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New Mercedes-Benz GLB will spawn an electric variant in 2021; first production-previewing prototypes have now emerged
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19 September 2019

Mercedes-Benz will launch an electric version of its new GLB compact SUV in 2021, named the EQB, and more production-like prototypes have now been seen testing.

Previously only seen underneath hacked test mules, the EQB is shown in the new images with altered and disguised front and rear end and similar aerodynamically-optimised wheels as the larger EQC

In a move similar to that undertaken with the GLC and its electrically powered sibling, the GLB will provide the basis for the zero-emission EQB model. It will feature uniquely styled front and rear ends, dedicated wheel designs and other detailed design changes that are said to lower its drag coefficient below 0.30Cd.

The EQB is set for UK sales in two years' time and has been conceived to run a further-developed version of the driveline destined for the upcoming EQA hatchback. It will use two electric motors, with one powering the front wheels and the other driving the rear wheels. Little is known about the new model, but insiders say it will have a battery of at least 60kWh in capacity and manage a claimed range of around 310 miles. 

The GLB is the eighth model to be based around Mercedes' MFA II platform, and it shares its wheelbase with the China-only long-wheelbase A-Class Saloon. At 2789mm, its wheelbase is 60mm longer than those of the other new A-Class models, while a relatively long rear overhang ensures the GLB provides more luggage space than the original GLA. It's not clear yet whether the EQB will retain the GLB's seven-seat option.

Alongside the EQB, Mercedes also plans to introduce a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid system in the GLC for a claimed electric-only range of 62 miles. It will use a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and a gearbox-mounted electric motor to power the front wheels, along with a second motor mounted within a ZF-produced rear axle assembly to power the rear wheels. Energy for the motors is provided by a lithium ion battery packaged within the floor. 

Both models are core parts of parent firm Daimler's massive electrification project, in which Mercedes will invest £9bn to produce 130 electrified variants by 2025. The flagship of this range will be the EQS, an electric sibling of the next-generation S-Class. 

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xxxx 14 January 2019

JLR EV experience

Judging by reviews, owner feedback and spec the I-Pace betters the German alternatives, that is if you ever get to see a German alternative. 

FM8 14 January 2019

xxxx wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Judging by reviews, owner feedback and spec the I-Pace betters the German alternatives, that is if you ever get to see a German alternative. 

Have you seen him today? We need some bait...

paddyb 14 January 2019

Actually the Jaguar I-Pace

Actually the Jaguar I-Pace should be better than the Merecedes EQC and EQB, as a purpose built EV.  The Merecedes are thinly disguised conversions of the GLC and GLB.  No proper EV would have such a larger bonnet / hood without any storage under it!

FM8 14 January 2019

paddyb wrote:

paddyb wrote:

Actually the Jaguar I-Pace should be better than the Merecedes EQC and EQB, as a purpose built EV.  The Merecedes are thinly disguised conversions of the GLC and GLB.  No proper EV would have such a larger bonnet / hood without any storage under it!

It may be better, but it's useless unless you can actually get it to accept a charge, which is a bit of an issue for the only person I know who has one.

eseaton 14 January 2019

I really don't know who is

I really don't know who is meant to enjoy reading this?

There is nothing - nothing - interesting about yet more fiddling with existing platforms, dashboard etc.

If you change your socks, you do not become a different person.

And you will never be a 200 if you are a 1.3.

FM8 14 January 2019

eseaton wrote:

eseaton wrote:

I really don't know who is meant to enjoy reading this? There is nothing - nothing - interesting about yet more fiddling with existing platforms, dashboard etc. If you change your socks, you do not become a different person. And you will never be a 200 if you are a 1.3.

I'm only trying hook FMS...