Mercedes-Benz EQB to be built in series

Mercedes-Benz EQB to be built in series

Series production of the all-electric Mercedes EQB has started at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét, Hungary. The EQB, which was unveiled in April, will be manufactured there for the global markets - only the China-specific version will be built by the joint venture BBAC in Beijing.

The EQB is known to be an e-SUV with up to seven seats. At 4.68 meters long, the angular EQB is only eight centimeters shorter than the EQC, but a full 22 centimeters longer than the EQA. Technically, however, the EQB is more closely related to the EQA; both are based on Mercedes' compact car platform, while the EQC is known to be based on the internal combustion GLC model and thus uses the larger rear-wheel-drive platform.

The compact platform is also important in the series production that has now started - or more precisely in the choice of plant. The GLB combustion engine model, from which the EQB was derived, is built at the Aguascalientes plant in Mexico for the world markets. The CLA, CLA Shooting Brake and A-Class, on the other hand, are built in Kecskemét. Since these three models are based on the same platform, the EQB can also be built in Kecskemét.

The Mercedes-Benz "compact car production network" comprises the lead plant in Rastatt (where the EQA is built), the Chinese production site BBAC in Beijing, the contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive in Uusikaupunki, Finland, the former Smart plant in Hambach, France, until the sale to Ineos, and the aforementioned sites in Hungary and Mexico. The models can be distributed relatively flexibly between these plants.