Mercedes is rapidly expanding its EV portfolio. This time the company has revealed the 2022 EQB, a battery-electric variant of the GLB Class SUV. The EQB will launch in China and Europe this year, while a U.S.-bound variant is slated for 2022.
The formula behind the EQB is nearly identical to that of the EQA, which isn’t surprising. The GLA and GLB Class are both based on the same architecture, so the fact the shared approach transcends to the EV variants makes sense. This means the overall body of the EQB is nearly identical to that of the gas variant, but Mercedes has slotted in EQ-specific front and rear fascias. There’s a black faux grille up front and wrap-around LED lights at both ends.
Mercedes will launch the EQB in China in top-of-the-line AMG Line form. This variant will offer 288 horsepower in front or all-wheel drive format. So far Mercedes is detailing a 66.5-kWh battery pack for the EQB, though the company notes that a longer-range variant is in the pipeline. In Europe the launch version is expected to offer 260 miles of range, with the ability to charge via DC 100 kW charging.
Inside, the EQB is nearly identical to the GLB class, which is a good thing. The practicality of the GLB remains in-tact, with plenty of space for people and cargo. The one nuance to the EQB is the fact it comes standard with Electric Intelligence in its navigation system. The system can automatically take into account necessary charging stops and plan ahead.
Mercedes will build the EQB in China for the local market. Production will commence in Hungary later this year for Europe. Exports to the U.S. are slated for next year. Expect more details on the U.S. version later this year.