedan only in China. At 2,789mm, its wheelbase is 60mm longer than those of other A-Class models, while a relatively long rear overhang ensures that the GLB offers more luggage space than the GLA.

With production centered in Hungary and Beijing, the electric EQB is launched in China first before European sales follow later this year. The United States will receive the car in 2022.

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When unveiled this Sunday, the EQB will expand Mercedes’ electric offering to a total of five cars: the EQA, EQC, EQV and EQS. An EQE sedan is also expected later this year, along with two more electric SUVs.

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Source: www.autocar.co.uk
This notice was published: 2021-04-16 14:52:39

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