Mercedes Benz launched two new Luxury electric SUV models in India last week. These SUVs come as the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLB Class and the Mercedes EQB. The latest offerings from the automakers sit above the GLA in the company’s lineup. It means that these electric cars are the most accessible seven-seater luxury SUVs. Furthermore, these Mercedes Benz Electric SUVs will go on sale in India with both internal combustion and electric powertrain options.
Mercedes Benz GLB and EQB SUV in India
Regarding the options, the Mercedes Benz GLB 2022 SUV in India comes with three models. The seven-seater SUV in India includes the Mercedes Benz GLB 200 (petrol), Mercedes Benz GLB 220d (diesel), and Mercedes Benz GLB 220d 4MATIC (diesel). It will be the first time Mercedes Benz has launched a petrol, a diesel and an all-electric variant simultaneously for the Indian market.
On the other hand, the automobile company also launched the Mercedes Benz EQB in India. The EQB Electric is also a seven-seater SUV by the company in India. As per information, the Mercedes Benz EQB is the third all-electric vehicle launched this year. Furthermore, the company will also be launching a CBU made in Mexico. Both these SUVs will comfortably sit under the electric vehicle range in India. Also Read – Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara Booking, Skoda Kushaq expected price, Kia Seltos booking, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara 2022 price
New Ultra-Fast Charging Points in India
Alongside the Mercedes Benz Electric SUV launch in India, the company also confirmed the setup of 30 ultra-fast charging points in India. Furthermore, the automakers are also planning to set up ten more ultra-fast charging stations across the country by the end of this year. Mercedes Benz believes that by the end of 2022, India will have more than 140 charging points across the country.
During the launch event, Mercedes Benz India said that the EQB customers would receive a complimentary AC wallbox. Furthermore, these customers can also avail of complimentary charging for the first year of car ownership. All 140 of the country’s charging stations will provide the free service. Also Read – Citreon C3 and Citreon C5 Aircross interior design and changes, Citreon India Price details
Mercedes Benz Electric SUVs price in India
Regarding pricing, Mercedes Benz India confirmed that the GLB 200 Electric SUV would start at Rs 63.8 lakhs (ex-showroom) in India. Another model, the Mercedes Benz GLB 200D electric SUV, will start at Rs 66.8 lakhs (ex-showroom) in India. The top-end model of Mercedes GLB 220D 4MATIC will start at Rs 69.8 lakhs (ex-showroom) in India.
How much will the GLB cost?
- Mercedes-Benz GLB 200 Progressive (Petrol) – Rs 63.80 lakh (ex-showroom)
- Mercedes Benz GLB 220d Progressive (Diesel) – Rs 66.80 lakh (ex-showroom). Also Read – Citreon C3 Review India, Citreon C3 price in India
- Mercedes-Benz GLB 220d 4MATIC AMG Line (Diesel) – Rs 69.80 lakh (ex-showroom)
Alongside the GLB Electric SUVs, the automakers also announced the price for Mercedes Benz EQB Electric SUVs in India. This electric Mercedes Benz EQB is priced at Rs 74.5 lakhs (ex-showroom) in India for the fully loaded EQB 300 4MATIC. As mentioned above, all these prices are ex-showroom in India. Also Read – C3 Citreon car and other Citreon SUV price in India
Mercedes Benz GLB Features
The all-new Mercedes Benz GLB SUV comes with a versatile and dynamic appearance. The automakers claim that the GLB features a striking design, flexible seating positions, enough legroom and a load compartment. All these features make it an efficient urban-style SUV in India for daily use. Mercedes GLB off-road capabilities also create a compelling proposition for a mid-range seven-seater luxury SUV in India.
