US-bound Mercedes EQB ready for its launch in the first market

The Mercedes EQB is ready for its launch in China, pictures posted by the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology confirm. This unit is of the new electric SUV’s seven-seat version, as it gets rear headrests.

Daimler unveiled the Mercedes EQB electric compact SUV at Mercedes-EQ Night Shanghai on Sunday, April 18, before displaying it at the Shanghai auto show the next day. The company has announced that a Mercedes EQB U.S. launch is planned, and we have covered the details in the Release Date section of the story.

Mercedes EQB rear
The pictured Chinese-spec Mercedes EQB is in the range-topping EQB 350 4MATIC variant with dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain. Image Source: miit.gov.cn

While the BMW iX1 is about two years away, the Mercedes EQB is closer to showrooms. In the second half of this year, the Mercedes EQB arrives at global dealer forecourts as an alternative to the Swedish Volvo XC40 Recharge.

Design & Interior

The Mercedes EQB doesn’t look all that different from the GLB from the sides, the donor car. However, the unique grille, split headlamp, ‘softer’ bumpers, and wheels enhance the car’s look and aerodynamics. Daimler has employed extra LED lighting, set over the grille, and blue accent in the headlamps for the front’s customary distinction. The registration plate enclosure is relocated from the tailgate to a lower position for a clean appearance at the rear.

The US-spec Mercedes EQB is 184 inches long, 72 inches wide, and 66 inches tall. It has a wheelbase of 111 inches and a trunk capacity of 60 cubic feet.

The interior of the Mercedes EQB has fewer differences, mostly related to the color-coding and EQ branding. Like the GLB, the Mercedes EQB will be available in five-seat and seven-seat versions. The third-row seats suit people with a height of up to 5 ft. 4 in. and are best suited for children. The new electric SUV’s maximum cargo volume is up to 1,710 liters (60.4 cubic feet).

Range & Performance

Daimler says that it will offer the Mercedes EQB in several front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations, with power outputs up to over 200 kW* (268 hp)* and net (usable) energy storage capacity of 66.5 kWh or more. Two variants have been confirmed, namely EQB 250 and EQB 350, and an unnamed “long-range” variant capable of 419 km (260 miles) on a full charge as per WLTP.

*215 kW (288 hp) in China

Mercedes EQB front three quarters
JESMB reports that Mercedes EQB will be capable of 500 km (311 miles) range on a full charge as per WLTP in the unannounced 300+ 2WD variant. Image Source: Daimler

Four different electric configurations will be available on the EQB made in Europe, reports jesmb.de. The EQB 250 2WD with a single 190 PS/375 Nm motor, EQB 300+ (approx. 204 PS) with a range around 500 km according to WLTP, EQB 300 4MATIC with around 224 hp, and the top-spec EQB 350 4MATIC with 292 PS and 419 km WLTP range, are the variants to be made in Hungary, reports the German blog.

The featured image shows a Chinese-made Mercedes EQB 350 4MATIC, which has two motors, a 150 kW (201 hp) unit at the front and a 70 kW (94 hp) unit at the rear. It has a top speed of 160 km/h (99 mph), which could be electronically limited.

The EQB’s on-board charger allows charging with up to 11 kW (AC). 100 kW is the peak charging output supported at DC fast-charging stations. Using a 100 kW DC fast-charger, in optimum conditions, topping up from 10-80% SoC takes just over 30 minutes. The Euro-and US-spec units have a CCS connector in the right-hand side wall.

Mercedes EQB rear three quarters
The Mercedes EQB is chargeable with a maximum output of up to 100 kW, taking just over 30 minutes to go from 10 – 80 per cent SoC at a DC fast charging station. Wallbox charging is via an 11 kW charger. Image Source: Daimler

Mercedes AMG-EQB

The Mercedes EQB will have a performance variant engineered by Mercedes-AMG.

COO & R&D chief of Mercedes-Benz, Markus Schafer, interacted with journalists about Mercedes-AMG EVs during the unveiling of the EQA in January. “An electrical platform in the direction of AMG is coming,” he said, as per an Autocar report. “There will be performance variants of the EQA, B, S, E,” he added. Shortly after, on March 31, Daimler revealed the new drive strategy for Mercedes-AMG hybrid EVs and Mercedes-AMG pure EVs.

Mercedes-AMG EQ drivetrain that would support the Mercedes-AMG EQB
Daimler has confirmed plans to release a spate of Mercedes-AMG EQ models, and that will include the EQB AMG. Image Source: Daimler

Daimler will visually well differentiate the Mercedes-AMG EQ models. Distinctive radiator grille with vertical louvers, modified front apron, side sill panels, exclusive rear with spoiler lip and diffuser, and unique wheels are some of the signature AMG design cues.

Interior changes in Mercedes-AMG models typically include exclusive AMG seats, MBUX displays with AMG-specific functions and AMG Performance steering wheel with buttons for performance control. Power in Mercedes-AMG EQ models will come from two motors, one mounted on the front axle and one on the rear axle. High-end Mercedes-AMG EQ models like the Mercedes-AMG EQS would come with a 22 kW on-board charger and be chargeable with up to 200 kW using a fast-charger with direct current.

In addition to the AMG-specific 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive, the all-electric AMG Mercs will boast AMG Ride Control+ chassis air suspension, AMG-specific brake system, and a special wiring harness for their battery, adapted for higher performance. Lastly, a newly composed AMG Sound Experience will be produced with loudspeakers, a shaker, and a sound generator to give the occupants a feeling similar to gas-powered AMGs.

Production & Release

USA bound Mercedes EQB profile
The Mercedes EQB will go on sale in China and Europe this year, and then in the America in 2022. Image Source: Daimler

In December last year, Daimler announced that the Mercedes EQB’s production has gone to the Mercedes-Benz Kecskemet plant, Hungary, making it the first pure EV assembled at the site. The Hungarian plant of Mercedes-Benz will manufacture the EQB for all the markets except China, which will get its supply from the BBAC joint venture plant in Beijing.

In its own announcement, the Mercedes-Benz Kecskemet plant states that it will start mass-production of the EQB in the fourth quarter of 2021 (October-December 2021). It is already manufacturing prototypes “on a special, separate production line” called “Pilot Line.” JESMB reports that European customers could place orders this Autumn, and deliveries commence year-end.

The Mercedes EQB will go on sale in China first and then in European countries. These markets will get the electric compact SUV this year, while the U.S. launch has been scheduled in 2022, Daimler has confirmed. The American market will source its electric SUV from the Hungarian factory.

Mercedes EQB FAQs

What will be the Mercedes EQB range?

The range-focused Mercedes EQB will travel around 311 miles per charge in the WLTP cycle.

What will be the Mercedes EQB price & competitors?

Mercedes EQB prices in the U.S. will likely start at around $55,000. Audi Q4 e-tron & Volvo XC40 Recharge are competitors.

What is the Mercedes EQB release date?

The EQB will be launched in the U.S. in 2022. Europe & China get it this year.

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