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2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB brings 7-seat electrification to Shanghai

Auto Shanghai 2021

Hot on the heels of the EQA and EQS is the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB, the latest addition to the brand’s all-electric portfolio. Essentially a battery-electric version of the GLB-Class crossover, the EQB can seat up to seven passengers and will share its powertrain options with the EQA. That means it’ll be available in FWD or AWD configurations and with power ratings of over 268 hp. A 66.5-kWh battery will be standard while a long-range version, likely with a larger battery, is being planned.

You’ll be able to distinguish the EQB from the GLB via its front fascia. It has the same look as the other EQ vehicles with the headlights integrated with the closed grille. Mercedes has also made sure that the EQB is aerodynamic despite its boxy profile. As a result, it has a drag coefficient of 0.28. That’s achieved via different front and rear bumpers, a nearly enclosed underbody, and aero-optimized alloy wheels.

The interior is similar to the one found in the EQA featuring two available widescreen displays for the MBUX interface. Depending on the version you get, the EQB will be available with rose gold trim on the air vents and seats. The same color is also used in the infotainment system and is paired with blue to distinguish it from Mercedes’ non-electrified models.

A level 2/240-volt AC charger can charge the Mercedes-Benz EQB at an 11-kW rate. Using a level 3 DC charger allows the crossover to charge from 10 to 80 percent in just over 30 minutes at a rate of 100 kW. Using the Mercedes me Charge app, owners are guaranteed to charge at stations that use renewable electricity.

On the safety front, the EQB will be available with Mercedes’ full suite of driver assistance features. Lane-keeping, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control are standard. Other features like pedestrian and cyclist detection will be offered via the Driver Assistance package.

China will be the first market to get the Mercedes-Benz EQB followed by Europe later this year. The crossover is scheduled to arrive in the U.S. as the second EQ model in 2022 following the flagship EQS sedan.

Written by Stefan Ogbac
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