This new luxury compact EV crossover is US-bound.
Mercedes has revealed its new EQB all-electric compact crossover at this year's Shanghai Auto Show. If it looks somewhat familiar then you're right; the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB is the pure battery-electric version of the GLB and joins the also just-unveiled EQS flagship sedan and overseas-only EQA crossover. The German automaker has confirmed the EQB will be sold in the US beginning sometime in 2022 but will arrive first in Europe and China.
The pictures shown here are the Chinese market version but we don't expect America's EQB to greatly differ. Measuring 184.4 inches long, the EQB can accommodate up to three rows of seats for seven occupants. The third row will be optional outside of China.
Mercedes says the third row provides sufficient space for two short adults and has up to 57.2 cubic feet of cargo space when folded flat. The two-row version has a maximum of 60.4 cubic feet of capacity. That second-row has an available longitudinal adjustment feature that adds up to 6.7 cubic feet of cargo space. The EQB's wheelbase is the same (111.3 inches) as that of the GLB and overall exterior styling is quite similar, though there a few noticeable differences.
Up front, there's the now-signature Mercedes-EQ brand black panel instead of a conventional grille. A continuous fiber-optic light strip connects the daytime running lights housed within the full-LED headlight casings, while the rear boasts a cool-looking full-width LED strip.
The wheels are also unique to the EQB and measure up to 20 inches and can be finished in rose gold or blue in some trim levels.
Step inside and you'll discover an interior that's largely unchanged from that of the GLB. Exceptions include some trim and color changes and the dual-display has EV-specific screens. Buyers get the MBUX infotainment system featuring Navigation with Electric Intelligence as standard fare. This system is capable of calculating the fastest routes to the chosen destination by taking into account charging stops, weather, and topography.
Mercedes says both front- and all-wheel drive versions will be offered. Some versions will surpass 269 horsepower, like the AMG Line trim that'll launch in China with 288 hp. European models' batteries begin at 66.5-kWh, which results in the EQB 350 4Matic having a driving range of 260 miles on the WLTP test cycle. The EPA's rating will likely be less. A "particularly long-range version" is due at a later date. All EQBs come with an onboard 11 kW charger and be charged with up to 11 kW at a DC fast-charging station.
Complete US-spec performance, range, battery, and pricing details will be released closer to the EQB's on-sale date.