Mercedes has released a press kit for the new EQB and there's a LOT of information to dig through.

The main points at a glance
The EQB: the essential information and innovations

Room for seven

The EQB offers five seats as standard and is optionally available as a seven-seater. It therefore offers space for many larger families and the most diverse transportation needs. This gives it an exceptional position among compact electric cars. The two seats in the third row can be used by people up to 5 feet 4 inches tall, child seats can also be fitted there.

Compact on the outside, spacious on the inside
The EQB (length/width/height: 184.4/72.21/65.62 inches) offers a generous amount of space thanks to having the long wheelbase of the GLB (111.3 inches)2 . The backrests of the seats in the second row can be adjusted in several stages as standard, and this row features longitudinal adjustments of up to 5.5 inches as an option.

The compact class becomes increasingly electric
After the EQA, the EQB represents the second all-electric compact car from Mercedes-EQ. At the same time, it will be the first purely electrically powered production vehicle from the Kecskemét plant in Hungary. The vehicles for China are produced in Beijing.

Customers have the choice
The range initially includes the EQB 300 4MATIC with 225 hp and the EQB 350 4MATIC with 288 hp. A front-wheel drive model will follow. A particularly long-range version is also planned.

Electro design aesthetics
The EQB interprets Mercedes-EQ's Progressive Luxury in an edgy and particularly characterful way. It features the characteristic Mercedes-EQ black panel grille with central star. A further distinctive design feature of the all-electric world of Mercedes-EQ vehicles is the continuous light strip at the front and rear.

Navigation with Electric Intelligence
The standard Navigation with Electric Intelligence contributes to the effortless handling of the EQB in everyday life. It calculates the fastest route to the destination, taking into account maximum charging power and the duration of possible charging stops. In addition, the Navigation with Electric Intelligence ensures that the high-voltage battery is brought to an optimal charging temperature before a planned charging stop, if required.

One year of Mercedes me Charge included
By means of high-quality certificates of origin, Mercedes-Benz guarantees that energy from renewable energy sources is fed into the grid for charging current sourced via Mercedes me Charge. With Mercedes me Charge, customers can access nearly 60,000 public places to charge in the USA, where Mercedes-Benz ensures subsequent compensation through green electricity. With the EQB, one year of Mercedes me Charge is included.

Electro-aesthetics brimming with character
The EQB: the exterior design

The EQB interprets Mercedes-EQ's Progressive Luxury in an edgy and particularly characterful way. It features the characteristic Mercedes-EQ black panel grille with central star. A further distinctive design feature of the all-electric world of Mercedes-EQ vehicles is the continuous light strip at the front and rear.

Key features of the front-end design:

  • The progressive and width-accentuated black panel front makes for a confident appearance.
  • A horizontal fiber-optic strip connects the daytime running lights of the full-LED headlamps, ensuring a high level of recognition both in daylight and at night.
  • The inside of the headlamps is finished to a high level of quality, detail and precision.
  • Blue color highlights within the headlamp reinforce the signature Mercedes-EQ appearance.
  • The stretched hood has discreetly indicated power domes.
Key features of the side design:

  • The EQB impresses with its balanced overall proportions, with short overhangs front and rear.
  • The function-oriented greenhouse with upright windscreen makes the comfortable interior possible. Circumferential and protective cladding elements structure the overall proportion.
  • The muscular and sensuously modeled vehicle shoulder dominates the side view, which is further enhanced by the rise of the beltline.
  • Outwardly positioned wheels give the EQB a powerful character and confident stance on the road.
  • Exclusive to this model are light-alloy wheels in a bi- or tri-color design, up to 20 inches in size, in some cases with rose gold-colored or blue decorative trim.
  • The studded roof rails underline the high utility value of the new EQB.
Key features of the rear-end design:

  • The LED taillights merge seamlessly into the tapering LED light strip. This underlines the horizontal sense of width of the EQB in the rear view.
  • The number plate has been moved to the bumper, allowing for a beautifully shaped tailgate.
  • The standard-fit reversing camera is integrated into the automatically pivoting Mercedes-Benz star.
Robust character meets rose gold
The EQB: the interior design

The robust character of the interior is underlined by tubular elements in an aluminum look. They sit as handles in the doors, in the center console and in the instrument panel on the passenger side. Depending on the design and equipment line, a spectacular backlit trim piece and rose gold-colored decorative elements on the air vents, seats and vehicle key provide clues to the electric character in the interior of the EQB. The instruments, with their electric car-specific displays, pick up on the same color scheme with rose gold-colored and blue highlights.

The large body of the dashboard has a cut-out in the driver and passenger area. The driver faces a Widescreen Cockpit, with control and display via MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience).

MBUX can be individually configured with the help of various options. Key advantages of the system: the powerful computer, brilliant screens and graphics, customizable presentation, full-color head-up display, navigation with augmented reality and learning software and voice control activated by the keyword "Hey Mercedes".

