- 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB electric SUV priced for Australia
- Available in two variants: EQB 250 and EQB 350 4MATIC
- Priced from $87,800 before on-road costs
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB electric SUV is now available in Australia, providing local buyers with a seven-seat option under $100,000 for the first time.
Priced from $87,800 before on-road costs, the family-orientated EQB is an electric twin to the GLB medium SUV, in an identical fashion to the popular EQA that launched in 2021 as a sibling to the smaller GLA.
As such, the exterior of the EQB is very similar to the GLB, with the main visual difference being the closed front grille, which helps the EV to achieve its slippery drag coefficient of 0.28.
Other exterior changes include; a redesigned front spoiler and rear diffuser, bespoke front and rear wheel arch spoilers, aero-optimised alloy wheels, and redesigned head and tail-lights that bring the EQB into line with the rest of Mercedes-Benz’s electric vehicles.
The Mercedes-Benz EQB competes with the Tesla Model Y, Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 in Australia.
However, the third-row of seating provides a unique selling point for the German brand, with the GLB becoming the only EV currently offered in Australia with more than five seats for under $100k.
Tesla does offer the Model Y with seven seats, but only in select markets such as the United States, with local prospects currently unknown.
The addition of the EQB is set to be followed by the launch of the EQE sedan, EQV people-mover and more-potent EQA 350 before the end of 2022, following the recent arrival of the AMG EQS 53 performance sedan.
Mercedes-Benz will expand its EQ range in 2023 with the standard version of the EQS and the high-riding EQS SUV, ahead of a plan to become all-electric by the end of the decade (in most markets).
2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB Australian pricing
Prices exclude on-road costs.
|EQB 250 five-seat||$87,800|
|EQB 250 seven-seat||$90,700|
|EQB 350 4MATIC five-seat||$106,700|
Edition 1 package – $9100 (EQA 250), $3900 (EQB 350)
According to Mercedes-Benz Australia, the Edition 1 package will be available for “a limited time”.
|AMG-specific front bumper|
|AMG-specific rear bumper with chrome diffuser-look (EQB 250)|
|Black exterior accents|
|Black side trim with chrome insert|
|Grey leather upholstery with blue stitching|
|Backlit spiral-look trim elements (EQA 250)|
|Illuminated door sills (EQA 250).|
2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB features
|19-inch alloy wheels|
|10.25-inch MBUX infotainment system|
|Apple CarPlay and Android Auto|
|10.25-inch digital instrument cluster|
|Leather-wrapped steering wheel|
|360-degree camera system|
|Keyless entry and push-button start|
|Hands-free power tailgate|
|Low-speed pedestrian alert sound and reversing tone|
|LED headlights with light strip|
|Adaptive high beam|
|CCS2 charging cable.|
EQB 350 4MATIC
|20-inch alloy wheels|
|AMG exterior styling|
|Sports seats with adjustable head restraints|
|Suede upholstery with red stitching|
|Nappa leather sports steering wheel|
|AMG carpet floor mats|
|Backlit spiral-look trim elements|
|Illuminated door sills|
|Panoramic glass sunroof.|
Powertrains, charging and driving range
Mercedes-Benz offers the EQB with two powertrains in Australia.
The entry-level EQB 250 guise features a single electric motor producing 140kW of power and 385Nm of torque, exclusively sending power to the front wheels.
It has a 66.5kWh battery pack, with a WLTP-rated 371-kilometre driving range.
Stepping up to the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive EQB 350 brings 215kW and 520Nm, with a slightly lower 360km driving range.
There are several charging options for the EQB, including an onboard charger that allows up to 11kW with an alternating current (AC).
It also supports direct current (DC) charging of up to 100kW, with the 10 to 80 per cent fast charge claimed to take approximately 30 minutes.
The Mercedes-Benz EQB is yet to be scored by ANCAP; however, it received a five-star rating from Euro NCAP, based on testing conducted on the petrol GLB in 2019.
It has a 95 per cent score for adult occupant protection, 91 per cent for children, 78 per cent for vulnerable road users, and 74 per cent for safety assist.
It includes a suite of airbags, including dual front, front and rear side, curtain for the second and third rows, and driver’s knee.
Each variant includes the following active safety equipment as standard:
|Autonomous emergency braking (vehicle, pedestrian and cyclist)|
|Lane departure warning|
|Adaptive cruise control|
|Route-based speed adaptation|
|Rear-cross traffic alert.|
The Mercedes-Benz EQB has a wheelbase of 2829 millimetres, and is 4684mm long, 1834mm wide and 1667mm high.
This makes it 50mm longer and 9mm taller than the GLB, due to the placement of the batteries underneath the vehicle.
The medium SUV has a claimed 465-litre boot capacity with the third-row folded (where fitted), expanding to 1620L with the second-row folded. There is 110 litres of luggage space behind the optional third-row.
Warranty and servicing
As per the wider Mercedes-Benz range, the EQB electric SUV is covered by the brand’s five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty, along with a complimentary roadside assistance program during the vehicle’s warranty period. The program can be extended at a cost of $149.60 per year.
The battery pack is covered by a separate 10-year, 250,000-kilometre warranty.
Service pricing can be pre-purchased, consisting of three-, four- or five-year packages with 12-month/25,000km intervals.
Mercedes-Benz has yet to announce exact pricing for the EQB; however, prices for the related EQA can be found below:
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB electric SUV is now arriving in Australian showrooms.