Mercedes EQB undergoes mid-life update
The seven-seat EV is now said to deliver up to 321 miles of range
Mercedes has introduced a series of updates to its EQB electric SUV. The revamp includes new design tweaks, an upgraded MBUX infotainment system and improved driving range.
The exterior changes are subtle yet noticeable, featuring a new grille design and updated rear light cluster, aimed at refreshing the model's appearance while maintaining its reserved aesthetic.
Inside, the EQB sports the latest Mercedes steering wheel with touch-sensitive controls and introduces lime-pore wood trim for a more refined interior ambiance.
A significant upgrade comes in the form of the MBUX infotainment system, which now includes a voice assistant and updated driving assistance systems.
The new EQB 250+ model is introduced with a 70.5kWh battery, offering an increased range of up to 321 miles, positioning it as a competitive option for longer commutes and travels.
Meanwhile, the EQB 350 4MATIC continues with a 66.5kWh battery and a slightly increased range of 255 miles. Power outputs for the 250+ and 350 4MATIC are 188bhp with 385 Nm torque and 288bhp with 520 Nm torque, respectively.
Charging capabilities for both models include a maximum 100kW speed, allowing a 10-80 per cent charge in just over half an hour. In the UK market, all EQB models will come with seven seats, directly positioning them against competitors such as the Kia EV9 and the Tesla Model X.
Starting prices for the new EQB are set at £52,800, marking a £2,500 reduction from the previous starting price, potentially increasing its appeal in terms of affordability.
The EQB 250+ is available in various trims including Sport Executive, AMG Line Executive, and AMG Line Premium.
The more powerful EQB 350 4MATIC also offers higher-end trims such as AMG Line Premium, and AMG Line Premium Plus, with the top models featuring amenities like 20-inch AMG rims, head-up display, and panoramic sunroof.
Mercedes' updates EQB comes after the firm recently unvailed the SL 63 S E Performance - a hybrid addition to its CL drop-top grand tourer lineup. It's the most powerful variant with a debut scheduled for next year.
This model, the fifth plug-in hybrid from AMG's performance division, combines a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine with a 201bhp electric motor at the rear, producing a combined 804bhp and 1047lb ft of torque. The electric motor is linked to the rear axle through a two-speed gearbox, complementing the vehicle's seven-speed automatic transmission, enabling a 0-62mph acceleration in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph.