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

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 a dual-motor AWD powertrain. Image Source: miit.gov.cn

While the BMW iX1 is about two years away, the Mercedes EQB will reach showrooms later this year. Take a look at what we know about the EQB:

Design & Interior

The Mercedes EQB doesn’t look very 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 will sell the Mercedes EQB in the U.S. in two variants at launch: EQB 300 4MATIC and EQB 350 4MATIC. Both have an asynchronous motor at the front and a permanently excited synchronous motor at the rear. In the EQB 300 4MATIC, these motors generate a combined power of 168 kW (225 hp) and a combined torque of 390 Nm (288 Lb.Ft.)*. The maximum power and maximum torque increase to 215 kW (288 hp) and 520 Nm (384 Lb.-Ft.)*, respectively, in the EQB 350 4MATIC.

*Torque figures not confirmed for the U.S.

The EQB 300 4MATIC can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 8.0 seconds, while the EQB 350 4MATIC can accomplish the same in 6.2 seconds. However, the top speed of both the variants is the same – 160 km/h (99 mph). Both variants share a 66.5 kWh battery pack, and their range (WLTP) is also the same – 419 km. The maximum charging power they can take is 100 kW, and fast-charging from 10-80% takes 32 minutes. Daimler has confirmed that more variants, including a particularly long-range variant, will follow.

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

According to a report from jesmb.de, the EQB will receive two 2WD variants in the future: EQB 250 and EQB 300+. The EQB 250 will have a single motor producing 190 PS (187 hp) of power and 375 Nm of torque. The EQB 300+ will have a single motor developing approximately 204 PS (201 hp) of power. It will feature a battery pack with a slightly higher usable energy content, enabling a longer range (WLTP) of 500 km (311 miles).

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

Like the Euro-spec EQB, the US-spec EQB has a CCS connector in the right-hand-side wall.

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 53 4MATIC+ offer charging with up to 22 kW of alternating current or 200 kW of direct current at public charging stations.

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

Mercedes EQB profile
The Mercedes EQB will go on sale in China and Europe this year and then in 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 reported earlier this year that European customers could place orders this Autumn, and deliveries commence year-end.

Mercedes EQB ‘Edition’

A new filing for product parameter changes on China’s Ministry of Information and Technology suggests that the Mercedes EQB range at launch in the country will include a Mercedes EQB Edition. It will likely be a limited-run to celebrate the product launch. The picture below shows a black “EQB Edition” badge on the model’s exterior, with the “EQB” in a funky blue color.

Mercedes EQB Edition exterior styling parts
The Mercedes EQB configurations in China at launch will likely include a Mercedes EQB Edition limited-run model. Image Source: miit.gov.cn

Mercedes EQB spotted testing in the U.S.

The Mercedes EQB will first go on sale in China and European countries. Daimler has confirmed these markets will get the electric compact SUV this year, while the U.S. launch is due in 2022. America will source its electric SUV from the Hungarian factory. A spy shot Instagram user kindelauto posted on July 12, reveals that local road testing has commenced half a year before the launch.

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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