The 2022 Mercedes EQB Electric: A Luxurious 3-Row SUV
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The microchip shortage hasn’t stopped automakers from introducing new cars. Mercedes-Benz has quite a few exciting vehicles in the works, like the redesigned C-Class sedan and a coupe version of the CLS. However, many consumers are most excited about the electric Mercedes-Benz EQB.
According to AutoWeek, the EQB will go into production and be delivered to consumers by the end of 2022. What can we expect from the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB when it comes out?
What’s featured with the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB?
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB rides on the same platform as the GLB-Class. The EQB is a compact SUV that can seat up to seven riders, powered by a choice between two turbocharged engines. It gets great gas mileage for the segment, but it's EV sibling will be even more efficient.
AutoWeek said that the EQB can get at least 260 miles of range with the bigger battery. The EQB 350 4Matic gets 288 horsepower, while the EQB 300 4Matic makes a combined 225 horsepower. Both of these are all-wheel drive, but a cheaper front-wheel-drive variant is available in other markets outside the U.S.
With a DC fast charger, the battery only needs 32 minutes to reach an 80% charge. Its efficiency is far below luxury Tesla rivals, but an extended-range model might be released with enough demand.
Mercedes-Benz says the EQB will be able to reach 62 mph in eight seconds. That means it's more than a second slower than the GLB, and the heavy battery might affect its handling. Still, since the GLB-Class exhibits such a smooth ride, we can expect the EQB to do the same.
Like the GLB, the Mercedes-Benz EQB will be a five-seater SUV with the option to add two extra seats. Seven-seater models might be even more restrictive on cargo room due to the battery. However, the interior and technology will likely be unchanged from the Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class.
Does Mercedes-Benz sell other EVs?
Mercedes-Benz is also planning to release the EQS this year, an electric version of the S-Class sedan. This one will be fully decked out with all the automaker's latest tech features, fetching at least $100,000.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS will also be one of the most powerful EVs on the market, producing up to 649 horsepower. A 751-horsepower AMG model has also been slated for a 2022 release, as reported by Car and Driver.
The Mercedes-Benz EQE is an electric E-Class model that will also go on sale next year. According to Consumer Reports, it will get an estimated 410 miles of range. Mercedes-Benz also wants to release seven other EVs in 2022, which will likely consist of other electric versions of existing offerings.
How much will the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB cost?
Official pricing for the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB hasn't been announced, but AutoWeek estimates that it’ll likely start around $50,000. That's about $12,000 more than the standard GLB-Class, possibly putting the fully-loaded models at around $72,000.
AutoWeek said there's a reason Mercedes-Benz is simply electrifying existing powertrains rather than producing new models. It allows its customers to cross-shop easily with a comparable vehicle. As EV production heats up, we can expect more luxury consumers to make the switch to electric. It helps that these EVs are just as capable (if not more so) than their gas-powered counterparts.