In terms of design, the all-new Mercedes Benz GLB looks like a baby GLS with a similar design structure. Coincidently, the Mercedes GLB is the second seven-seater SUV after the GLS SUV in India. Dimension-wise, both Mercedes SUV looks almost identical. The GLS highly inspires the overall design of the Mercedes Benz GLB SUV. Also Read – Grand Vitara variants, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara Sigma
The Mercedes-Benz GLB gets rectangular LED headlights starting from the front design. Furthermore, the front bonnet also gets a flat design with minimal body outlines. With its boxy proportions, the latest luxury SUV in India receives a single-slat front grille. Since the Mercedes GLB comes in three variants:
1. Progressive for Petrol
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3. AMG for Diesel
Here, the Progressive variants get the single-slat front grille and a rather subtle bumper design. At the same time, the AMG variant gets an AMG front grille and a sharp bumper with air dams.
The Side Profile of the newly launched Mercedes Benz GLB looks similar to the already available GLS SUV in India. Both the Progressive variants come with 18-inch Machined Alloys, while the AMG variant comes with 19-inch Machined Alloys.
The latest Mercedes SUV gets a different C-pillar outlook on the rear side. The overall design appears fresh as well as classic at the same time. Furthermore, the GLB model also gets a split LED taillight. Also Read – Book Brezza 2022, check out infotainment system for Brezza
The Cabin on the Mercedes Benz GLB comes with a familiar look. Moreover, the all-new luxury SUV in India gets a dual-screen instrument console and an infotainment system. This infotainment system comes with a 10.25-inch touchscreen display and runs on the latest MBUX interface. Additionally, the top-end model comes equipped with ventilated powered seats. It also gets a panoramic sunroof which makes the ambience feels supreme. For audio and video controls, it brings support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Notably, the steering of the AMG variant is different from the Progressive variant. However, it does resemble the global AMG line models. Regarding safety features, India’s Mercedes Benz GLB SUV gets seven airbags. It also gets a third row of seats and a reclining second row. It makes the cabin feel bigger. The third row is ideal for families with kids and pet lovers.
In terms of boot capacity, it offers a maximum boot space of 1680L. All these features make this electric vehicle the second SUV under the Mercedes stable to provide such value after GLS. With its highly attractive price point, Mercedes is planning to target young families looking for a feature-packed SUV. Also Read – Mahindra Scorpio 2022 price in India, Scorpio launch date in India
Mercedes Benz GLB Engine
Mercedes India launched the GLB Luxury SUV in three distinct variants.
1. Mercedes Benz GLB 200
2. Mercedes Benz GLB 220D
3. Mercedes Benz GLB 220D 4MATIC
All three variants come with different fuel systems. The GLB200 model gets a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 161bhp. Moreover, it offers a peak torque of 250Nm. The Benz GLB 220D and 220D 4MATIC SUV variants come with a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine. It delivers 188bhp and 400Nm of peak torque. Here, the newly launched Mercedes GLB 220D 4MATIC succeeds the 2020 Mercedes Benz GLB 250 4MATIC.
Is GLB bigger than GLC?
As for the transmission choices, the petrol variant gets 7-speed automation while the diesel variant gets 8-speed dual-clutch automation. Mercedes claims that with this engine, the GLB electric SUV in India can reach from 0 to 100 km/hr in just 7.7 seconds. GLB series SUV offers a top speed of 217 km/hr. The Off-Road Engineering Package is also available in the 4MATIC variant; it adapts the engine’s power delivery and the ABS control for rough terrain.
Mercedes Benz EQB 4MATIC
The all-new Mercedes Benz EQB is another SUV to launch alongside the GLB Luxury SUV in India. The Mercedes EQB is an electric model with similar features and feels just like the GLB SUV in India. It carries several design elements and features from the petrol and diesel-powered variants of GLB. This newly launched 4MATIC Electric SUV in India joins the GLB Series. It features a Mercedes-EQ blacked-out closed-off grille with a central star. The luxury Mercedes Benz EQB rides on the newly launched 18 -inch alloy wheels.
