- Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the EQB, a compact electric SUV that will arrive in the United States in 2022.
- It will first go on sale in China and Europe.
- The EQB will have all-wheel drive and seven-seater options in Europe.
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Just days after Mercedes-Benz unveiled its first electric vehicle for the US market – the sleek EQS sedan – the German automaker unveiled its next battery-powered model: the EQB.
Mercedes unveiled the compact electric SUV at the Shanghai Auto Show on Sunday. The EQB will add another zero-emission option to the burgeoning crossover market in the United States when it arrives in the United States in 2022, but it will first go on sale in Europe and China, the company said. .
Mercedes has not released details on the U.S. version of the crossover, but said European customers will have a number of models to choose from, including some with front-wheel drive, some with all-wheel drive and a long-range model. There will be a seven-seater option with a small third row.
The EQB shares a lot with the gasoline-powered GLB crossover, but adds some unique touches to Mercedes’ EQ electric vehicle lineup. It shares a smooth black panel grille with the EQS and receives horizontal LED light strips at the front and rear that span the width of the vehicle.
It’s still not clear how much the EQB will cost, but it will likely drop between $ 40,000 and $ 50,000 as Mercedes’ entry-level EQ model. It will compete with other compact EV crossovers like the Tesla Model Y, Audi Q4 E-Tron and Jaguar I-Pace.
Mercedes has been on the sidelines of the electric vehicle boom for years, but it seems determined to make up for lost time. In December, the company announced plans to launch six new electric models by 2022. And in April, it launched its flagship electric luxury sedan, the EQS. With 478 miles of claimed range and a gigantic 56-inch “Hyperscreen” inside, the EQS shows that Mercedes is all-in on its EV ambitions.