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German luxury carmaker Mercedes has launched the EQB electric SUV in India. The Mercedes EQB is currently offered at an introductory price of Rs 74.50 lakhs (ex-showroom).
The Mercedes EQB is the third all-electric offering from the luxury carmaker in India after the EQC and the EQS sedan. The new EQB is also the first seven-seater EV offering from Mercedes and will sit alongside its ICE powered sibling the GLB.
The Mercedes EQB for India is powered by a dual-motor all-wheel drive setup that draws power from a 66.5kWh battery pack that delivers a range of 423km. The battery offers DC fast charging at speeds of 100kW which charges up the battery pack from 10-80 per cent in just 32 minutes.
The battery pack powers a dual-motor all-wheel drive setup in the EQB which in India is offered in the 300 guise. The EQB 300's dual motor setup produces 225bhp and 390Nm of peak torque. The EQB 300 sprints from 0-100km/h in a claimed 7.7 seconds and has a top speed of 160km/h.
The Mercedes EQB is 4,684mm long, 1,834mm wide, and 1,667mm long. The wheelbase of the new Mercedes EQB is 2,829mm long and the seven-seater EV weighs in at 2,175kg and also sports a 495-litre boot.
In terms of design, the all-new EQB looks very similar to its ICE-powered GLB sibling except for a few distinct design tweaks that are distinct to Merc's EQ EV brand.
At the front, the distinct Mercedes-EQ black panel with the large three-pointed star logo sits in place of the grille. This is flanked on either side by wraparound headlights with blue highlights that are connected by a lightbar that runs atop the blocked off grille.
The sides feature a set of alloy wheels that are exclusive to the EQB that are designed to lessen the drag effect of the boxy SUV. At the rear, the Mercedes badge sits below a chunky lightbar style taillight section.
The interiors of the new GLB look rather premium with the front section of the cabin dominated by the dual display setup (driver and infotainment) that we have come to expect from the German luxury marque.
The second row of seats are on rails and can be adjusted to squeeze out more room for those in the back or to enhance legroom when the third row is unoccupied. The third row of seats are best left for children or those with shorter than normal statures.
Thoughts On the Mercedes EQB
The Mercedes EQB is yet another luxury offering from the German marque but the fact that the SUV has to be imported into India means that the price is quite high compared to offerings from Kia and Volvo. However, the third row of seats is rather unique for the EV segment in India and should help draw buyers to the EQB.