Front and Rear Design
In the Mercedes Benz EQB variant, a horizontal LED strip connects above the headlights. The overall design of the Mercedes Benz EQB 4MATIC is entirely different as it showcases the EV series from the brand. Starting with the front design, the front looks similar to the EQC EUV. The newly launched EQB 4MATIC SUV in India also gets a closed front grille and small air dams.
The front LED lights are curved and are well supported by the sealed bonnet of the Electric SUV. The Mercedes Benz EQB 4MATIC variant for the rear design continues to sport the split LED taillights. These taillights are connected by a chunky red bar on the back gate. Also Read – Mahindra Scorpio N review, Scorpio seating arrangement, Scorpio interior design, Scorpio N boot space and more
Like the Mercedes Benz GLB, India’s EQB 4MATIC all-electric SUV gets a dual-screen setup. Here, both screens measure 10.25-inch. The latest electric SUV features a memory function, ambient lighting, a wireless charging solution and a USB Type-C port. The EQB Electric SUV in India also supports Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
Overall, the dimensions and the wheelbase of the EQB 4MATIC Mercedes Benz Electric SUV are the same as the GLB variant. Although, the maximum boot capacity is less than the GLB model. Mercedes Benz EQB 4MATIC gets a boot space of 1620 litres. Like the Mercedes GLB, the EQB 4MATIC variant also offers 3-row seating with a unique rear design appeal. This third row is ideal for families with kids and pets.
Additionally, the all-new Mercedes Benz EQB 4MATIC Electric SUV is available in only one variant in India. This Electric SUV comes with all luxury and convenience options, just like the GLB model.
Mercedes Benz EQB 4MATIC Engine
The EQB 300 4MATIC has two motors, an asynchronous motor and a newly developed permanently excited synchronous motor in the rear axle. India’s all-new Mercedes Benz EQB electric SUV model comes with two various battery output options. Here, the first battery option model can offer a peak power of 228bhp and a 390Nm of peak torque. At the same time, the Second battery option model of EQB 4MATIC can generate a peak power of 292bhp with a 520Nm of peak torque.
Mercedes Benz EQB 4MATIC Electric SUV in India also has an all-wheel drive system. This EQB 4MATIC SUV is fitted with a lithium-ion battery with a high energy density. Mercedes Benz India claims that the battery pack capacity is 66.5kWh. Furthermore, this battery pack can range up to 420km per charge.
Mercedes EQB Specifications
|Battery Capacity||66.5 kWh|
|Top Speed||160 kmph|
Battery Charging speed
Regarding its charging duration, this battery can quickly charge from 0 to 80 per cent in just 6.5 hours using the onboard 11kW AC charger at homes and public charging stations. This Electric SUV in India can charge even faster with Direct Current (DC). A DC charge of 100kW can fully charge the Electric SUV in under 32 minutes. Mercedes Benz EQB 4MATIC can trust with a maximum power of up to 100kW. Also Read – Mahindra Scorpio 2022 Booking, MG Hector test drive, Hyundai Creta booking, Mahindra test drive booking and more
Mercedes Benz is offering an eight-year warranty on the battery pack. Similarly, Benz GLB also gets an eight-year warranty on the engine and transmission. Both SUVs come to India as Completely Built Units (CBU). The automakers acknowledged that bookings for the Mercedes Benz GLB and EQB had been accepted for some time. The deliveries for the Luxury SUV GLB and EQB in India will begin soon.
Mercedes Benz official Statement
During the Mercedes Benz GLB and EQB SUV launch event, Martin Schwenk, Managing Director & CEO of Mercedes-Benz India, said, “We are excited to wrap up 2022 with the critical introduction of two versatile 7-seater SUVs, the GLB & EQB. Both these SUVs are highly versatile, spacious and ideal for large nuclear families requiring extra space and a pair of seats for the pre-teens or even pets. They can seat up to 7 passengers and offer a choice of space configurations while also being able to navigate rough terrain effortlessly.”