Need a luxurious EV SUV earlier than Xmas? Mercedes-Benz says it nonetheless has inventory of its new EQB electrical automobile, if ready for that Tesla Mannequin Y, Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6 is taking too lengthy – Automobile Information

Mercedes-Benz’s third electrical SUV after the mid-sized EQC and compact EQA has been formally on sale in Australia since September 1, but we hear there may nonetheless be some accessible inventory for a pre-Christmas supply for patrons who’re fast sufficient.

Talking on the launch of the EQB EV SUV in Melbourne just lately, Mercedes-Benz Australia head of media relations and model engagement, Jerry Stamoulis, let it out that regardless of pent up demand, some examples of each grades – the 250 in five-seater and seven-seater fashions in addition to the five-seater-only 350 4Matic – are arriving with out buyer names allotted to them.

“We delivered 80 final month, and inventory (shall be restricted) and no matter lands shall be gone,” he stated.

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“Proper now, EQB is nearly bought, but when any person needs one and they’re prepared to get in fast, they will have one this 12 months.

“For those who wished one, there is perhaps one thing accessible, however if you wish to place an order, it is like every other automobile that you simply order from us, in that it could possibly be wherever between three to eight months – it is exhausting to say in the meanwhile.

“However primarily based on the kind of specification we now have, we must always have one thing that any person would need (now).”

In 2022, that is uncommon, as demand for nearly each electrified automobile and SUV in Australia ­has run sizzling throughout the board, from the BYD Atto 3 to the Mercedes-Benz EQS 53 AMG costing almost 7.5 occasions the value.

On account of this, customers face many months of delays, with some anticipated supply occasions even operating right into a 12 months or past.

“With EQA and EQB, each single one which lands will go,” Mr Stamoulis added. “At this stage it will likely be the inventory holding us again, not the demand.”

Whether or not Mercedes-Benz can enhance the EV inventory scarcity heading into 2023 stays to be seen.

“We do get our justifiable share of electrical automobiles and we do ask for greater than we get, however as you possibly can think about, we’re not the one market on the earth which can be wanting autos,” Mr Stamoulis defined.

“I’m undecided how lengthy it is going to final for, however the demand will outstrip provide, not less than within the foreseeable future.”

The EQB is almost sold out. The EQB is nearly bought out.

That stated, the bastion of the German new-model launch exercise – the so-called ‘unique’ small-run launch version, is prone to stay accessible within the EQB (the place it’s referred to as the Version One) till in regards to the finish of subsequent 12 months, based on Mr Stamoulis.

“It’s usually accessible from the beginning of each manufacturing for left-hand and right-hand drive,” he stated. “By the point we’ve gone on sale, it’s in all probability one other 12 months to go. “We’ll carry some in and other people can order as nicely.

“(Demand usually for Version One autos) is completely different for each automobile we’ve ever accomplished it on. It’s usually fairly excessive with AMG, however for a few of the non-AMG fashions it may be up and down.”

For the report, costing $9100 on the 250 and $3900 on the 350 4Matic that already has a few of its options as commonplace, the EQB Version One consists of objects like an AMG physique package, ‘Rose Gold’ colored 20-inch alloy wheels, a ‘Night time’ trim bundle, illuminated door sills, gray leather-based upholstery, blue-stitched trim, distinctive local weather management vents and a particular key.

With solely the lighter EQB 250 providing the $2900 third-row possibility in Australia because of the payload restrictions, Mercedes-Benz is reluctant to disclose what it believes would be the gross sales break up between it and the heavier and more-expensive twin-motor EQB 350 4Matic all-wheel drive flagship, besides to proffer a 50/50 broad prediction.

“We don’t have any knowledge simply but,” Mr Stamoulis stated. “The GLB knowledge may reveal one thing, however it’s nonetheless too early to say.

Some EQB examples are arriving without customer names allocated to them. Some EQB examples are arriving with out buyer names allotted to them.

“And with (the smaller, entry-level EQA) we’ve been solely on sale with 250, and 350 is coming a bit of later, so we don’t have that comparability both as but.”

Whereas EVs just like the Tesla Mannequin Y and Hyundai Ioniq 5 mooted as potential crossover/SUV rivals to the EQB, Mercedes-Benz is adamant its electrical automobile’s accessible people-packaging flexibility in addition to strong SUV styling make it a singular proposition available in the market.

“From a seven-seater perspective, I don’t suppose there may be the rest, particularly at this value vary,” Mr Stamoulis stated.

Lastly, whereas the brand new EQB overlaps in some elements with the prevailing GLC that has been on sale since 2015 in addition to its EQC EV offshoot that landed in Australia 4 years later, the next-generation fashions – beginning with the X254 GLC set to reach in February subsequent 12 months ­– shall be noticeably bigger (and sure price extra), giving the EQB extra respiration house available in the market.  

“The brand new GLC will develop in measurement, so it is going to carry some differentiation,” based on Mr Stamoulis. “The GLC we provide at the moment has proportions which can be related if not similar.”

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