Alongside the entry-level electric compact crossover – the 2024 EQA, Mercedes-Benz has taken the wraps off the facelifted version of the EQB for the international market. The EQB electric is positioned in the B-class of Mercedes-Benz cars and is an all-electric variant of the GLB. Overseas, the 2024 version of the EQB sports minor changes to the exterior & interior and gets upgraded technology as well as several new features. While Mercedes-Benz has not disclosed details about when it plans to bring the updated EQB to the home market, it has confirmed that the EQB will go on sale in the US market in the first half of 2024. However, the EQB 350 4Matic electric SUV is already available in India at a starting price of Rs. 77.50 lakhs (ex-showroom). Although it replaced the 300 4Matic model, the updated EQB 350 4Matic comes equipped with the same 66.5 kWh battery pack as its predecessor and generates 288bhp & 520Nm of peak torque.
Coming back to the 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQB, the standard equipment of the refreshed model includes a specially designed black panel with the brand's signature star pattern and a 10.25-inch central touchscreen running a new generation of the MBUX infotainment system.
2024 Mercedes-Benz EQB: Exterior
Exterior-wise, the 2024 version now dons a new black panel, redesigned LED lights at the rear, a light bar connecting DRLs, and a newly designed bumper. Apart from this, the EQB remains more or less the same. But, as part of customisation, customers can configure their vehicle specifications, as they get to choose from new colour schemes and alloy wheel options.
2024 Mercedes-Benz EQB: Interior, Tech Features
Inside, the EQB boasts a new steering wheel with touch control panels, a 10.25-inch infotainment system & seating for five as standard, a new mono-multipurpose camera, a new backup camera, and updated driving assistance systems. The car's active lane keep assist is said to work with steering intervention instead of ESP. The driver can also alter the layout of the displays with 3 display styles (Subtle, Sporty, and Classic) and three modes (Navigation, Assistance, and Service). The voice control function offered with the MBUX has also been improved.
Moreover, the EQB has a plug-and-charge function, enabling drivers to charge up the battery by just plugging in the charging cable. For this, customers do not need to authenticate themselves or feed in details on the charger screen. A separate charging contract with a selected third-party provider is required through which the payment and invoicing of the charging processes can take place.
2024 Mercedes-Benz EQB: Optional Bits
Optional bits of the vehicle include two Sound Experiences, which are computer-generated sounds that work in conjunction with the Burmester surround sound system. Also, two additional Sound Experiences can be bought and activated online via the Mercedes me store. There is also a Dolby Atmos surround sound system, claiming to allow listeners to hear music almost as clearly as the original vision of the artists in the studio. Besides, this model also comes in a seven-seater layout as an option, measuring 4,684mm in length, 1,834mm in width, and 1,664mm in height.
2024 Mercedes-Benz EQB: Powertrain
Underneath the skin, the front-wheel-drive version comes powered by an electric motor that churns out 185bhp, while the 4Matic version gets two electric motors – one on each axle, making 284bhp. The battery is a 70.5kWh unit.
The new Mercedes-Benz EQB is offered in three variants – EQB 250+, EQB 300 4Matic, and EQB 350 4Matic, all supporting DC fast charging and AC charging at up to 100kW and 9.6kW, respectively.