Mercedes EQB Range May Exceed 260 miles

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Mercedes-Benz unveiled the all-electric EQB SUV in April at the Shanghai Auto Show, but waited until the Munich IAA this week for the SUV’s European debut. In the European EQB’s press release, Mercedes dropped some information on what we can expect to see when the vehicle makes its U.S. debut.

When the EQB goes on sale in the U.S., it will be available in two trims: the EQB 300 4MATIC and the EQB 350 4MATIC. The first model will have a powertrain that’s rated at 225 horsepower, while the latter will make 288 hp. Both will come with a 66.5-kWh battery pack, two electric motors, and all-wheel drive. When plugged into a DC fast charger, the EQB can go from 10% to 80% of charge in just 31 minutes.

On the range front, both EQB models have an estimated range of 418 kilometers (roughly 260 miles) on the WLTP cycle. Seeing as how that cycle is more optimistic than the EPA’s testing, it’s safe to assume that U.S. versions will have a range of less than 230 miles.

If that range holds true, the EQB would be competitive against options like the Audi e-tron (222 miles), Chevrolet Bolt EUV (247 miles), Ford Mustang Mach-E (305 miles), Hyundai Kona Electric (258 miles), Jaguar I-Pace (234 miles), Tesla Model Y (326 miles), Volkswagen ID.4 (250 miles), and Volvo XC40 Recharge (208 miles). Mercedes claims that a long-range version is in the works, but there’s no information on what kind of performance that vehicle will have.

The EQB is an all-electric version GLB, just like the EQA is an electric version of the GLA. While the EQB has a unique front fascia, a pair of 10.3-inch screens, 18-inch wheels, bespoke headlights, and different taillights, the overall design is very similar to the gas-powered GLB. That’s a smart play on Mercedes’ side of things, as the exterior design won’t turn people away, but does enough to make it look different compared to the GLB.

Mercedes’ EQB will have large shoes to fill when it arrives in the U.S. for the 2022 model year. The electric SUV will seemingly replace the EQC that Mercedes decided not to sell in the country after a “comprehensive review of market developments” this February. We expect pricing for the vehicle to start around $50,000.

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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