2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB Preview

FAST FACTS
  • EQB joins a growing family of “EQ” electric vehicles from Mercedes
  • Based on the GLB compact crossover SUV
  • Driving range of 260 miles (WLTP)
  • Optional seating for up to seven people
  • Standard “smart” navigation system with optimized route and charging guidance
  • The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB will go on sale in 2022

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB is a compact electric SUV with standard seating for five but an optional third-row seat bumps capacity to seven people. Just keep in mind that Mercedes says the third row is acceptable only for children or shorter teens and adults.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB White Front Quarter View

Two models will be available at first, but more configurations will follow. The Mercedes EQB 300 4Matic has a 225-horsepower electric powertrain, and the EQB 350 4Matic gets 288 horsepower. Both include all-wheel drive (AWD) as standard equipment. Later on, according to Mercedes, interested customers will be able to choose a front-wheel-drive model and a model with an extended-range battery. 

Exterior Features

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB Rear Quarter View

With no more than a glance, it is easy to tell that Mercedes bases the new EQB on the existing Mercedes-Benz GLB. It has a gloss black panel in place of a traditional grille, of course, and the front fascia and lighting elements are different, perhaps portending similar updates coming for the GLB. 

For the EQB, the Mercedes highlights the front panel’s central star with a fiber-optic light strip that connects the headlights, and each light unit has blue accents. In addition, bi- or tri-color wheel designs are exclusive to the EQB and come in sizes of up to 20 inches in diameter.

Interior Features

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB Interior Dashboard

Mercedes trims the EQB’s cabin in aluminum, and rose gold accents are available depending on the model. Tubular aluminum forms the door handles and accents in the center console. A widescreen digital instrumentation panel is standard and runs on the latest Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) software. 

Seating for five people is standard, and the second-row bench features an adjustable backrest, allowing for several seating positions. Rear passengers can also slide their seat up to 5.5 inches forward and back. 

The EQB is available with a third-row seat that enables seven-passenger seating, but Mercedes is realistic about who will be comfortable riding in the back. Passengers that are up to 5-feet 4-inches tall can fit, and Mercedes says that you can secure two child seats back there, but it won’t be a luxurious ride in the “way back.” 

The second- and third-row seats fold flush with the cargo floor for more space when not in use. 

Under the Hood

The EQB 300 4Matic and the EQB 350 4Matic include AWD and have an estimated driving range of around 260 miles on the WLTP cycle. However, official EPA estimates are likely to come in lower when the EQB goes on sale in the U.S.

A compact electric powertrain unit sits on each axle, including an electric motor, a fixed-ratio transmission with differential, a cooling system, and power electronics. The AWD system can regulate power delivery between the front and rear axles up to 100 times per second. It can also reduce energy consumption by using only the rear-drive motor as often as possible. 

The system generates 225 horsepower and 288 pound-feet of torque in the EQB 300 4Matic, while the EQB 350 4Matic sees 288 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Power comes from a 66.5-kWh battery located underneath the passenger compartment. 

Mercedes says the EQB can charge at up to 11 kW on AC power and 100 kW on a DC fast charger. The fast-charge rate is good for a 32-minute 10% to 80% recovery time. With the EQB’s navigation system activated and providing directions to a charging station, the battery will automatically preheat or cool itself to allow for the fastest charging rates by the time the driver reaches a charging station. In addition, Mercedes plans to offer a year of complimentary charging with every EQB. 

Safety Systems

The Mercedes-Benz EQB comes standard with a core package of primary driving assistance systems, including forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure and lane-keeping assistance, blind-spot warning, and others features you would expect.

An optional Driver Assistance Package expands on the basics, bringing additional features that include:

  • Adaptive cruise control with automatic braking for stationary vehicles and active speed-limit assistance
  • Active steering assistance with lane-centering capability
  • Traffic jam assist with semi-automated driving in heavy traffic
  • Automatic emergency stop assistance
  • Evasive steering assistance
  • Active blind-spot assistance to prevent unwise lane changes
  • Active brake assistance with intersection assistance and a cross-traffic function
  • Pre Safe Plus to prepare the EQB and its occupants for a rear-impact collision

Infotainment and Technology

Similar to what’s already available in the GLB on which it is based, the EQB gets a standard widescreen configurable digital cockpit system that includes the instrumentation and infotainment systems. Mercedes says that the EQB will use its latest MBUX software and that navigation will be standard equipment.

The system also features guidance that optimizes routes for the most efficient energy consumption or to find available charging stations. As the EQB approaches a charging station set as a destination, a function that heats or cools the battery during the approach ensures optimum charging once a session commences.

Augmented reality navigation will be available, which overlays virtual images onto a camera view of the route ahead and is especially helpful in densely populated urban areas and after dark.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB Competitors

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB will join a growing group of compact electric SUVs when it lands in late 2022. Its main competitors will be the Audi Q4 E-tron, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Tesla Model Y, and Volvo XC40 Recharge. Lexus should also have a vehicle in the segment at around the same time.

Mercedes-Benz is the source of information in this article. It was accurate as of September 8, 2021, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker’s website or your local dealership.