As Mercedes-Benz gears as much as roll out a comprehensive lineup of electric vehicles, the boxy EQB—primarily based on the gasoline-powered GLB-class SUV—is among the many first choices beneath the brand new EQ subbrand. Two totally different all-electric powertrains are provided, with EQB300 fashions making a mixed 225 horsepower and EQB350 fashions getting bumped as much as 288; all-wheel drive is customary. Similar to the GLB-class SUV, the EQB gives a spacious cabin with upscale supplies; a 3rd row of seats is out there, nevertheless it’s extraordinarily comfortable and most adults will not discover it comfy.
What’s New for 2022?
The EQB is an all-new mannequin for the Mercedes-Benz lineup and needs to be on sale in North America someday this summer season.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Both the EQB300 and the extra highly effective EQB350 might be provided in both Exclusive or Pinnacle trim ranges. The 225-hp EQB300 will probably be a lot highly effective for many drivers however the Pinnacle trim degree actually amps up the posh with a panoramic sunroof and a Burmester premium stereo system.
EV Motor, Power, and Performance
The entry-level mannequin would be the EQB300, which has a 225-hp electrical motor that additionally produces 288 pound-feet of torque. The step-up providing is the dual-motor EQB350, which makes 288 horsepower and 324 pound-feet. The EQB shares chassis parts with the gasoline-powered GLB however is significantly heavier, giving it a extra settled experience. In a brief drive in the EQB350, it felt faster than the GLB250 and extra on par with the AMG GLB35. At our check observe, the EQB350 hit 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, which is a half second behind the 302-hp GLB35, however barely faster than the Audi Q4 e-tron.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
The EQB makes use of a 66.5-kWh battery situated beneath the ground however its vary varies relying on which mannequin you select. The extra highly effective EQB350 is alleged to ship 227 miles of vary per cost however the entry-level EQB300 boasts a barely longer vary of 242 miles. The EQB will be recharged at house on a degree 2 connection or at a DC quick charging public station; on the DC connection Mercedes says it might cost from 10 to 80 p.c in as little as half-hour.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe
The EQB350 is rated by the EPA for as much as 98 MPGe metropolis and 93 MPGe freeway. We have not had the prospect to take the EQB on our 75-mph freeway gasoline economic system route, however after we will we’ll report the outcomes right here. For extra details about the EQB’s gasoline economic system, go to the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Mercedes has carried over the cabin from the GLB-class SUV to the EQB with few adjustments that assist differentiate it from its gasoline-powered counterpart. There are 5 seats throughout two rows with an non-obligatory pop-up third row of seats. Nicely trimmed door panels, tender leather-based upholstery, and vibrant steel trim all lend an upscale look to the EQB’s cabin. The EQB, additionally like different EQ fashions, additionally options pretty rose-gold inside accents. The addition of the battery pack does intrude on cargo area considerably, with the EQB dropping as much as 5 cubic toes of bags area relying on how the rear seats are folded.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Mercedes-Benz’s latest MBUX infotainment system is on show contained in the EQB. It gives a touchscreen, voice command, and steering-wheel controls for its audio, navigation, and different capabilities. We’ve discovered this new interface to be irritating to make use of at instances, notably its overly enthusiastic voice assistant that pops up any time you say the phrase Mercedes. The navigation gives a function to assist drivers extra simply discover EV charging stations.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The EQB gives some customary driver help options, together with lane-keeping help and automated emergency braking, however extra fascinating and higher-tech ones are non-obligatory. For extra details about the EQB’s crash-test outcomes, go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) web sites. Key security options are prone to embody:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping help
- Available adaptive cruise management with a lane-centering function
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
The EQB gives the identical guarantee protection because the EQS and different Mercedes fashions. Whereas some rivals, such because the Jaguar I-Pace, supply complimentary scheduled upkeep as a part of the usual guarantee bundle, EQB consumers might want to pay for upkeep out of pocket.
- Limited guarantee covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain guarantee covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Hybrid parts are coated for eight years or 100,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled upkeep
2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB350 4Matic Premium
Vehicle Type: front- and mid-motor, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
Base/As Tested: $59,100/$60,380
Options: Mountain Grey Metallic paint, $750; storage door opener, $280; charging twine, $250
Front Motor: induction asynchronous AC
Rear Motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC
Combined Power: 288 hp
Combined Torque: 384 lb-ft
Battery Pack: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 66.5 kWh
Onboard Charger: 9.6 kW
Peak DC Fast-Charge Rate: 100 kW
Transmissions, F/R: direct-drive/direct-drive
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.0-in vented disc/12.6-in disc
Tires: Continental ProContact 6XSSR
235/50R-19 103T M+S Extra Load MOE
Wheelbase: 111.3 in
Length: 184.4 in
Width: 72.2 in
Height: 65.6 in
Passenger Volume: 102 ft3
Cargo Volume, rear seats up/down: 22/62 ft3
Curb Weight: 4815 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 5.4 sec
1/4-Mile: 14.3 sec @ 93 mph
100 mph: 20.1 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 5.5 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.2 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.6 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 100 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 178 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.85 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY AND CHARGING
Observed: 84 MPGe
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 96/98/93 MPGe
Range: 227 mi