Let’s be honest: No one who buys a compact SUV cares that much about what’s under the hood. A compact SUV is practical, sensible transportation; a vehicle that will get you and your stuff from A to B in all weather, with little thought or effort. The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB350 4Matic is a practical, sensible compact SUV. But what’s under its hood makes it stand out from the compact SUV crowd.
The EQB is the first all-electric compact SUV from Mercedes-Benz. It shares much of its basic architecture, body, and interior with the gasoline-powered GLB currently on sale in the U.S. But instead of a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four—221 hp in the entry-level GLB250 and 302 hp in the full-fat GLB35 AMG—it’s powered by two electric motors, which impart all-wheel drive.
The EQB350 4Matic is top of the EQB lineup. With a newly developed permanently excited synchronous motor at the rear axle and a less powerful asynchronous motor at the front delivering a total system output of 288 hp and 383 lb-ft, it sits above the 225-hp, 288-lb-ft EQB300 4Matic and will be joined by the entry-level front-drive EQB250 (187 hp, 276 lb-ft) sometime in 2022.
For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.