Mercedes continues its deployment of electric vehicles today with the launch of the EQB compact crossover. It joins the recently revealed EQS and EQA and, collectively, they are just the start of the company’s electrification plans. The new EQB debuts at Auto Shanghai 2021, with the new model launching first in China and then in Europe this year. It will arrive in the United States in 2022.
One of the most notable features of the new model is its packaging. The EQB is 4,684 millimeters (184.4 inches) long, about four inches shorter than a Ford Mustang while accommodating up to three rows of seats for seven people, which will be the model’s standard configuration in China . The third line is otherwise optional. The third row can accommodate everything from two child seats to adults measuring 1.65 meters (5.4 feet) in height.
The five-seater model offers between 495 and 1,710 liters (17.1 to 60.4 cubic feet) of cargo space. The seven-seater provides 465-1,629 liters (16.4-57.2 cubic feet). The second row seats can be fitted with an optional fore and aft adjustment feature that can add up to 190 liters (6.7 cubic feet) of cargo space. Models equipped with three rows can fold the third row flat with the load floor.
Mercedes is keeping much of the EQB’s powertrain details secret, although the company has provided rough numbers. We know the model will come with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations with usable battery capacities starting at 66.5 kilowatt hours for Europe. Some models will exceed 269 horsepower (200 kilowatts). Mercedes says a long-range version is also planned, but did not provide details. The model will be launched with an AMG Line version that offers 288 hp (215 kW) in China.
Mercedes did not disclose the model and trim distribution, although the company did note that the EQB 350 4Matic would offer 478 kilometers (297 miles) of range on the NEDC cycle and 419 km (260 miles) on the regiment. WLTP testing. We expect it to have a lower rating from the US EPA. Details of the EQB’s performance to US standards have yet to be released, although we expect they will be similar to what Mercedes will offer in Europe.
Mercedes gives the EQB the requisite stylistic features of the brand – the black panel grille and the full-width continuous lighting strip front and rear. The model will also feature exclusive two-tone and three-color wheels, which can measure up to 20 inches. We expect Mercedes to offer more information, including pricing and powertrain details, closer to the model’s on-sale date.