Mercedes is gearing up for a double debut in India this December with the launch of the GLB and EQB. These luxury mid-size SUVs are the rarest of the seven-seat configurations. GLB is coming almost two and a half years after its world premiere and EQB was unveiled in April 2021. The latter is the first seven-seat electric offering in the luxury carmaker’s portfolio and the first of its kind in the Indian market.
The GLB sits between the GLA and the GLC in the Mercedes-Benz portfolio. It has boxier proportions with styling that is more rigid than luxurious in its relatively compact design to accommodate third-row passengers. On paper, it serves as the luxury option for the likes of Mahindra XUV700, MG Hector and Tata Safari. For a more futuristic feel, there’s an all-electric EQB with sleek styling details.
The GLB gets you the following engine options: a 1.3-litre petrol engine (making 163PS and 250Nm), a 2-litre turbo-petrol engine (224PS and 350Nm) and a 2-litre turbo-diesel engine with two tuning options (150PS/ 320Nm). and 190PS/400Nm). The smaller petrol engine is mated to a seven-speed DCT (dual-clutch automatic), while the larger petrol and diesel units come with an eight-speed DCT. The SUV can be had with both front-wheel drive and 4MATIC all-wheel drivetrain. It can also accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 6.9 seconds.
Mercedes will pair the EQB with a 66.5kWh battery pack with two electric motor setups: 228PS/390Nm and 292PS/520Nm. The Mercedes-Benz EQB will also get an all-wheel drivetrain (AWD) with a WLTP-claimed range of up to 419km. Using a 100kW charger, the EQB can be charged from 10-80 per cent in 30 minutes.
Both versions have a similar interior layout with premium upholstery. It gets an integrated display setup for the digital instrument cluster and a central touchscreen for the MBUX infotainment system.
The India-spec GLB gets a seven-inch MBUX display (10.25-inch optional), seven-inch digital instrument cluster (10.25-inch optional), power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, cruise control and over-the-air Includes software updates.
The list of features of the Mercedes-Benz EQB will include two integrated 12.3-inch displays for the digital instrument cluster and infotainment system, ambient lighting and multi-zone climate control.
The Mercedes-Benz EQB will rival the Volvo XC40 Recharge and the Mercedes-Benz GLB will take on the BMW X2, Volvo XC40 and Audi Q4.
Bookings for both Mercedes SUVs are also going on for a token deposit of Rs 1.5 lakh. GLB and EQB prices will be announced on December 2 and deliveries to customers are expected to begin in early 2023. The combustion-engined variant could cost around Rs 55 lakh, while the all-electric variant could cost around Rs 65 lakh. (All prices are ex-showroom).
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