One of the many electric novelties presented by Mercedes-Benz last year was the EQB, a 4.68-meter-long midsize SUV based on the EVA1.5 platform that we can also find at the EQA. This model derives from the well-known thermal GLB and is one of the most familiar alternatives in the EQ range, as it can have up to seven seats.
At the time of its launch, the Mercedes-Benz EQB was available in two versions, both with all-wheel drive: the EQB 300 4MATIC and the EQB 350 4MATIC. Both of them use a battery pack with a 66.5 kWh capacity, which gives them a range of 420 km under the European WLTP approval cycle.
The EQB 300 4MATIC has a powertrain of 228 hp (168 kW) and 390 Nm, which allows it to complete the 0 to 100 km/h in 8 seconds, while the EQB 350 4MATIC goes to 292 hp (215 kW) and 520 Nm, lowering the time to just 6.2 seconds. Both one and the other can charge a maximum of 100 kW in direct current, taking 32 minutes to go from 10 to 80% charge.
Now, the range has been completed with a new access variant that differs from its brothers by being front-wheel drive. Baptized as EQB 250, the newcomer maintains the 66.5 kWh pack; however, thanks to a more efficient 190 PS (140 kW) and 385 Nm powertrain, it achieves a maximum range of 469 km WLTP. In this case, the 0 to 100 km / h stays in 9.2 seconds.
The Mercedes-Benz EQB 250 homologates 469 WLTP kilometers of autonomy
Since it is an “access” model, the new 250 version has allowed the EQB to lower its starting price to 55,225 euros. The difference compared to the 300 4MATIC (from 58,464 euros) and 350 4MATIC (from 60,707 euros) is not too large; however, it is constituted as a very attractive alternative for those who do not need all-wheel drive and seek somewhat greater autonomy.
Currently, the SUV ranks as the company’s second most affordable electric car after the EQA, equaling rivals such as the Audi Q4 e-Tron. Later the range will likely be enriched with the arrival of new variants, including some signed by AMG, the sports division of Mercedes-Benz.