Mercedes-Benz engineers have been noticed with a prototype for an electrical model of the GLB-Class. The brand new EV is confirmed because the EQB and will likely be out there someday in 2021.

Though the prototype seems to be just like the common GLB, the sealed-off grille and lack of exhaust pipes affirm it as an EV. Earlier check mules have been additionally seen with absolutely coated underbodies.

The GLB relies on the identical MFA2 (Mercedes Entrance-drive Structure) because the not too long ago launched A-Class. The EQB will characteristic a battery-electric model of the platform. The platform can even underpin an EQA electrical hatch previewed in idea kind in 2017. The primary devoted EV platform from Mercedes will debut within the EQS sedan, additionally due round 2021.

As for the powertrain, count on an electrical motor at every axle and round 60 kilowatt-hours of battery capability for greater than 200 miles of vary initially. Extra powertrain choices could possibly be added down the road. Trademark filings made by Mercedes with america Patent and Trademark Workplace trace at EQB200, EQB250, EQB320, EQB350 and EQB360 grades.

Mercedes’ first quantity EV is the GLC-based EQC due in native showrooms within the first half 2020. The EQA is predicted to look across the similar time, although a U.S. launch for the electrical hatch might not occur resulting from crossovers being extra standard right here. Due to this fact we’re extra prone to obtain the EQB to fulfill native patrons searching for a compact EV from Mercedes.

Many automakers within the luxurious house are engaged on electrical compact crossovers. Volvo will launch an electrical XC40 on October 16 and Lexus is considered engaged on an electrical model of its UX. France’s DS has additionally simply launched the DS three Crossback E-Tense. Quickly we’ll be capable to add Mercedes’ EQB to the listing.

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