The information in the instrument cluster and on the media display is easily legible on the large, high-resolution screens. An emotive presentation underlines the comprehensibility of the intuitive control structure and offers brilliant graphics in superb visual quality. The Mercedes-EQ tile in the media display can be used to call up menus relating to charging options, electrical consumption and energy flow. The right-hand display within the instrument cluster is a wattmeter rather than a rev counter. The upper section shows the percentage of power, the lower section the recuperation. The left-hand instrument can be used to show whether the destination can be reached without an interim charging stop. The colors change according to the driving situation: during a boost process, for example, the display changes to white.

Depending on mood, or to match the particular interior, the user has a choice of four different styles. The Progressive variant includes a special Mercedes-EQ color scheme:

  • Modern Classic is the evolution of the classic display style in an elegant-light and exquisite materiality.
  • Sport has a high-tech turbine look with sporty black/yellow contrasts.
  • Progressive represents a modern interpretation of an instrument cluster in the digital display world. In the interests of reducing the display to what is strictly necessary and in order to allow focused intake of information, the display values of the round instruments for speed and power are displayed dynamically only in the required range in each instance. In the EQB, the color scheme here is pure blue/rose gold-colored.
  • Discreet mode greatly reduces the information and thereby helps the driver to relax.
Powerful and efficient duo as an opener
The EQB: the drive system

The EQB starts as the EQB 300 4MATIC with 225 hp and as the EQB 350 4MATIC with 288 hp. The ranges according to WLTP are 419 kilometers in each case. Further variants to meet specific customer requirements will follow, including a particularly long-range version.

An asynchronous motor is used at the front axle. The electric motor, a fixed-ratio transmission with differential, the cooling system and the power electronics form a highly integrated, very compact unit - the electric powertrain (eATS).

In addition, the EQB 300 4MATIC and EQB 350 4MATIC also have an eATS on the rear axle with a newly developed permanently excited synchronous motor. It is extremely compact in design. In a permanently excited synchronous motor, the rotor of the AC motor is fitted with permanent magnets. The magnets – and thus the rotor – follow the rotating alternating current field in the stator windings. The engine is referred to as synchronous because the rotor turns at the same rate as the magnetic field of the stator. The frequency is adapted to the speed demanded by the driver in the frequency inverters of the power electronics. The advantages of this design include high power density, high efficiency and high output consistency.

In the 4MATIC versions, the power demand between the front and rear axles is intelligently regulated 100 times per second, depending on the driving situation. The Mercedes-EQ philosophy is to optimize consumption by using the rear electric motor as often as possible, while the asynchronous motor at the front axle generates only minimal drag losses in partial-load operation.

Technical data1:

Drive system layout
All-wheel drive​
E-machines front/rear axle
Asynchronous motor (ASM)/ Permanently excited synchronous motor (PSM)​
Output (peak)
Torque (peak)
Top speed1
Battery capacity, usable (NEDC)
Combined consumption (NEDC)
kWh/100 km​
Range (WLTP)
AC charging time2
DC charging time3 at quick-charging station
In overrun mode or during braking, the electric motors become alternators: their mechanical rotation is converted into electrical energy and used to charge the high-voltage battery - a process known as recuperation (for details see the section on "Recuperation").

The battery: part of the intelligent thermal management system
The EQB is fitted with a lithium-ion battery with a high energy density. It has a maximum voltage of 420 V and, with a nominal capacity of around 190 Ah, has a usable energy content of 66.5 kWh.

The battery is made up of five modules and is located underneath the passenger compartment in the middle of the vehicle. An aluminum housing as well as the body structure of the vehicle itself protect the component from potentially touching the ground and against loose debris. The battery housing is part of the vehicle structure and thus an integral part of the crash concept.

The battery is part of the intelligent thermal management system of the EQB. To ensure that it is always kept within the optimum temperature range, it can be cooled or heated as required via a coolant-fed plate underneath the battery.

If Navigation with Electric Intelligence is activated, the battery may also be pre-heated or cooled while driving in order to ensure that it is within the ideal temperature window for a rapid charging station. On the other hand, if the battery is cold when the car reaches the rapid charging station, a considerable proportion of the charging capacity will initially be used simply to warm it up. The net effect is to optimize the charging time – important, as a means of significantly shortening the charging stop.

As for all other high-voltage batteries, Mercedes-Benz issues a battery certificate, thus providing a performance warranty. This is valid for eight years or a distance covered of 160,000 kilometers and guarantees a properly functioning high-voltage battery: the certificate also covers capacity loss in the battery.

Charging management: CCS charging socket for alternating current as well as direct current
At home or at public charging stations, the EQB can be conveniently charged at up to 11 kW with alternating current (AC) using the onboard charger. The charging time required for a full charge depends on the available infrastructure and the country-specific vehicle equipment. Charging at a Mercedes-Benz Wallbox is considerably faster than at a domestic power socket.

And it is of course even faster at direct current (DC) fast-charging stations. Depending on the SoC (State of Charge) and the temperature of the high-voltage battery, the EQB charges at a corresponding charging station with a maximum power of up to 100 kW. The charging time is then 32 minutes from 10-80 percent SoC. For AC and DC charging, the EQB is equipped as standard in Europe and the USA with a CCS (Combined Charging Systems) connector in the right-hand side panel.