Mercedes Likely To Launch All-Electric 7-Seater EQB In India In Late 2022 | V3Cars
Mercedes-Benz could launch the all-electric 7-seater EQB SUV in India in late 2022. The EQB is a 7-seater all-electric SUV based on the GLB. Mercedes considered the GLB for the Indian market a couple of years ago but the German carmaker is now betting big on green mobility with its electric vehicle range in the Indian market. Mercedes are yet to confirm the EQB’s launch. However, the carmaker has stated that the all-electric EQS sedan will come to India.
Mercedes-EQ revealed the EQB SUV in global markets back in 2021. Unlike the EQS sedan, the EQB sits on a modified version of the GLB platform. On the design front, the EQB gets a new front fascia, featuring an enclosed grille and connected headlights. Towards the side, the EQB resembles the GLB whereas its rear profile gets connected LED tail lights, giving it a unique identity.
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The inside of the EQB is similar to that of the GLB SUV. The dashboard comes with a twin-screen setup — like in all new Mercedes models. However, the EQB comes with blue ambient lighting for the dashboard, AC vents and door cards. Mercedes-Benz are likely to offer the 7-seater version of the EQB in India — making it the first all-electric 7-seater family SUV to hit our shores.
Mercedes-EQ offer the EQB with 2 drivetrain options — 300 4Matic and 350 4Matic. The EQB 300 offers 228PS of power and 390Nm of torque. On the other hand, the EQB 350 offers 292PS of power and 520Nm of torque. Both the 300 and 350 models come with a 66.5kWh battery pack, 4-wheel-drive and a single-speed transmission. Both models offer a WLTP-certified range of 419km on a single charge. With the help of a 100kW DC fast charger, the EQB can be charged from 0-80% in just 32 minutes.
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The EQB will sit below the EQC SUV in the Indian market. It will rival other premium electric SUVs like the Volvo XC40 Recharge and Kia EV6. Mercedes-Benz could locally assemble the EQB to keep the costs in check. Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz have confirmed the launch of the made-in-India EQS 580 electric sedan for late 2022.
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