Mercedes-Benz EQA electric SUV revealed
The second model in Mercedes-Benz's EQ lineup, the EQA is an all-electric version of the GLA compact SUV
Mercedes-Benz has revealed the all-electric EQA as it continues to ramp up its EV offensive. Built on the GLA’s underpinnings, the new model will rival other electric SUVs like the Ford Mustang Mach E and Tesla Model Y in price, if not size, starting from €47,540 in European markets, with UK specifications to be confirmed later. First examples are expected in overseas markets in spring 2021.
Only a single variant will be available at launch, with the EQA 250 utilising a single motor mounted on the front axle that produces 185bhp and 277lb ft of torque. Performance figures are rated at 8.9sec 0-62mph time and 99mph top speed. This compares unfavourably to the admittedly larger Mustang Mach E, with the Ford sending 255bhp and 315lb ft to the rear for a sub-8sec 0-62mph sprint.
Mercedes has confirmed the range will be expanded with additional models in time though, bringing more power, extended range and all-wheel drive.
The electric motor draws power from a 66.5kWh battery pack, giving the EQA 265 miles of range (WLTP), putting it ahead of the entry-level Model Y and just behind the 280-mile Mach E. This is also a bigger range than the EQC. DC rapid charging can fill the battery in around 30 minutes in ideal conditions with the onboard charger allowing for up to 11kW AC charging.
Its design is more conventional than the 2017 concept, sharing its basic body with the GLA, but highlighted with bespoke front and rear-end designs, and EQ-specific design cues such as its multi-spoke wheels and full-width lighting.
To aid its aerodynamics, the underside is almost entirely enclosed for maximum aerodynamic efficiency, with unique aero-optimised wheels and slippery front and rear bumpers also contributing towards its 0.28Cd drag coefficient, matching the EQC.
The cabin is near-identical to its combustion counterpart, with the Merc’s MBUX infotainment system defining the EQA’s cabin interface and materials. The only distinguishing features are a unique illuminated dashboard on the passenger side and perforated leather seats on Edition 1 models.
While local prices have yet to be announced, in overseas markets, the EQA 250 model is priced €3000 more than the equivalent petrol-powered GLA250, suggesting it’ll be available for a similar premium over similar combustion models when it arrives in the UK later this year.