The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB is a fully electric, compact luxury SUV offering an excellent balance of driving ability and cabin space, while offering a low-cost price for its class.
The EQB has two powertrain options, which are carried over from 2022, which are all-electric, and both offer four-wheel drive via a pair of electric motors. Moving up to the EQB300 opens up all-wheel drive and the slightly more powerful 225-hp EV powertrain. If you want the fastest EQB, you have to opt for the two-motor EQB350, which makes 288 hp.
The most powerful EQB 350 4MATIC has twin electric motors generating 288 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque. For even more power and all-wheel-drive capability, you need the EQB 350 4MATIC, which starts at $106,700, adding a second, rear-mounted EV for four-wheel-drive propulsion, raising the output ante to 215kW, although the range drops a bit to 360km.
To match the spec of the GLB 250 4Matic, you need to check the $2900 option box for third-row seats on the EQB 250s front-wheel-drive, and AWD is not available, not even as an option.
Prices for optional third-row seats are still unconfirmed, but they are likely to be similar to the $850 Mercedes is now charging for a then-new third-row Mercedes-Benz GLB. Like the compact GLB crossover, 2022s Mercedes-Benz EQB SUV will come in either two-row or three-row configurations, likely making it Mercedes-EQs most popular sub-brand on our shores.
However, that would be so only if the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB SUV could maintain its delightful ride quality with the gasoline equivalent, and its fair entry price.
Basing an electric car off of a gasoline-powered GLB 250 is typically not a recipe for low charging times or high range, but the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB SUV still manages a respectable 419 kilometers (260 miles) on WLTPs optimistic scale, while the EQB 350 does not make much of a difference.
The new EQB250+ entry-level model comes equipped with a single, 188-hp electric motor driving the front wheels, delivering a lengthy 250-mile range. With pricing that is below new EQB competition from the 2023, Teslas Model Y, and the Audi E-Tron, the EQB is in enviable company.
The EQB is significantly larger than the Audi e-Tron, the Jaguar I-Pace, and Teslas Model Y, and it undercuts all those cars by $10,000 and up. Considering that the new 2023 EQB is an existing GLB, the numbers are acceptable, particularly given the squared-off look.
The new 2023 EQB arrives in dealerships and at Mercedes-Benzs dealerships this fall, and we expect to see plenty of both cars on the roads, as more families are demanding EVs that suit their lifestyles.
Of course, the Tesla Model X is the first seven-seater electric SUV, and it will generally be EQBs most serious competitor, but at present, it is offered only on pre-order in Australia, without any firm delivery dates as of yet.