As Mercedes-Benz gears up to roll out a comprehensive lineup of electric vehicles, the boxy EQB—based on the gasoline-powered GLB-class SUV—joins the coupe-like EQA among the first offerings under the new EQ subbrand. An all-electric powertrain with at least 221 horsepower and a driving range somewhere between 200 and 250 miles is a good start—although it’s possible we’ll also see a perkier power number on a dual-motor offering. Similar to the GLB-class SUV, the EQB offers a spacious cabin with upscale materials; a third-row of seats is available but it’s pretty snug and most adults won’t find it comfortable.
What’s New for 2023?
The EQB is an all-new model for the Mercedes-Benz lineup and it should be on sale in North America by the end of 2022.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We expect the EQB’s available trim levels to mirror those of the larger EQC, but we don’t have set pricing just yet. We don’t know exactly how the EQB will be equipped or what features will be standard or optional, but we’ll find out more closer to the SUV’s on-sale date.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The EQB is likely to share its powertrain and battery components with the swoopier EQA, and both are expected to share chassis components with the gasoline-powered GLA-class and GLB-class SUVs. The entry-level model will be the EQB250, which will come with a 221-hp electric motor and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive may be optional and a more powerful EQB350 model could also be offered. When we get a chance to test drive the EQB, we’ll update this story with test results and driving impressions.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
The 66.5-kWh battery in the EQA should fit just fine underneath the EQB’s floor, but Mercedes may choose a slightly larger pack for the boxier version of its subcompact electric SUV. A driving range of at least 200 miles per charge would be necessary to be competitive with rivals such as the Audi e-tron and Tesla Model Y. We’ll know more closer to the EQB’s on-sale date.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Once the EPA tests the U.S. version of the EQB, it will provide an efficiency rating in MPGe, which is a miles-per-gallon equivalent for electric vehicles. Once we get an EQB in for testing, we’ll run it through our 75-mph highway fuel economy route and report the results here. For more information about the EQB’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Mercedes has carried over the cabin from the GLB-class SUV to the EQB with a few changes that help differentiate it from its gasoline-powered counterpart. There are five seats across two rows with an optional pop-up third row of seats. Nicely trimmed door panels, soft leather upholstery, and bright metal trim all lend an upscale look to the EQB’s cabin. The EQB, also like other EQ models, also features lovely rose-gold interior accents. Mercedes says the addition of a battery pack does intrude on passenger and cargo space some, but we haven’t had a chance to evaluate this for ourselves.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Mercedes-Benz’s newest MBUX infotainment system is on display inside the EQB. It offers touchscreen, voice command, and steering-wheel controls for its audio, navigation, and other functions. We’ve found this new interface to be frustrating to use at times, particularly its overly enthusiastic voice assistant that pops up any time you say the word Mercedes. The navigation offers a feature to help drivers more easily find EV charging stations.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
We expect the EQB to offer a full suite of driver-assistance features at least as optional extras. Several features are likely to be standard, given the tech-forward nature of this vehicle. For more information about the EQB’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features are likely to include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Available lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
The EQB is likely to offer the same warranty coverage as the EQC and other Mercedes models. Whereas some rivals, such as the Jaguar I-Pace, offer complimentary scheduled maintenance as part of the standard warranty package, EQB buyers will likely need to pay for maintenance out of pocket.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Hybrid components are covered for eight years or 100,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance