Mercedes-Benz EQB: new electric family car revealed

  • Mercedes-Benz EQB seven-seater electric SUV confirmed
  • New pictures show latest EV in EQ range
  • More details for UK market version due later in 2021

This is the new Mercedes-Benz EQB, the next member of the EQ family of electric cars. Like the others in the range, the final letter in the name hints at the size and shape: it occupies a similar part of the market as the conventionally-powered GLB.

Unlike the Mercedes-Benz GLB that it’s related to, and other all-electric SUVs of this size, the EQB comes as standard with seven seats. It has a similar design to the GLB, including the SUV-like plastic body cladding, but there’s a distinctive gloss black grille found on other EQ models and a full-width taillight bar at the back.

It shares its under-the-skin technology with the GLB but also the smaller EQA electric car, and while it’s planned to go on sale in China first, after a reveal at the Shanghai Motor Show, it will go on sale in the UK later in 2021.

Mercedes-Benz EQB range and battery

The only models so far confirmed for launch here are the EQB 300 and EQB 350, the latter of which is four-wheel drive (Mercedes calls whis 4MATIC) and will have a range of around 260 miles on a single charge. The EQB 350 will have a range of 419km (WLTP), which equates to that 260-mile range figure.

The EQB’s final specs haven’t been confirmed yet but the range will include front-wheel and all-wheel drive models with up to 268bhp. There will be various battery sizes too, starting from 66.5kWh (usable), and a longer-range version is on the way too.

You can charge the EQB at 11kW from a compatible wallbox charger at home, or at up to 100kW at a public rapid charger. The latter will take the battery from 10-80 per cent in about half an hour.

Mercedes-Benz EQB interior and practicality

Mercedes-Benz EQB (2021) interior view

The EQB gives away its GLB roots most noticeably in the cabin, as it’s very similar to the interior of the petrol-powered car. That’s no bad thing, as it still features the hi-tech MBUX media set-up with two 10.25-inch widescreen displays on the dashboard.

The screens include more EV-based info including mapping with charge points included automatically, and official pictures show that there are gold vents in the EQB - though that is dependent on the trim level you pick. Full details of specifications haven’t been released yet.

More significantly the EQB is a seven-seater as standard in the UK, and Mercedes says the sixth and seventh seats will be able to fit child seats as well as people up to five foot four. The rear seats can be folded away or slide back and forth to increase boot space, too.

The boot space figures are 495 to 1710 litres (seats up/down) in the five-seater version and 465 to 1620 litres in the seven-seater model. Mercedes says the seven-seat version will be standard but it’s likely you’ll be able to remove that option if you don’t need it.

Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Brake Assist are standard, along with cross traffic assist and pedestrian warning tech.

Mercedes-Benz EQB (2021) seating

What this means for you

The Mercedes EQB has been revealed for the Chinese market first, but it’ll be arriving in the UK later in 2021, so it’s not too far off. The fact that it’s a seven-seater means it has a unique selling point in a market that’s already becoming crowded.

We really rate the GLB, which it is based on, giving it our Medium Famly Car of The Year in the Parkers Awards 2021, so the signs are looking good for this one if they get the price right. You’re spoiled for choice if you want a premium family car that uses an electric powertrain, but the extra practicality this brings could be a real selling point.

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Mercedes-Benz EQB (2021) rear view