By Otsile Kadiege
Mercedes-Benz recently refreshed the all-electric EQA and EQB models with subtle yet noticeable new exterior and interior looks. The duo also get a tech update, improved driver assistance systems and significantly improved driving range.
Nip and tuck
Outside, the EQA and EQB visually catch up with their larger model siblings thanks to a newly designed black panel surface with its star pattern at the front. They also gets a redesigned lower front bumper while the light band which connects with the daytime running lights and headlights continue as one of the signature design cues which separate the electric cars from combustion engine powered versions.
The designers have also added four new wheel designs ranging from 18- to 20-inches. At the rear, the duo have redesigned taillight clusters. Two new exterior colour options have been added to the colour pallete, namely spectral blue and high-tech silver.
New interior tech and styling
As is the case on the outside, the interior of the refreshed EQA and EQB received subtle yet noticeable updates. These include the current-generation steering wheel with touch control panels as well as the trim in brown lime open-pore wood, Mercedes-Benz pattern and backlit Mercedes-Benz pattern. In the latter trim, the star pattern is lasered into the plastic and is adaptively backlit.
The standard equipment has been expanded; all EQAs and EQBs now come with the 10.25-inch central touchscreen running on an updated MBUX infotainment system and the USB package. Selected additional equipment can be subsequently activated via over-the-air (OTA) technology.
Improved assistance system
On the driver assistance systems side of things, the 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 environment sensors, the parking systems can better support the driver when manoeuvring. 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 longitudinal and transverse parking spaces.
The current EQA and EQB range in South Africa comprises EQA 250 and EQB 350 4Matic. Both are powered by a 66.5 kWh battery pack making a healthy 140 kW and 385 Nm in the EQA while the EQB develops a hefty 215kW and 520Nm. The ranges for the EQA and EQB are 400 km and 419 km respectively. Thanks to aerodynamic optimisation and highly rolling-resistance-optimised tyres, Mercedes-Benz now claims the EQA has a driving range of 560 km. The brand is mum on the EQB’s range but we should expect similar claimed figures.
Mercedes-Benz South Africa is yet to announce local availability.
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