Mercedes-Benz is updating the EQB electric SUV for the 2024 model year. First unveiled at Auto Shanghai in 2021, the EQB arrived on the US market in 2022, with the the 2022 EQB 300 4MATIC starting from $54,500 and the EQB 350 4MATIC from $58,050. (Earlier post.)
The update features a fresh look, numerous efficiency updates and new, useful features. MBUX with improved voice control and driving assistance systems are updated. Plug & Charge charging technology, optional Sound Experiences and innovations from Mercedes-Benz electric model siblings are also making their way into the compact class.
The updated model year 2024 EQB will arrive at US dealerships first half of 2024.
A new range monitoring function is helpful in everyday use: if it is activated via MBUX, several options are shown on the central display to save energy. Possible recommendations include the ECO driving program and D Auto as well as to switch to the ECO+ climate control function.
Depending on the situation, a maximum driving speed at which an additional charge stop can be avoided is also suggested. This speed is displayed as a red line on the speedometer. Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC (optional extra) and cruise control driving assistance systems follow the system’s speed recommendation using map data and posted speed limit signs identified by the camera.
The 2024 EQB features an updated generation of MBUX. The appearance of the displays can be customized with three display styles (subtle/sporty/classic) and three modes (navigation/assistance/service). In combination with the 10 color worlds of the ambient lighting, there are numerous individualization options. All previous functions such as media, phone, vehicle, etc. are still available. They can be conveniently operated via the touchscreen or the touch control buttons on the steering wheel.
In the course of the slightly changed offer logic, the central display is now part of the standard equipment. The redesign of the infotainment system focused on a new design and improved performance. This includes the zero-layer interface: the user does not have to scroll through submenus or give voice commands. Situationally and contextually, applications are offered on the top layer in the field of view.
Smartphones can now connect wirelessly to the vehicle via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto Wireless. The display of the charging features in MBUX also has been improved: for example, the charging flap can be unlocked on the central display via a soft key in the charging menu. Furthermore, the available DC charging power, which depends on the pre-conditioning of the high-voltage battery, is displayed. Other useful information: during the charging process, the recharged range is indicated in miles.
Improved sensor technology includes a new mono-multipurpose camera and a new backup camera. The Driving Assistance package contains improved functions in detail. For example, Active Lane Keeping Assist now works more comfortably with steering intervention instead of ESP.
Thanks to more powerful environmental sensors, the parking systems can better support the driver when maneuvering. Integrated into MBUX, they can be operated more intuitively and more quickly. The Parking Package with 360-degree camera supports the driver when parking in and out of parallel and perpendicular parking spaces.