Mercedes-Benz GLB, EQB twins launched in India
Seven-seater siblings introduced in the core luxury-car segment with a petrol, diesel as well as EV option.
Mercedes-Benz has launched the GLB SUV and its electric sibling the EQB in India. With prices starting from Rs 63.8 lakh and going up to Rs 69.8 lakh, ex-showroom, the GLB will be the second, and most-affordable 7-seater from the German luxury carmaker.
The GLB gets options of a petrol as well as a diesel engine. It gets a 1.3-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged unit that produces 163hp and 250 Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission that drives only the front wheels. The diesel engine on the other hand is also offered in front-wheel drive as standard but gets a 4Matic AWD option as well. The 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit produces 190hp and 400 Nm of torque, and comes mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The GLB comes available in two trims, the Progressive Line, and the more-sportier-looking AMG guise. The Progressive Line gets a dual-slat grille, a faux silver skid plate, chrome embellishments on the exterior and 18-inch alloy wheels. Meanwhile, the AMG Line gets a sharper-looking bumper, single-slat AMG grille and 19-inch AMG-badged twin five-spoke alloy wheels.
Mercedes-Benz EQB launched at Rs 74.50 lakh
Mercedes-Benz has also introduced the GLB’s electric sibling – the EQB -- in India at an ex-showroom price of Rs 74.50 lakhs. The EQB will only be offered in one variant, the EQB 300 4Matic - which can produce 292hp and 520Nm.
The car comes with a 66.5kWh battery pack that offers a WLTP-certified range of 423km and Mercedes claims that the EQB can be charged from 10 percent to 100 percent in 6 hours and 25 minutes using an 11kW AC charger. Mercedes will offer an 8-year warranty on the battery pack as well.
Mercedes-Benz has set up 30 Ultra-Fast Chargers across the country and there will be 10 more by end-2022. With this, the company will offer more than 140 charging points across the country. Mercedes-Benz India customers will receive a complimentary AC wallbox with the EQB and can also avail complimentary charging for the first year of car ownership.
Martin Schwenk, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, said, “We
are excited to wrap up 2022 with the key 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.
“For the first time, we are offering three powertrains, a petrol, diesel, and an electric for our customers. The launch of the EQB is also a significant step towards our vision of transitioning to a climate-neutral fleet gradually, with four luxury EVs in Mercedes-Benz India portfolio," Schwenk added.
Mercedes-Benz India is offering a 64 percent assured buyback for the GLB and EQB
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