Update: ‘Production & Release’ section updated with ‘Over 300 Mercedes-Benz dealers prepped for EV transition’ section.’
Introduced at Mercedes-EQ Night Shanghai on April 18, 2021, the Mercedes EQB is already available in China and Europe, with the former its first market worldwide. The electric compact SUV will go on sale in the U.S. in the coming weeks.
Take a look at what we know about the zero-emissions compact crossover:
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. Mercedes-Benz Group (formerly Daimler) has employed extra LED lighting set over the grille and a 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 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 1,710 liters (60.4 cubic feet).
Range & Performance
Mercedes-Benz Group 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.
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 EPA-est. range could be around 225 miles. The maximum charging power they can take is 110 kW, and fast-charging from 10-80% takes 31 minutes.
|Aspect/Specification||EQB 300 4MATIC||EQB 350 4MATIC|
|Length||184.4 in.||184.4 in.|
|Width||72.2 in.||72.2 in.|
|Height||65.6 in.||65.6 in.|
|Wheelbase||111.3 in.||111.3 in.|
|Battery Pack Nominal Capacity||190 Ah||190 Ah|
|Battery Pack Voltage||420 V||420 V|
|Battery Pack Energy Storage Capacity (Usable)||66.5 kWh||66.5 kWh|
|System Power||225 hp||288 hp|
|System Torque||288 lb.-ft.||384 lb.-ft.|
|Charging time, wallbox (240V/32A)||11.25 hours (10 – 100%)||11.25 hours (10 – 100%)|
|Charging time, DC Fast Charging (110kW, 10%-80%)||31 mins (10 – 80%)||31 mins (10 – 80%)|
|Range (EPA-est.)||To Be Announced||To Be Announced|
The Mercedes EQB SUV will be available in the U.S. in Exclusive and Pinnacle trims. Mercedes-Benz says both trims will include generous standard equipment. The former’s main features include KEYLESS-GO Package, wireless smartphone charger, NFC pairing, and an advanced sound system. The Pinnacle trim will include additional/better features like a panoramic sunroof, a 360-degree camera system, and a Burmester surround sound system.
The prices of the Mercedes EQB in the U.S. start at USD 55,750 and go up to USD 60,350. Mercedes-Benz levies an extra USD 1,050 destination and delivery charge over these prices.
|EQB 300 4MATIC Exclusive||USD 55,750|
|EQB 350 4MATIC Exclusive||USD 59,300|
|EQB 300 4MATIC Pinnacle||USD 58,300|
|EQB 350 4MATIC Pinnacle||USD 60,350|
The purchase price includes two years of Mercedes me Charge and unlimited 30-minute charging sessions at Electrify America charging stations for the first two years (from account activation) in the U.S.
Production & Release
Mercedes-Benz Group makes the Mercedes EQB for all the markets except for China at the Mercedes-Benz Kecskemét plant in Hungary since October 22, 2021. This factory will go carbon-neutral by using only green energy sources.
America will source its electric SUV from the Hungarian factory. A spy shot Instagram user kindelauto posted in July 2021 revealed that American road testing had already commenced, hinting that the American subsidiary has been preparing for the launch for at least a year. Mercedes-Benz Group has said that the EQB will start arriving in U.S. dealerships by summer 2022.
Over 300 Mercedes-Benz dealers prepped for EV transition
At the recent national dealer meeting in the U.S., Mercedes-Benz has stated that more than 300 of the brand’s 383 American dealers have invested in charging infrastructure and equipment to sell Mercedes-Benz EVs. Mercedes-Benz plans to capitalize on the wave of electric vehicle sales in the United States—it aims to sell up to 45,000 EQ-branded cars in 2023, a dealer told Automotive News. The report says that the German automaker aims to rival Tesla, but that’s unlikely to be the case in the near future, at least. Tesla sold over 300,000 electric vehicles in Q1 2022 alone, more than six times the target (mentioned by the dealer) of Mercedes-EQ cars for the whole of 2023.
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 2021. “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, Mercedes-Benz Group revealed the new drive strategy for Mercedes-AMG hybrid EVs and Mercedes-AMG pure EVs.
Mercedes-Benz Group will visually differentiate the Mercedes-AMG EQ models strongly. 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 expected signature AMG design cues.
Interior changes in Mercedes-AMG models typically include exclusive AMG seats, MBUX displays with AMG-specific functions and an 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. 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, an 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.
Mercedes EQB FAQs
What is the expected Mercedes EQB range in the U.S.?
The Mercedes EQB could have an EPA-est. range of up to about 225 miles.
What will be the Mercedes EQB price & competitors?
What is the Mercedes EQB release date?
The EQB will be launched in the U.S. by summer 2022. It is now available in China and Europe.
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