Mercedes-Benz engineers have been spotted with a test mule for a compact electric car likely to be badged an EQB.
The test mule features the makeshift body of the recently revealed third-generation B-Class minivan. However, the EQB’s real body is anticipated to be that of a compact crossover.
We understand this because of the reasonably tall ride height of this test mule compared to earlier testers for the B-Class. The wheel arches have likewise been extended, recommending a larger footprint.
A look below the test mule exposes a covered underbody without any exhaust piping, indicating this being an electric car. It was also running silently, our professional photographer verified.
The only compact EV validated by Mercedes is the EQA electrical hatchback due out in 2019, which is also doing the rounds in test mule form however in makeshift A-Class hatchback bodies. A concept for the EQA (shown below) was presented at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show.
Mercedes Car in 2020
However, we understand Mercedes is preparing much more electric cars. Hallmark security filings made by Mercedes with the United States Patent and Trademark Office include EQB, EQB200, EQB250, EQB320, EQB350, and EQB360. There’s likewise trademark defense for EQS which we understand will be utilized on a flagship electrical sedan.
The platform for Mercedes’ new compact electrical cars is associated with the car manufacturer’s MFA2 front-wheel-drive platform underpinning the most current generation of Mercedes compact cars. The first dedicated EV platform from Mercedes will debut in 2020 in the EQS.
The very first Mercedes from Daimler’s EQ sub-brand for electric cars is the EQC little SUV due in local display rooms in the very first half of 2020. The EQA will appear in 2019 though a U.S. launch for the electrical hatch may not occur due to crossovers being more beneficial here. Instead, we might end up receiving the EQB to please buyers trying to find a compact EV from Mercedes. Anticipate it to be exposed in 2020.
Many car manufacturers in the high-end area are working on electric compact crossovers. Volvo will launch an electrical XC40 in 2019, and Lexus is believed to be working on an electrical variation of its UX. France’s DS has likewise just introduced the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense. Quickly we’ll likely be able to include Mercedes’ EQB to the list.
The EQB is just among the ten electric models Mercedes prepares to have on sale by the end of 2020. This line-up also includes the Mercedes EQA hatchback and Mercedes EQV people provider.