At the 2021 Munich Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz dropped the cloth on its all-new EQB. It wasn’t the first introduction of this vehicle as it made an appearance at the Shanghai Auto Show months earlier. That said, Mercedes shared information on its US-spec model. This all-electric SUV will be produced in Hungary and exported to the U.S. beginning in 2022.
The EQB is similar in size to the GLB-Class and shares many of its styling points. The grille, though, on the EQB is not functional – it is there merely to give the front end some substance. That is a clear and welcome departure from Tesla which has a habit of offering an unfinished look up front. A stylish light bar runs across the front as well, connecting the huge LED lights. The rest of the exterior holds close to the GLB’s look with some clear differences in wheel design and lighting.
Inside, the EQB and GLB share a nearly identical interior. This means a generous band of metallic trim splits the upper and lower section of the dashboard. Circular vents, chrome pieces along the doors, and a rich variety of soft-touch materials and real leather hides dress the interior. The standard seating is for five, with an available third-row likely, just like the GLB.
We’re expecting a full range of safety equipment, including lane control, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control. Elements of semi-autonomous driving will be included as well. On the tech front, digital instrument and center display panels will dominate and serve as one unit. A selection of audio systems, smartphone compatibility, multiple USB ports, and Bluetooth are expected.
Powering the EQB is a pair of electric powertrains. This model features standard all-wheel drive as electric motors are fixed to each axle. The standard EQB300 delivers 225 horsepower and the upgraded EQB350 makes 288 horsepower.