Mercedes-Benz has used Auto Shanghai 2021 to current yet one more addition to its rising steady of EQ electrical automobiles.
The most recent is the EQB compact crossover which was revealed on Monday and confirmed to begin gross sales in the USA in 2022. The model proven is for the Chinese language market however the U.S.-spec EQB ought to be related.
The EQB is actually an electrical model of the gas-powered GLB-Class which is already on sale right here. Mercedes additionally has an EQA primarily based on the marginally smaller GLA-Class crossover, however we do not anticipate this mannequin to succeed in the U.S.
In comparison with the GLB-Class, the EQB advantages from distinctive styling remedies entrance and rear, together with the addition of latest lights. It isn’t purely for aesthetics because the sealed-off grille of the EQB helps to enhance aero effectivity and in consequence optimize vary.
The inside is just about a match with the GLB-Class, although the navigation system is designed particularly for electrical mobility. It incorporates GPS information, visitors signal recognition and data from a number of car sensors to assist general effectivity and supply correct data on vary. As an illustration, it takes into consideration the route’s topography and even climate, and is ready to react dynamically to adjustments. It additionally is aware of when to convey the battery to optimum temperature for charging earlier than a deliberate charging cease.
In contrast to the not too long ago revealed 2022 EQS electrical sedan, the EQB does not experience on a devoted EV platform. As a substitute, it makes use of an electrical model of the MFA2 platform present in Mercedes’ compact vary, together with the GLB-Class. For the Chinese language market, the EQB is being launched as a single EQB 350 mannequin with a 288-hp motor mounted on the entrance axle and a battery with a 66.5-kilowatt-hour capability. Extra fashions are deliberate together with ones with long-range battery choices and dual-motor all-wheel drive.
Mercedes-Benz EQB (Chinese language spec)
No vary estimate has been given for the EQB 350 however we do not anticipate it to be excessive with this battery. Charging at as much as 100 kilowatts is feasible, which is able to allow a 10-80 p.c cost in slightly over half-hour. Specs for the U.S. market can be introduced nearer to subsequent yr’s launch.
Manufacturing of the EQB can be dealt with at vegetation in China and Hungary.
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