In the ever-evolving landscape of electric vehicles, Mercedes-EQ is setting the bar higher with the introduction of the EQB, a ground-breaking all-electric family SUV.
- Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa is steering the electric initiative full throttle with an impressive line-up, including the EQA, EQC, EQS, and the latest addition—the all-new EQB.
- Following the success of the EQA, the EQB emerges as a versatile and powerful addition.
- It promises a seamless blend of luxury, practicality, and eco-conscious driving.
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The Sandton Times took the Mercedes-Benz EQB 350 for a weekend long test-drive around greater Sandton, to get a real feel for the world of luxury electric cars.
It’s worth noting that electric vehicles are not just a driving experience; it’s a lifestyle statement. Tailored for those wanting to experience the next level of mobility, the Mercedes-Benz EQB 350 caters to outdoor enthusiasts and families alike, and boasts a perfect balance of digital innovation and practicality.
Launching as the Mercedes-Benz EQB 350 4MATIC in South Africa, this all-electric compact SUV is no stranger to power. With 215 kW under the hood, it promises a spirited drive with tremendous acceleration while delivering an impressive range of up to 423 km, according to WLTP standards.
The EQB’s design aligns to Mercedes-EQ’s commitment to progressive luxury. The black panel grille with a central star and the continuous light strip at the front and rear create an unmistakable presence. The fibre-optic strip connecting the LED headlamps ensures recognition day or night, while exclusive alloy wheels and a studded roof rail add a touch of elegance and utility.
Inside, the Mercedes-Benz EQB 350 welcomes occupants with a spacious and comfortable interior. The Widescreen Cockpit, controlled via the MBUX, provides a futuristic driving experience. The interior boasts backlit trim pieces, rosé gold-coloured accents, and a robust character highlighted by aluminium-look tubular elements. With an optional seven-seater configuration, the Mercedes-Benz EQB 350 caters to families of all sizes, making it an ideal companion for the South African way of life.
Safety is paramount in the Mercedes-Benz EQB 350. Intelligent driving assistance systems, including Blind Spot Assist and Active Brake Assist, come standard. The optional Driving Assistance Package takes safety a step further, with features like the turning manoeuvre function, emergency corridor function, and pedestrian detection near zebra crossings.
Charging the Mercedes-Benz EQB 350 is also straight forward, whether at home or public stations. With an 11 kW AC onboard charger, the EQB offers convenience for everyday use. When time is of the essence, DC fast-charging stations provide a maximum power of up to 100 kW, allowing a 10-80% charge in just over 30-minutes.
The Mercedes-Benz EQB 350 4MATIC comes with a price tag of R1’374’500 in South Africa. This includes a PremiumDrive Platinum 5-year/100’000 km maintenance plan and an 8-year battery warranty, offering peace of mind for years to come. For those seeking personalisation, various packages like the AMG Line, MBUX Innovation Package, Advanced Plus Package, Night Package, and Electric Art are available.
With an amalgamation of performance, safety, and sustainability, the EQB stands as a symbol of Mercedes-EQ’s commitment to pushing boundaries.
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