The Mercedes-Benz EQB is inching closer to its series production version. The electric SUV has been caught by the spy photographers, testing on public roads.
Soon after the reveal of the GLB SUV, Mercedes is paving the way for the electric variant. Due to arrive in 2021, the model is undergoing intensive tests. Prototypes have gone out on the road, sporting elements similar to those of the first member of the EQ family, the EQC, such as the aerodynamically-optimized wheels.
The car has been out testing before, but it always wore hacked test mules, Autocar.co.uk reports. It is thus the first time when it shows up with the front and rear ends disguised.
Scheduled to hit the market in two years’ time, the electric SUV will be based on the conventional GLB, but, since the combustion engine is lacking, it will come with a front end similar to the EQC, with a closed radiator grille. It will be powered by two electric motors, one on each of the axles, providing the vehicle with four-wheel drive.
Autocar states that the MFA II-based EQB will come with a lithium-ion battery of a minimum capacity of 60 kWh and be capable to run approximately 310 miles (500 kilometers).
It is yet unclear if the car will be able to optionally accommodate up to seven occupants. Daimler has already filed trademarks for the EQB 200, EQB 250, EQB 260, EQB 300, EQB 320, EQB 350 and EQB 360, hinting that there will be several versions of the electric model.
The EQB will be followed by the EQA hatchback. The premium car company is also working on the flagship of the electric family, the EQS. The future sedan has been previewed by the concept with the same designation last week, at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Further details and spy photos of the EQB are on Autocar.co.uk.
Photo source: Autocar.co.uk.