MERCEDES-BENZ: All-electric EQA finally revealed
It’s been nearly four years since the all-electric concept was initially exhibited at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, but now the Mercedes-Benz EQA has finally been revealed.
Understandably, its design has altered somewhat because it is now based on the popular GLA compact SUV. It will rival Volkswagen’s imminent ID.4 and be a premium alternative to KIA’s runaway EV hit the e-Niro.
Compared to the regular GLA, there are tweaked light clusters at each end; the front ones gain a blue stripe to highlight the car’s electric powertrain and the rear ones are now connected by a full-width light bar. The grille is blanked out because there’s no engine to cool. As the newest member of the EQ family, it shares some styling elements with the bigger Mercedes EQC SUV.
Order books open next month and first UK deliveries may be expected in Q2/21. UK prices and specs are expected towards the end of February, but in Germany the car is priced from around the equivalent of £42,000.
In Germany, three trim levels are available: Progressive, Electric Art and AMG Line. All models get Artico leather upholstery, electric front seats, a powered tailgate and 64-colour ambient lighting. The Electric Art trim adds decorative features like rose-gold piping and different alloy wheels, while the ever-popular AMG Line spec gets a racy body kit and sports seats.
At launch, all EQA models will use the same battery and motor and be badged as EQA 250, which means you get an electric motor mounted on the front axle and a 66.5 kW/h battery. Mercedes-Benz promises a 265-mile WLTP-derived range and on-board fast-charging will allow an 80 per cent battery top-up in half an hour from a 100kW public charger.
The EQA 250 powertrain produces 188bhp, can reach 0-62mph in a whisker under nine seconds and offer a 99mph top speed.
Mercedes-Benz says there will be a quicker EQA to follow which will have a motor on each axle and at least 268bhp on tap, plus a 0-62mph time of around five seconds. The automaker is also developing a longer-range version that’ll manage over 310 mile thanks to efficiency improvements.
Unsurprisingly, the inside is very similar to the GLA and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback. The MBUX infotainment system gains EQ-specific graphics and info screens and, given the projected starting price of the EQA, we’d hope that two 10.25-inch screens are fitted as standard. Poverty-spec A-Class models get a pair of diminutive seven-inch screens surrounded by a block of plastic.
Satellite navigation and Smartphone connectivity will be standard and the EQA will come with a deep chest of safety kit too. Active lane-keeping and brake assist will both be included along with a speed limiter function and hill-hold assist, while a Driving Assistance package with further safety features is expected to be optional.
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