Mercedes-Benz will announce prices for not one, but two new SUVs in India on December 2, 2022. The three-row GLB and its EV sibling, the EQB, will launch on the same day and bookings have begun for a token amount of Rs 1.5 lakh.
- GLB is expected to get three powertrain options in India
- EQB SUV will be sold in only one variant in India
- Both SUVs will be sold here as full imports
Mercedes GLB to get three powertrain options in India
Both the GLB and EQB SUVs are based on the same MFA2 platform. The GLB in India will come in three variants: the entry-level GLB 200, the mid-spec GLB 220d, and the GLB 220d 4Matic. The GLB 200 will come with a 163-horsepower 1.3-liter turbocharged petrol engine paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission, while the sibling GLB 220d has a 190-horsepower 2.0-liter engine with an eight-speed automatic.
The Mercedes GLB 200 will be sold in a single Progressive Line exterior package that features a dual-slat grille, faux skid plate, chrome exterior trim and 18-inch alloy wheels. The GLB 220d will come with the AMG Line package which features a sharper bumper, AMG-style grille and 19-inch five-spoke AMG-alloy wheels.
Inside, both models have a center-mounted touchscreen and a 10.25-inch instrument cluster. Five exterior shade options and three interior shade options will be offered on the GLB SUV in India.
EQB to be Merc's third EV model this year
The EQB, India's first 7-seater electric car, will be Mercedes' third electric offering in India, after the EQC SUV and EQS sedan.
It shares most of the body panels and overall appearance with its ICE counterpart, the GLB, but it does have some design differences for the EQ, such as the hooded grille and unique headlight design, among other modifications. Inside, too, except for a touch of gold paint on the turbine nozzles, the EQB's interior looks identical to the GLB.
Mercedes-Benz EQB: Battery, powertrain and range
The EQB EV SUV will be sold in India under the guise of the entry-level EQB 300. It generates 228 hp and comes with a 66.5 kWh battery that provides the claimed range of up to 419 km (WLTP).