Update: This story has been updated with information related to the U.S. 2022 Mercedes EQB.
Mercedes’ EQ line of electric vehicles continues its rapid expansion with the new EQB small SUV, which the company pulled the wraps off of at the Shanghai Auto Show. While the EQB revealed in Shanghai is built in China for the Chinese market, a global variant of the electric SUV will also be produced at Benz’s plant in Kecskemét, Hungary.
That EQ Look
Like other EQ models, including the recently revealed Mercedes EQS, the EQB’s mug features a big faux grille with a milk-mustache-like light strip that merges with the accent lighting elements of the triangular-shaped LED headlamps. Additionally, Mercedes further differentiates the EQB from its GLB kin by way of model-specific wheels and a distinct rear end treatment with a new fascia and full-width lighting that extends through the rear hatch.
Although we applaud Mercedes for making the EQB look noticeably different from the GLB-Class upon which it’s based, we are not entirely sure this compact electric SUV looks any better than its gas-powered counterpart. Blame a contrast between the front-end design, which looks like it was crafted in a wind tunnel, with the otherwise boxy proportions.
Fewer changes are made to the EQB’s insides, which look almost identical to those of the GLB-Class. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though, as the cabin of the GLB-Class is a fine enough space to while away miles—provided you’re not stuck in the SUV’s optionally available and cramped third-row seats, which Mercedes will make optionally available in the EQB.
The EQBeating Heart
The U.S.-market EQB will offer two powertrain guises when it goes on sale in 2022: an entry-level 225-hp EQB300 and a more powerful 288-hp EQB350. Both come standard with all-wheel-drive courtesy of the electric motor located at each axle, as well as a 67-kWh battery pack that provides an estimated 260 miles of range on Europe’s WLTP testing cycle. Expect that figure to drop some once the more conservative EPA puts the EQB through its official testing. Mercedes is mum on performance figures for the more powerful EQB350 but notes the EQB300 will accelerate to 62 mph in 8.0 seconds.
Look for the German automaker to reveal more details about the 2022 EQB, including pricing, closer to its arrival early next year.
This story was originally published on April 19, 2021.
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