Mercedes is now starting sales of the new electric SUV EQB with three rows of seats and a range of up to 42 miles.
By converting the existing SUB model GLB for electric operation, Mercedes has created the electric SUV EQB which, like its sibling with an internal combustion engine, attracts with a generous luggage space that also holds an extra row of seats, if desired.
Two variants are current in Sweden, EQB 300 4Matic with 228 hp / 390Nm and 350 4Matic with 292 hp / 520 Nm. As the nickname “4Matic” suggests, both are four-wheel drive with one electric motor per axle.
According to Mercedes the consumption is the same for both drivelines, between 18.1–19.2 kWh / 100 km. It provides at best a range of 420 km according to the WLTP driving cycle. If you want that range, however, “thirsty” options such as larger rims should be avoided.
The battery pack has a net capacity of 66.5 kWh and can be quickly charged with a maximum of 100 kW DC, which can no longer be considered very impressive when electric cars such as Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 receive upwards of 239 and 220 kW respectively and charge 10-80 percent at best 18 minutes.
To charge Mercedes EQB 10–80 percent instead take “just over 30 minutes”, according to the manufacturer. The onboard charger is on 11 kW AC. How fast it can be charged with a wallbox is not stated.
The Mercedes EQB is a five-seater in the basic version. It then holds 496–1,710 liters, depending on whether the rear seats are folded up or down.
The Swedish price for The Mercedes-Benz EQB 300 4Matic starts at SEK 592,900 before the climate bonus with the SE-Edition equipment package. This includes reversing camera, LED light with automatic high beam assistant, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistant, speed sign reader and active blind spot assistant.
If you want seven seats, the option costs SEK 8,600. The folding seats also swallow approximately 31 liters of luggage space when folded down, 465 instead of 496 liters.
According to previous information, the seats on the third row are intended for passengers who are a maximum of 165 cm long.
The more powerful EQB 350 4Matic starts at SEK 627,900 before bonus with the same equipment package, SE-Edition. In other words, the extra effect costs SEK 35,000 extra.
Despite this, buyers who can refrain from bending in too many options are entitled to a SEK 70,000 climate bonus, even if the government’s postponed proposal not to give a bonus to buyers of new cars with a price of more than SEK 700,000 is introduced next year.
The first Mercedes EQB cars will arrive in Sweden in February, the general agent states.
Sounds like a perfect family car to me!
Source: Senaste nytt från auto motor & sport by www.mestmotor.se.
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