New Mercedes EQB electric SUV has £52,145 price tag
The new fully electric Mercedes EQB SUV brings seven-seat practicality to the brand’s EV lineup with a range of 247 miles
- Available with five or seven seats
- Two electric powertrains available at launch with up to 247 miles of range
- On sale later this year starting from £52,145
The new Mercedes EQB electric SUV will have a starting price of £52,145 when Mercedes begins taking orders towards the end of the year.
When it arrives in showrooms, the EQB will be offered in both five- and seven-seat configurations, giving it a distinct practicality advantage over rivals including the Audi Q4 e-tron, Volkswagen ID.4, Skoda Enyaq and BMW iX3, all of which come with five seats.
2022 Mercedes EQB: trim levels and pricing
Mercedes has released specifications for the AMG Line and AMG Line Premium trims, which will be the two available at launch. The brand has confirmed that an entry-level Sport model will arrive later to complete the lineup.
The AMG Line trim starts at £52,145 and has sporty styling, 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear LED light bands and tinted windows. Inside, standard kit includes electrically folding mirrors, ambient interior lighting, Artico artificial leather upholstery, heated front sports seats with electrical adjustment and automatic climate control.
Standard technology includes Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system, consisting of a pair of 10.25-inch displays, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Standard safety technology includes lane keep assist and speed limit assist.
The AMG Line Premium model starts from £53,645 and comes with 19-inch alloys, keyless entry and start, and a panoramic sunroof. Additions inside include a wireless smartphone charging pad, an upgraded Mercedes’ 10-speaker music system and contrasting red stitching.
Powertrains, performance and charging
From launch, buyers will be able to choose either the EQB 300 4MATIC or the EQB 350 4MATIC. Both are powered by the same 66.5kWh battery, offering an official maximum range figure of 247 miles. The 300 version has a dual-motor setup with all-wheel drive, producing 225bhp for 0-62mph in eight seconds. The 350 model uses the same drivetrain but gets a power increase to 288bhp, meaning it can go from a standstill to 62mph in 6.2 seconds. Mercedes has also promised a long-range version of the new EQB, which will follow later on.
When it comes to charging, the EQB is compatible with 11kW AC charging from a standard wallbox, thanks to its on-board charger. A 10-100% top-up takes just under six hours. Its maximum CCS rapid charging rate, meanwhile, is 100kW, meaning a boost in charge from 10-80% takes just 32 minutes.
The EQB follows the convention set by the EQA and EQC in that it’s essentially an all-electric equivalent of an existing combustion engine-powered Mercedes model. The EQB retains the same boxy profile as the GLB on which it’s based but gains a new aerodynamic front end with a streamlined grille and EQ-specific headlight signature. The rear also gets a full-width LED light bar.
Interior and practicality
A majority of the interior is shared with the GLB, aside from rose-gold interior trim pieces. The dashboard features a pair of 10.25-inch screens running the brand’s MBUX infotainment system for the digital dial cluster and main screen. This setup features unique EQ-specific branding and features.
While it shares its platform with the smaller EQA, it boasts a 2,829mm wheelbase meaning, should buyers option it, the SUV can accommodate a third row of seats. Mercedes says, however, that these two additional seats are more suitable for children, comfortably seating people up to 5’ 4’’ tall. The EQB is a five-seater as standard.
If you choose the five-seat model, you’ll get luggage space of 495 litres. The seven-seat model, meanwhile, with the third row folded flat boasts 465 litres. These figures are marginally smaller than the petrol and diesel-powered GLBs, which offer 570 and 500 litres respectively, because of the electric powertrain’s extra bulk.
The EQB comes equipped with all the usual driver assistance technology systems you’d expect to find in a Mercedes. These include lane keep assist and active brake assist, which come as standard. Buyers can also choose to add a Driving Assistance Package option, which includes semi-autonomous driving assistance features.
Want to find out more about electric SUVs? Check out our article on the best currently available.
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