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Mercedes-Benz starts selling $50,000 EQB electric SUV while Kia releases revamped Niro BEV

Mercedes-Benz has started selling its new EQB electric SUV, and prices begin at $50,000. This comes after the September unveiling of the production version of the compact SUV, which will aim to steal market shares from the likes of the Tesla Model Y and the Ford Mustang Mach-E.

Sales of the German SUV starts in Europe, with two variants of the battery electric vehicle offered. However, more trims are expected down the line.

In Europe, the EQB starts at €55,000, which, when adjusted for tax and foreign exchange, should begin at $50,000 in the US. But we will get more details on the US pricing and features next year when sales starts in North America. This trim features an all-wheel-drive, with Mercedes looking to bring a rear-wheel-drive to the market.

Here is an excerpt of Mercedes statement:

“Stuttgart. The EQB can now be ordered with prices starting at 55,311.20 euros. In Germany, an environmental bonus of 7500 euros makes this compact electric family car especially attractive. The EQB offers five seats as standard, and a seven-seater is an option for an extra 1416.10 euros. After the EQA, the EQB is already the second all-electric compact from Mercedes-EQ.”

The two versions Mercedes has for sale are the EQB 300 4MATIC and the EQB 350 4MATIC. The latter costs €57,988 before options. Both trims are similar in specs save for the pricier model having a more powerful electric motor which allows it to shave almost two seconds off the acceleration from 0 to 60 mph.

The top speed is 160 km/h, and they both have usable 66.5 kWh batteries. The standard version has a seating capacity for five, but an optional third-row expands it to seven riders at the cost of €1,500. However, the third row won’t be convenient for tall passengers.

Other optional features include the Advanced Package, which at the cost of €2,570.40, upgrades several features in the interior. For example, you will have two displays measuring 10.25 inches each that join to form a Widescreen cockpit, and the Mirror Package and the Parking Package with reverse camera.

Mercedes offers the Advanced Plus Package for €3,677.10 and adds more features to the Advanced Package. Here, you will also get KEYLESS-GO Convenience Package, THERMOTRONIC two-zone automatic climate control, wireless charging, and an upgraded audio experience.

Lastly, you can opt for the Driving Assistance Package for €1,439, which helps with turning maneuvers, exit warning, and zebra crossing warning functions.

Kia also unveiled a new hatchback Niro that is built new from the ground up at the Seoul Mobility Show in South Korea.

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The first purely electric Niro was released in 2018, following the release of a hybrid and a PHEV version.

This new release is designed based on the company’s 2019 HabaNiro concept, with the front following Kia’s popular ‘tiger face’ concept, with LED daytime running lights.

Despite being a zero-emission vehicle, Kia focused on sustainability in the design of the updated Niro with the use of recycled materials, including wallpaper, seats made from bio-based polyurethane, and textile made from eucalyptus leaves. Kia coated the door panels with water-based paints that are free from BTX.

Apart from the basic info and photos, Kia has not revealed details about the new Niro electric vehicle, but a US announcement is expected from the Asian company, and we will get to hear about range and performance, hopefully, next year.

Commenting on the focus on sustainability, the president and CEO of Kia, Sung Song, said;

“Kia continues to take steps towards a more sustainable future, inviting everyone to join the movement into the new mobility era. The all-new Kia Niro makes it simple to practice a sustainable lifestyle with its eco-friendly materials, advanced technology, and electric powertrains while it also fulfills the practical needs of customers.”

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