2021 Mercedes EQB electric SUV: specs, details and release date

Small Mercedes EQB SUV set to join firm's electric range, as test mule is spotted cold-weather testing

Mercedes EQB

The Mercedes EQB – an electric version of the German brand's GLB compact SUV – has been spotted testing in winter conditions in Sweden. The EQB is set to fit into the company's electric range above the smaller Mercedes EQA and below the larger Mercedes EQC when it arrives in 2021, and should look similar to the already-revealed GLB.

That car was unveiled in June 2019 and is on sale now, boasting significant off-road capability and a range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Mercedes' 4MATIC four-wheel-drive system is optional.

A range of around 300 miles and power outputs from 200 to 355bhp are expected from the EQB, in order to be competitive with the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric. Although the GLB is set to be offered with seating for up to seven occupants, it hasn't been confirmed if the electric EQB will manage the same capacity, due to the presence of its battery pack.

From the outside, the GLB echoes the boxy styling of the iconic Mercedes G-Class SUV and the recent spy shots show that the EQB will differ little visually from its internal-combustion-engined siblings. However, distinctive styling touches associated with Mercedes' EQ electric models are certain to appear.

According to Mercedes’ director of exterior design, Robert Lesnik: “We believe that every Mercedes needs a face. This is something that we introduced on EQC and will show on other cars. “There will be different variations of this throughout the EQ family, but they will all share a similar form language."

As part of Mercedes' plan to have eight fully electric EQ models on sale by 2023, the GLB is expected to arrive in showrooms at some point in 2021. Given its position in the range, a starting price of around £45,000 is likely.

The EQB is one of 10 electrified models Mercedes plans to have on sale by the end of 2020. This line-up also includes the Mercedes EQV people carrier and plug-in hybrid versions of most of the conventional range, including the A-Class, C-Class, E-Class, S-Class, GLC and GLE.