Mercedes introduced the electric crossover Mercedes-Benz EQAJanuary 20, 2021
The 2021 Mercedes EQA is named the brand’s smallest and most affordable electric vehicle. The electric crossover will initially only be produced as an EQA 250 with a WLTP range of 426 km and a starting price of € 49,995. More options will appear later.
EQA is the second EQ model after EQC. It clearly inherited GLA DNA, but differs in a number of ways. The EQA headlights, for example, are more like A-Class units in terms of shape, and they blend seamlessly into a closed grille that has a solid LED strip at the top, like the EQC. The EQA taillights are also optically linked to each other via an LED strip. EQA can be recognized by the license plate “moved” to the rear bumper, by the blue inserts, the diffuser, and, of course, by the missing exhaust pipes. The EQA has 18-inch wheels as standard and 20-inch rose gold wheels as an option.
The interior of the Mercedes-Benz EQA looks more like a GLA. For example, the layout of the MBUX interface screens and the dashboard design remain the same, with the exception of a new backlight. The AMG-Line version has an additional option for personalizing the interior: Electric Art. These include rose gold accents on the vents, seats and key. The backlight comes standard in 64 different shades.
Initially, the EQA will only be available as the EQA 250. Mercedes-Benz points out that the 250 also functions as the base model, so there won’t be an EQA with a smaller battery and less power. The EQA is based on a modified version of the MFA2 GLA platform, with a battery housed in a steel frame under the vehicle. A possible successor to the EQA will receive a base specially designed for the EQ line.
The starter version of the EQA 250 cannot be called meager: a 66.5 kWh battery and a 190 hp electric motor. and 375 Nm of torque at the front wheels. It accelerates to 100 km / h in 8.9 seconds and has a top speed of 160 km / h. More important is the range, which is 426 kilometers (WLTP). More options are coming: EQA with 4Matic is in development, as is the EV version with over 500 km. In addition, there will be a 272 hp EQA.
The EQA is charged by a fast charger with a maximum charging power of 100 kW. This means that the battery can be fully charged from 10 to 80% of its capacity in half an hour. The maximum charging speed of the wall box is 11 kW. With these values, the EQA is more or less on the same level as the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus at almost equal price. The two models are also close to each other in terms of theoretical range. However, Tesla manages to squeeze 448 kilometers (WLTP) out of its smaller battery pack by 50 kWh.
With the help of EQA, Mercedes-Benz wants to attract a young audience and stimulate the transition to electric vehicles. To minimize concerns about range in this group, the engineers opted for a relatively large battery. The cost of EQA is 49,995 euros. For the money, the buyer gets access to an EQA with MBUX and Electric Intelligence, heat pump, LED headlights, comfort seats, electric tailgate, rearview camera and active tracking and braking assistant as standard.
For people who regularly have to tow heavy equipment, there is less good news because although the EQA is optionally available with a towbar, it can only tow 750kg. According to Mercedes-Benz, the four-wheel drive variants will have more traction. From this spring, EQA will be available from European dealers.
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