2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB First Look: Electric Box

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2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB First Look: Electric Box

Mercedes’ EQ line of electric vehicles continues its rapid expansion with the new EQB small SUV, which the company pulled the wraps off of at the Shanghai Auto Show. While the EQB revealed in Shanghai is built in China for the Chinese market, a global variant of the electric SUV will also be produced at Benz’s plant in Kecskemét, Hungary.

Like other EQ models, including the recently revealed Mercedes EQS, the EQB’s mug features a big faux grille with a milk-mustache-like light strip that merges with the accent lighting elements of the triangular-shaped LED headlamps. Additionally, Mercedes further differentiates the EQB from its GLB kin by way of model-specific wheels and a distinct rear end treatment with a new fascia and full-width lighting that extends through the rear hatch.

Although we applaud Mercedes for making the EQB look noticeably different from the GLB-Class upon which it’s based, we are not entirely sure this compact electric SUV looks any better than its gas-powered counterpart. Blame a contrast between the front-end design, which looks like it was crafted in a wind tunnel, with the otherwise boxy proportions.

Fewer changes are made to the EQB’s insides, which look almost identical to those of the GLB-Class. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though, as the cabin of the GLB-Class is a fine enough space to while away miles—provided you’re not stuck in the SUV’s optionally available and cramped third-row seats, which Mercedes will make optionally available in the EQB. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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