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2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300 eclipses the GLB small SUV – Information by Automobilnews.eu

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300 eclipses the GLB small SUV


The electrical 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB presents a quieter, cleaner, stronger different to the gas-powered GLB 250 small crossover SUV. The electrical crossover is the primary iteration of a small SUV in Mercedes-Benz’ quickly evolving EQ electrical collection. Even throughout the model, the EQB could possibly be thought of old-fashioned. However, very like my iPhone 11 in comparison with the iPhone 14 affords I’m at present ignoring, it suited me completely nice. For now. 

With a worth starting from $56,800 to $61,400, together with a $1,050 vacation spot payment, Mercedes situates the brand new 2022 EQB competitively with most different new electrical crossovers, together with the Kia EV6, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Ford Mustang Mach-E. It’s cheaper than a Tesla Mannequin Y and about the identical worth as a Volvo XC40 Recharge, which is its closest competitor. Like the electrical model of the XC40, the EQB shares the identical physique because the gasoline GLB small crossover. Besides Mercedes flattened the ground to suit its usable 66.5-kwh battery pack, smoothed out the underbody, and solidified the ends for higher aerodynamics. 

The problem for Mercedes is convincing the EV curious that the EQB is value about $10,000 greater than a equally geared up GLB 250. 

It’s. Simply. In our testing of the 5 fashions that at present make up the EQ household, together with a preview of the forthcoming EQE SUV, the EQB confirmed how shortly Mercedes is reworking its total lineup to electrical automobiles and turning into a carbon-neutral model by 2039. As an alternative, the GLB additionally feels old-fashioned in a quickly altering EV market, like a flip cellphone to my iPhone, or the Sinclair gasoline station dinosaur brand.  

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300

Driving impressions

Round Denver and as much as the pink rocks jutting out of the horizon, the 2022 EQB 300 charmed with its quiet effectivity, spectacular grip, and roomy inside. It’s immensely sensible, a lot in order that it may be fitted with a 3rd row to develop from 5 to seven seats. We’d persist with 4 passengers, however in a pinch, or on a fast getaway from town to the foothills, it could match a pair shorties within the third row. 

It’s fast off the road however plateaus simply as shortly, missing the torque-rich thrust of most different electrical crossovers with bigger motors fed by a bigger battery pack. The 2 motors, together with a stronger permanent-magnet motor driving the rear axle, output 225 hp and 288 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes claims a 0-60 mph time of 8.0 seconds, and the bigger motors on the EQB 350 make 288 hp and 384 lb-ft, good for a 0-60 mph time of 6.2 seconds. 

The usual dual-motor, all-wheel-drive powertrain lets the motors function independently, so below mild throttle it’s simply rear-motor energy, however a heavier foot prompts the entrance asynchronous motor. There’s sufficient thrust for many passing strikes, despite the fact that it weighs about 1,000 lb greater than the gasoline GLB.

That further weight combines with entrance struts and a multi-link rear suspension for a surefooted really feel, even on curly fry roads as much as lookout factors after which nose-diving again right down to ketchup. It lacks AMG tuning or an air suspension, however with the obtainable adaptive dampers and low heart of gravity, the side-to-side motions have been restricted and it leaned lower than different boxy crossovers. 

Effectively-weighted steering and the chunky, flat-bottomed steering wheel led to a stable, full feeling in sharp turns. It exceeded expectations and turned a leisurely scenic drive right into a enjoyable jaunt by means of the hills, the sort that conjures up excuses to maintain going. A lot of the pleasure got here from the whisper quiet cabin, which not solely benefited from the quietude of electrical motors however further sound insulation squashed street noise. 

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300

The EQ variations

Other than the slight styling variations and a cost port on the passenger facet rear fender, the EQB seems very like the GLB. Fairly than Mercedes’ huge Hyperscreen, which encapsulates three digital screens below one pane of glass spanning 56 inches of sprint, the EQB employs twin 10.3-inch screens, one for gauges and the opposite a touchscreen for infotainment. 

The EQB’s electrical automobile indicators are muted if not hidden, which is a departure from the complete monty in bigger EQ fashions driving on Mercedes devoted EVA2 platform. Steering wheel paddles flick between three regen brake settings proven by a tiny + or – icon within the gear selector show within the cluster. Essentially the most vital regen setting, D-, doesn’t fairly deliver the EQS to a full cease, and D+ mode coasts like a gasoline engine. 

In different EQ fashions, the regen settings might be felt within the brake pedal and the throttle, which corporations up in heavier regen settings. Within the EQB, the pedal variations in every setting are much less pronounced. And because the EQB shares a lot of the GLB, it lacks a frunk however it may be opened, in contrast to different EQ fashions. 

Different muted signifiers are the vary and kwh meters tucked within the decrease a part of the tachometer. It appears Mercedes understates its EV bona fides. 

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300

EV vary

We nonetheless don’t know what these bona fides imply by way of vary, precisely. The EPA hasn’t licensed the EQB, and Mercedes cites a 260-mile vary on the beneficiant European WLTP cycle. That can doubtless translate to about 225 miles on the EPA cycle, and Mercedes plans a longer-range single-motor front-drive mannequin later. 

With its 400-volt electrical structure, the EQB can DC quick cost at as much as 100 kw to recoup about 80 miles of vary in quarter-hour, primarily based on our estimates. On a Stage 2 240-volt charger rated at 32 amps, it’ll take greater than 11 hours for a full cost. That is a technique by which the EQB is behind the occasions (as are the opposite, bigger EQ fashions); an 800-volt system permits for quicker charging. For Mercedes’ subsequent iteration of the EQ collection on the EVA3 platform, it is going to make use of a 900-volt structure.

There are electrical crossovers with larger vary, together with in Mercedes’ personal EQ household, but the EQB eases the transition from combustion to electrification. Included are two years of 30-minute DC fast-charging classes on Electrify America’s community. 

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300

Value

The worth distinction between the GLB is much less pronounced with the EQB’s commonplace options baked in, corresponding to the dual 10.3-inch screens as an alternative of comparatively puny 7.0-inch screens on the GLB 250. Wi-fi smartphone connectivity and wi-fi cellphone charging additionally come commonplace, as do heated entrance seats. An augmented actuality navigation system comes commonplace on the EQB, which overlays arrows and signposts on digital camera projections of the particular intersections and offramps. A touchpad within the console makes pinching or zooming map views less complicated than utilizing the touchscreen. 

Additionally commonplace on the EQB and additional on the GLB is Mercedes’ 64-color ambient lighting system that illuminates just like the Vegas strip. Shopper suggestions should be constructive, however all of the razzle dazzle might be muted, luckily.

Stepping up from the Unique to the Pinnacle trim grades provides extra Mercedes finery, corresponding to Burmester {surround} sound, leather-based upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, and a surround-view digital camera system, amongst different goodies, for $2,550.

Along with higher commonplace options between the EQB and GLB, the journey high quality is best, the ability is larger, and the tailpipe emissions are fewer. It’s a greater GLB throughout the board besides on the subject of vary. For now. 


Mercedes-Benz offered airfare and lodging for The Automotive Connection to provide this firsthand report.

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2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300 eclipses the GLB small SUV – Information by Automobilnews.eu
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