Mercedes-Benz has launched the new EQB fully-electric 7-seater SUV at the Shanghai Motor Show in China. It’s the 3rd compact SUV from Mercedes-Benz’s EQ division following the introduction of the EQA and EQS.

“China is not only the most important passenger car sales region for us, it is also the world’s leading market for electric cars”, said a board member of Daimler AG.

In China, the new EQB has been launched as the EQB 350 4MATIC with a 66.5 kWh battery and an output of 292 hp. Electric driving range is rated at 419 km. Charging takes just 30 minutes to attain up to 80% charge using a direct current (DC) charger.

In Europe, customers will have the choice between front-wheel and all-wheel drive variants with a minimum of 270 hp.

Compared to the GLB models with internal combustion engines, the EQB is 50 mm longer and slightly taller but in terms of width and wheelbase, the EQB shares the same dimensions as the GLB models.

That being said, the GLB can accommodate passengers up to 168 cm in the 3rd row but in the EQB, it can only take up to 165 cm. The 3rd row seats are standard in the Mercedes-Benz EQB for the China market but are optional everywhere else around the world.

In terms of boot space, the fully-electric EQB offers up to 100-litres more space than its internal combustion engine siblings; 1805-litres (EQB) vs 1710 litres in the 5-seater models and 1710-litres (EQB) vs 1680-litres in the 7-seater models.

Production of the EQB will commence this year at two manufacturing facilities; the Hungarian Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét for the global market and at the German-Chinese joint venture BBAC in Beijing for the local market.