Mercedes-Benz is gearing up to welcome two new electric cars in Australia.
The electric EQA 350 4Matic is due “soon“, while the larger GLB-based EQB is on track to arrive in the second half of 2022.
A spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz Australia said the company hasn’t set a date for the dual-motor EQA 350 4Matic’s sales launch, though it’s expected more details will be available soon – potentially within the next month or so.
The EQA 350 is about six months behind schedule, after Mercedes-Benz originally planned for a late-2021 introduction. High global demand, and ongoing component and supply issues, have no doubt contributed to the delay.
Power in the EQA 350 4Matic comes from a dual-motor electric powertrain with of 215kW and 520Nm, with up to 432km (claimed) of zero emissions range from its 66.5kWh battery based on WLTP testing.
That’s up 75kW and 145Nm on the single-motor EQA 250, and is good for a 6.0-second sprint to 100km/h.
Pricing and specifications will be confirmed closer to launch, but it’s certain the EQA 350 4Matic will carry a premium over the EQA 250 – which currently starts from $76,800 before on-road costs.
Meanwhile, the new EQB is earmarked for an Australian sales launch during the second half of 2022 according to Mercedes-Benz Australia.
Revealed over a year ago, the EQB is to the GLB what the EQA is to the GLA. It wears different front and rear fascias to go with the all-electric powertrain underneath, but largely carries over its base car’s aesthetic inside and out.
That means it will offer up to seven seats, something of a rarity this side of a Tesla Model X in the electric SUV space.
Looking to what’s currently available in the UK market, the EQB is offered in 300 4Matic and 350 4Matic engine variants. Unlike the EQA, there’s no single-motor 250 version on sale there.
The EQB 300 4Matic has outputs of 168kW and 370Nm, while the EQB 350 4Matic ups power to 215kW. Both models feature a 66.5kWh battery pack, which allows for up to 413km of range on the WLTP test cycle.
According to British specifications, the EQB 300 can accelerate from 0-100 in 7.7 seconds, with the more powerful EQB 350 shaving 1.7s off at 6.0 seconds – that’s hot hatch quick.
The EQA 350 and EQB will bolster Mercedes-Benz’s expanding electric vehicle line-up, which in Australia already includes the EQA 250 and the EQC range, with the EQE and EQS on the way as well – albeit only in AMG 53 performance variants to start with.
During the first half of 2023, the line-up will grow further with the flagship EQS SUV.
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