At the 2021 Shanghai Motor Show, it unveiled the second battery-electric version of Mercedes-Benz’s compact model family, the EQB based on the GLB leisure car. The location of the world premiere is no coincidence, there is so much demand in the Far East to produce the model locally at the Beijing-Benz plant – with its own 80 kWh battery, 292 horsepower twin-engine all-wheel drive and AMG Line exterior – the rest of the world part of it is supplied from Kecskemét, for which the Hungarian factory was significantly expanded.
Not only was the radiator grille modified when an electric car was carved out of the GLB RV: all body components were placed in front of the B-pillar and extra seals were placed around the headlights to improve airflow. The size of the roof spoiler has been increased and vented openings have been added to the bottom of the bumper. The air resistance coefficient of the body is Cw 0.28, which is achieved with the closed radiator grille, the modified bumpers and the fully covered floor.
The cabin is otherwise the same as the internal combustion engine variants, with the exception of the Electric Art trim, which features rose gold ornaments and partly upholstered in this color – in addition to the gray faux leather, the seats are covered with fabric made of recycled PET bottles. The third row of seats, which is recommended for use up to a height of 165 cm, has a cup holder and a USB-C connection, and the second row of seats, which can be pushed onto a 14 cm rail, makes it easy to use. 5 child seats can be attached to the car at the same time, and it’s good to know that it’s not just at the rear outboard that this safety extra is provided. The EQB has a length of 4684, a width of 1834, a height of 1667 mm and a wheelbase of 2829 mm. In the five-seater interior, the luggage compartment can be 495 liters by default, 1710 liters after the reclining, and 465-1620 liters in the 5 + 2-seater.
In the first round, the twin-engine 4Matic versions will be made, both with a battery capacity of 66.5 kWh, which promises a range of roughly 400 km according to standard measurement, in practice less is expected. Mercedes-Benz does not want to advertise a utopian range, as it is assumed that passengers will use all possible pampering (here heating and cooling should be considered), so they communicate more realistic numbers, ie they promise a wide range of 300 km – no one will to be disappointed. To maximize range, intelligent engine brake control was introduced, saying that in the D Auto position (controlled by the tabs behind the steering wheel) it automatically adjusts the amount of energy recovery based on topography and speed limits. During the practical test, the car accelerated on the steep slopes of Buda, even after a sharp turn, so based on the map it could have regained its pace. deceleration can be achieved. In order to ensure that the fineness of the operation also meets the standards of the brand, a special, quiet and low-vibration air conditioning compressor has been developed, and the air conditioning pipes have been routed along the particularly rigid body edges so that they do not cause vibrations. I had the opportunity to drive the car for a few kilometers within the borders of Budapest, so I can’t comment on the speed of the road or the speed, but the interior of the city is amazingly quiet, it also keeps the noise of the outside world away from the passengers.
Although the series production of the Mercedes-Benz EQB started in Kecskemét last year, we are still in the start-up period, so the selection is limited to the two-engine drive (228 or 292 hp) and the smaller battery (66.5 kWh), but the first wheel will arrive this year. -driven (224 hp) version and a larger capacity battery (90+ kWh).
Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.
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