Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its smallest, most affordable electric vehicle (EV) yet, the EQA. The Mercedes-Benz EQA is basically a GLA with a purely electric powertrain and a slightly different design.
As mentioned, the EQA basically uses the same fundamental design as the GLA, but with a few design details to bring it in line with the brand’s electric vehicle lineup. These details include a “black panel grille”, new LED headlights and an LED taillight design that’s connected by an LED strip. There’s also a new set of front and rear bumpers along with new aerodynamic alloy wheel designs.
It’s the same case with the interior, which shares a lot with the GLA. The only differences are a few unique trim pieces and revised LED lighting. Buyers can also opt for a spiral trim design in front of the front passenger which is also LED backlit through the use of fiber optics. Do note, however, that the twin 10.25-inch screens of the MBUX infotainment system aren’t standard. Instead, the Mercedes-Benz EQA comes with two 7-inch screens just like in the GLA. Optionally, the EQA can be fitted with “Navigation with Electric Intelligence”, which takes into consideration efficiency by avoiding traffic and available charging stations en route to your destination.
For now, the only available variant is the Mercedes-Benz EQA 250, which means it has an electric motor that produces 187 hp and 375 Nm of torque driving the front wheels. Along with a 66.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the EQA 250 has a claimed range of 426 kilometers, though this has not yet been finalized via the WLTP test cycle.
Mercedes-Benz says there will be more variants of the EQA in the future, including an all-wheel-drive variant and power outputs of up to 268 HP. A long range variant with more than 500 kilometers of range is also in the pipeline.
As for charging, the EQA comes with an 11 kW charger as standard and can be charged with a maximum output of 100 kW via a DC fast charging station. Mercedes-Benz claims that thhe EQA can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in just 30 minutes when using a DC fast charging station.
The new Mercedes-Benz EQA will first go on sale in Europe this spring.