Mercedes-Benz revealed a surprising addition to its electric vehicle range in the United States at the Shanghai auto show in 2021. The Mercedes EQB electric SUV 2022 revealed, confirmed for US arrival.
The EQB is the electric version of the GLB-Class compact crossover (which we think would have made a decent electric car), which is a roomier, boxier-looking version of the GLA-Class crossover. The EQA crossover has already been seen as an electric variant that will compete with the GLA, but it is unlikely to make it to the United States.
The EQB’s arrival in the United States comes as a surprise, as Mercedes-Benz hasn’t even listed the crossover on its U.S. product map—despite the fact that it will be a better match for the market than the EQA. However, Mercedes-Benz USA told Green Car Reports on Monday that the EQA is still being considered.
The GLB’s upright profile is combined with the sleek front end used on all Mercedes EQ electric vehicles. According to the automaker, this gives the EQB a drag coefficient of 0.28. Rather than a dedicated architecture, the EQB is built on a variant of the same platform as the GLB.
The EQB and GLB both have a 111-inch wheelbase and a third-row seat option (bringing total seating capacity to seven). The overall cargo space for the five-seat model is 60 cubic feet, which is 2.0 cubic feet less than Mercedes claims for the GLB.
Mercedes will first introduce the EQB in China in a single EQB 350 configuration, which features a single 288-horsepower electric motor driving the front wheels and a 66.5-kilowatt-hour battery pack made in Germany and Poland by Mercedes parent Daimler. There are also plans for additional versions, including all-wheel-drive models.
According to Mercedes, the crossover has an 11-kilowatt onboard charger and is capable of DC fast-charging at up to 100 kw, allowing it to charge from 10% to 80% in just over 30 minutes.
The EQB’s driving range, pricing, and full specifications for the US market will be announced closer to its launch in 2022. The first vehicles will be manufactured in Beijing for the Chinese market, while vehicles for Europe and the United States will be built in Kecskemét, Hungary. Mercedes also intends to start producing two larger electric SUVs in Alabama next year.
Mercedes has already changed its EV approach, most noticeably by opting not to carry the EQC to the United States. The EQC crossover, which is already on the market in Europe, is bigger than the EQB but smaller than the two versions Mercedes expects to produce in Alabama.
Mercedes will begin its electric-car campaign in the United States with the EQS flagship sedan, rather than the EQC. The EQS, which was unveiled last week, is more fuel-efficient than other recent Mercedes models and marks a change in the company’s philosophy. By the time it arrives in the United States, this may mean more range for other Mercedes electric models, such as the EQB.