► The EQB is the electric GLB
► New powertrain and cosmetic tweets
► 7-seat option may be dropped
Mercedes is busy preparing its EQ range of EVs, and the EQB is going to be an important part of the new, electrified line-up. Based on the GLB, but fitted with a very different powertrain, the EQB will be the third EQ car from Mercedes, following the EQC SUV, and the crossover/hatch-on-stilts EQA.
To find more about the rest of Mercedes’ electric plans, read our guide here.
We’ve spotted the EQB a few times now, testing in the snow and on winter roads with minimal camo, but we already have a good idea of how it’ll look. Mercedes didn’t make a great many cosmetic changes when transforming the GLA to the EQA or the GLC to the EQC – and we can expect the same to be true of the new EQA.
Aside from a blocked-out grille (to reduce drag and redundant cooling) revised lights and perhaps a new front and rear apron, the EQB will look a great deal like the GLB. And the fact that most of the camo on these prototypes is focused around those areas is also telling.
It won’t be identical to the GLA inside, though; the cabin will be reworked, and it’s possible the GLB’s seven-seat configuration will be scrapped to make space for batteries.
We’re expecting to see the electric EQB appear later this year, with a range of just over 300 miles.