Mercedes unveiled their latest electrified SUV to members of the press earlier this week. Two variants of the EQB, the EQB 250 and EQB 350, will be made available at launch.
To make it clear from the onset, the EQB is not a ground-up EV. It shares many structural components with its petrol-powered GLB cousin, so some of the favourable traits present in the GLB are also relevant to the EQB experience.
For instance, the EQB is a bonafide seven-seater, which is a rarity in the all-electric compact class. Space is in no short supply even in the third row, especially if you are less than 1.7 metres tall. Configurability is also the name of the game here - with 110 litres with all three rows up, 465 litres with the last row folded down, and up to 1,620 litres with both the second and third row folded flat.And the amount of space in the first two rows is equally generous - headroom in the first row of seats is 1069 millimetres, whilst in the second row it is 962 millimetres.
Mechanically, Mercedes opted to re-engineer certain key components of the body structure to make the car more efficient as an EV. The battery pack for example, sits within a frame made of extruded sections. This frame piece actually has a structural function. The pack itself is protected by a battery guard in the front area of the battery that prevents the energy storage unit from being pierced by foreign objects.As mentioned above, you can buy your EQB in two flavours. The entry-level car is the EQB 250, and it has a permanent synchronous motor at the front axle that is good for 187 bhp. A more powerful EQB 350 is also on offer, with an asynchronous motor at the front axle and a permanent synchronous motor on the rear axle. The combination is good for 288 bhp.Mercedes quotes range estimates of 474 kilometres for the EQB 250, and 423 kilometres for the EQB 350 4MATIC. Both cars will come equipped with a 66.5kWh Lithium-ion battery pack, which can be recharged at up to 100kW DC and 11kW AC. Topping off the pack in the former will only take 32 minutes, with the latter taking upwards of six hours.The EQB is now officially on sale, and the prices are as follows:
EQB 250 Progressive - $305,888
EQB 250 Electric Art - $313,888
EQB 350 AMG Line - $352,888
*Prices are accurate as of 26 August, and is subject to change based on prevailing COE.
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