Mercedes launches its new crossover-style EQA electric car
German carmaker reveals its entry-level all-electric compact sports utility vehicle
The EQA is the new entry-level all-electric model from Mercedes’ range of EQ electric vehicles. It’s a dynamic looking crossover-style compact sports utility vehicle that’s designed to offer a balance between performance, price and drive experience. From its styling, it's obvious that the EQA is a close relation to Mercedes’ GLA range of sports utility vehicles but comes with a zero-emissions electric powertrain.
The front-wheel-drive EQA 250 launch model will come with a 66.5kW battery that delivers 190 horsepower and will offer a range of up to 265 miles (426km). It will accelerate from 0-62mph (100kph) in just under nine-seconds with a top speed of 99mph (159 kph). Following the launch model, both four-wheel-drive and longer-range versions will be available.
The EQA’s battery is located under the floor, so it doesn’t interfere with any storage space. Using an 11kW wall box the EQA 250 can be charged fully in just under six hours, while a 100kW fast charger can charge up to 80 percent in about 30 minutes.
The new EQA is being built in Rastatt, Germany and Beijing, China. The battery systems for the EQA are supplied by the Mercedes-Benz subsidiary Accumotive in Kamenz. A battery factory in Jawor, Poland that Mercedes collaborates with is also preparing to produce battery systems for the new compact Mercedes-EQ models.
Prices for the new EQA in Germany start at €47,540.50 with UK pricing and specification coming soon.
Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, said: "The new EQA allows us to show the way we envisage e-mobility as tailored to the needs of our customers. We will offer a whole family of EQA models, with output ranging from 140 through to more than 200 kW, and with front-wheel as well as all-wheel drive.
“And for those for whom the issue of range is particularly important, our portfolio will in due course also include a special version of the EQA with a range of more than 500 kilometres according to WLTP. The EQA proves that, by using a tried and tested architecture, it is possible to achieve an excellent compromise between performance, costs and time to market."