Mercedes-Benz continues the Australian rollout of its Mercedes-EQ family of fully electric
vehicles by introducing the EQB, a compact SUV based on the B-Class, that can carry up
to seven people. Or reconfigure the cabin to create more than 1600 litres of loading

The EQB has an electric drivetrain developed by Mercedes-EQ specifically for the
Mercedes-EQ compact SUV range. The system’s operating temperature is optimised
through cooling of the electric motors and the power electronics, as well as the high-
voltage lithium-ion battery.

To reduce noise and vibration, which typically become more noticeable in the absence of
the sound of a combustion engine, Mercedes-EQ engineers isolated the drive unit from the
supporting frame.

The lithium-ion battery serves as the central energy storage unit for the electric drive
system. Its high energy density provides a usable energy content of 66.5 kWh. Weighing
just 469 kg, this unit is divided into several modules which are distributed beneath the
vehicle floor to create a favourable centre of gravity.

Mercedes EQB have charging speeds with up to 11 kW of output via the AC (alternating
current) charging system, or up to 100 kW using DC (direct current) charging.

Stowing all rear seats gives 1710 litres of storage space. With its flat floor and tall roofline,
the EQB can accommodate bikes, surfboards, golf clubs and carts, and even largish
furniture items.

With the second row in use which includes reclining seat backs, a handy 495 litres of
cargo space is there. A three-way split-fold mechanism in the second row adds further
options to configure the space available for passengers and cargo.

With the optional third row of seats fitted (EQB 250 only), the key storage measurements
are 1620 litres (all rows stowed), 465 litres (second row in use) and 110 litres (all rows in

The new Mercedes-Benz EQB 250 variant, which is packaged as standard with five seats,
while a third row that extends seating to seven can be selected as an option. Flexible and
spacious, the EQB 250 is a smart choice for families keen to embrace the utility of being
able to deploy two extra seats for occasional use.

Utilising a single e-motor driving power directly to the front wheels, the EQB 250 drivetrain
generates 140 kW of power and a healthy 385 Nm of torque. The electric SUV is capable
of achieving driving range of 371 km according to the WLTP test standard.

The Mercedes EQB 250’s cabin has spiral-look trim elements and houses a widescreen
display, there are two 10.25-inch high-resolution screens.

The driver’s instrument panel can be customised with a number of pre-loaded themes,
while the central screen acts as the portal to access the MBUX infotainment system, which
includes audio, telephony and navigation controls as well as a number of vehicle settings.

The seats are finished in ARTICO upholstery with electrically adjustable and heated front
seats, while the centre console includes a wireless charging mat for supported smart
devices. Dual-zone climate control, DAB+ digital radio, Apple and Android smartphone
integration, an advanced sound system and ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours
are all standard inclusions.

The Driver Assistance Package has active safety and convenience systems led by
DISTRONIC active cruise control with Active Speed Limit Assist, plus Active Steering
Assist, Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist, as
well route-based speed adaptation.

The standard Parking Package includes the PARKTRONIC parking assistant and a 360-
degree camera, and the KEYLESS-GO Comfort Package includes an electrically operable
tailgate including hands-free access.

Mercedes EQB 250 has acoustic ambient protection, which mitigates the risk posed to
pedestrians and cyclists by the vehicle’s silent drivetrain by sounding an audible warning
at speeds below 20 km/h, plus a reversing tone.

It has adjustable damping suspension with multi-link rear suspension to optimise ride
comfort, LED high-performance headlights with Adaptive High beam Assist and featuring
EQ-specific blue elements, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, and the Progressive Exterior
package featuring distinctive chrome and aluminium trims.

An LED luminescent light band across the front of the bonnet is another EQ-specific
design feature. It rides on 19-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke light alloy wheels.

Both models in the EQB range incorporate a Type 2 CCS charging socket capable of
accepting up to 11 kW (AC) and 100 kW (DC), while charging cables for use with
Australian domestic sockets and public charging stations are also supplied with either

The EQB 350 4MATIC creates a sportier driving experience. Dual e-motors, one mounted
on each axle, enable power to be sent variably where it’s most needed, and with a low
centre of gravity thanks to the flat, wide battery pack optimally distributed beneath the
floor, the EQB 350 achieves a stable yet highly agile driving experience.

A combined output from the two motors of 215 kW and 520 Nm, the latter fully available
from any speed or even from a standstill, endows the SUV with impressive acceleration (
zero to 100 km/h in as little as 6.2 seconds) and sports car-like responsiveness.

Driving range is 360 kilometres according to the WLTP standard.

Available only in the five-seat configuration, the EQB 350 adds additional interior features
to show its sporty nature. This includes sports seats with adjustable head restraints and
DINAMICA microfibre inserts with red double top-stitching , a multi-function sports steering
wheel in Nappa leather with a flattened bottom section, backlit spiral-look trim elements,
AMG floor mats and illuminated door sills.

Exterior features include an electrically controlled panoramic glass sunroof, AMG-specific
body styling including extra chrome trim pieces, a diffuser look for the rear apron, and 20-
inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels.

The Mercedes-Benz EQB 250 is priced at $87,800 in standard five-seat configuration, with
a third row of seats adding $2900.

The EQB 350 4MATIC is priced at $106,700. Both models are on sale now.

For a limited time, EQB buyers can purchase the Edition 1 package, which creates a
highly distinctive and even more stylish exterior appearance including AMG-inspired body
elements, and also adds EQ-specific interior elements such as backlit trim and blue top-
stitching on the seats and doors.

Until stock is exhausted the Edition 1 package will add $9100 for the EQB 250 model, and
$3900 for the EQB 350 4MATIC.

Important note to editors – The price detailed in this document includes GST and any LCT
applicable to the base / standard specification model but EXCLUDES ALL ON ROAD
COSTS such as, for example, registration fees, stamp duty, CTP and the like.


About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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