As Mercedes-Benz gears to roll out a comprehensive line of electric vehiclesthe Boxy EQB—Based on gasoline engine GLB-class SUV — is one of the first products under the new EQ sub-brand. Two different all-electric powertrains are offered, with the EQB300 models generating a combined 225 hp and the EQB350 models increasing to 288; Four-wheel drive is standard. Similar to the GLB class SUV, the EQB offers a spacious cabin with premium materials; Third row seats are available but it is extremely cozy and most adults will not feel comfortable.
What’s new for 2022?
The EQB is an all-new model of the Mercedes-Benz range and it will go on sale in North America by the end of 2022.
Pricing and which to buy
The models that will be offered are the EQB300 and EQB350 4Matic, but we haven’t set a price yet. We don’t know exactly how the EQB will be fitted or what features will be standard or optional, but we’ll learn more about the SUV’s sale date.
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EV Engines, Power and Performance
The entry-level model will be the EQB300, which comes with front-wheel drive and a 225-horsepower electric motor that also produces 288 pound-feet of torque. The upgraded product is the EQB350 all-wheel-drive, dual-motor, 288-horsepower and 324 pound-feet. The EQB shares chassis components with the gasoline-powered GLB but is significantly heavier, providing a more stable ride. In one short drive in EQB350, it feels faster than the GLB250 and on par with the AMG GLB35. When we get a chance to bring the EQB to our test track, we’ll update this story with test results and more driving impressions.
Range, charge and battery life
EQB uses a 66.5 kWh battery located below the floor of the vehicle. The EPA’s estimated driving range has yet to be released but should be close to targeted competitors, Audi Q4 e-tron and Volkswagen ID.4. We will know more about EQB’s sale date.
Real-world fuel economy and MPGe
After the EPA tests the US version of the EQB, it will provide an efficiency rating in MPGe, which is the equivalent of miles per gallon for electric vehicles. Once we get the EQB up for testing, we’ll run it through the 75 mph highway fuel economy route and report the results here. For more information on EQB’s fuel economy, visit EPA’s website.
Furniture, Amenities and Merchandise
Mercedes has moved the cabin from a GLB-class SUV to an EQB with a few changes that help set it apart from its petrol-powered counterpart. There are five seats in two rows with an optional pop-up third row. The beautifully decorated door panels, soft leather seats and bright metal trim all give the EQB’s cabin a premium look. The EQB, like the other EQ models, also features lovely rose gold interior accents. The addition of the battery pack affects cargo space somewhat, with the EQB losing up to 5 cubic feet of luggage space depending on how the rear seats are folded.
Infotainment and connectivity
Mercedes-Benz’s latest MBUX infotainment system is on display inside the EQB. It provides touchscreen, voice commands and steering wheel controls for audio, navigation and other functions. We found the new interface a bit awkward to use at times, especially voice assistants are too enthusiastic will pop up whenever you say the word Mercedes. Navigation provides a feature that makes it easier for drivers to find EV charging stations.
Driver assistance and safety features
The EQB offers some standard driver-assist features, including lane-keeping assist and automatic emergency braking, but more desirable and high-tech features are optional. For more information on EQB crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) web pages. Key safety features may include:
- Standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane departure warning with lane keep assist
- Adaptive cruise control available with lane centering
Warranty and Maintenance
EQB offers the same warranty coverage as the EQS and other Mercedes models. While some opponents, such as Jaguar I-Paceoffers free scheduled maintenance as part of the standard warranty package, EQB buyers will need to pay out-of-pocket for maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Hybrid components are warranted for eight years or 100,000 miles
- No free scheduled maintenance
2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB
Vehicle type: front and rear engine, all-wheel drive, 5- or 7-passenger wagon, 4-door
PRICE (CD EST)
Base: 300 4Matic, $45,000; 350 4Matic, $65,000
Front motor: permanent magnet induction AC
Rear motor: permanent magnet synchronous AC
Combined power: 225 or 288 hp
Combined torque: 288 or 384 lb-ft
Battery pack: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 66.5 kWh
Built-in charger: 11.0 kW
Gearbox, F/R: direct drive
Wheelbase: 111.4 in
Length: 184.4 in
Width: 72.2 in
Height: 67.0–67.2 in
Cargo weight: 23 ft3
Weight restraint (CD estimated): 4800 lb
PERFORMANCE (CD EST)
60 mph: 6.0–7.8 seconds
1/4-Mile: 14.7–16.2 seconds
Top speed: 100 mph
FUEL ECONOMY EPA (CD EST)
Combined / City / Highway: 97/97/97 MPGe
Range: 250 miles