Mercedes has lifted the veil on the third electric vehicle in its EQ range, the EQA. Derived from the thermal model, this compact SUV will try to revitalize the electric sales of the German manufacturer following the small fiasco of the EQC.
After being delayed for a few months following several disappointments, the Mercedes EQA has finally been made official by the German brand. This new compact electric SUV uses the same formula as the EQC and the EQV van: it is based on its thermal counterpart – the GLA in this case – and is based on the same platform, while waiting for the firm to star has one entirely dedicated to electricity (especially for the EQS)
So don’t be surprised at the aesthetic conservatism observed on this EQA, which looks like two drops of water like GLA. With a few differences: at the front, the vehicle now has a full grille topped with a new optical border. At the rear, the headlights are identical, but a light strip sweeps the tailgate to bring a touch of modernism always welcome.
Mercedes EQA: autonomy and power
Still at the rear, the license plate has this time migrated to the shield. Mercedes has also made a slight change in the dimensions: the EQA is 5 centimeters longer than the GLA, but also 1 centimeter higher. However, the livability remains the same with its wheelbase of 2.72 m.
On the technical sheet side, the version unveiled by the group from beyond the Rhine embeds a single engine with a power of 140 kW (190 hp), for a torque of 375 Nm. Its battery with a useful capacity of 66.5 kWh gives it 426 km of autonomy (WLTP cycle). Mercedes ensures that a four-wheel drive variant of 200 kW (271 hp) and a range of more than 500 km will arrive in a second step.
Two tons on the scale
The Mercedes EQA is a beautiful baby: two tons. This is not ideal for offering the fastest acceleration. Evidenced by the 8.9 seconds announced to bring down the 0 to 100 km / h. Its maximum speed is limited to 160 km / h. On a fast terminal, the compact SUV can be recharged in about 30 minutes, compared to 5:45 on an 11 kW outlet.
As standard, this electric car comes with LED headlights, an adaptive high beam assistant, 18-inch alloy rims, ambient lighting with 64 colors, comfort seats with four-way lumbar support, a reversing camera, a system Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) intuitive infotainment and navigation with Electric Intelligence.
Price and availability
According to Auto Motorcycle which had the privilege of handling the vehicle, the EQA benefits from excellent soundproofing and honorable comfort thanks to its good shock absorbers. Mercedes announces prices in Germany from 47,546 euros. In France, the EQA will be available at less than 50,000 euros, synonymous with eligibility for the ecological bonus of 3,000 euros.
Its availability in concession will take place in May 2021.