Mercedes-Benz has been busy working on several electric vehicles (EVs), the first one being the EQC. The EQC was the German luxury carmaker’s first all-electric production vehicle and made its global debut back in 2019. However, there is now the all-new EQA, which has been launched as the entry-level model into Mercedes-Benz’s EQ series of cars.
And while the EQA’s platform has its genesis in the second-gen GLA crossover, modifications have been made to it to allow room for all the electrical hardware. Obviously, the EQA also looks a little different to its GLA cousin and has the benefit of being a more eco-friendly crossover SUV. In the coming year or so, Mercedes-Benz is poised to introduce over a dozen new models – including the all-new EQB.
At the global reveal of the all-new EQA was Markus Schafer, COO, and Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG. Schafer said,
“Mercedes-EQ aspires to take the lead in the field of electric drive systems and vehicle software. To this end, we have defined some ambitious product development goals and resolved to push forward with the accelerated market introduction of new technologies. The new EQA allows us to show the way we envisage e-mobility as tailored to the needs of our customers. 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.”
Following the fundamentals laid down by the previously-introduced EQC, the all-new Mercedes-Benz EQA features similar design cues. For instance, all EQ models are to sport a gloss black front grille with backlit horizontal lines and a massive three-pointed logo. These are all present on the new EQA as well.
The sweptback front fascia of the EQA also features tapered LED headlamps and a sporty bumper design with black cladding and intakes. Along the sides, the most characteristic design elements include the EQA’s 20-inch rose-gold wheels. They not only look gorgeous but can be had in several sizes and bi- or tri-color combinations. Another visual aspect here to consider is the dual-tone (with black roof) exterior color of the Mercedes EQA.
The rear of the all-new EQA looks just as contemporary as the front. There is a gorgeous LED bar connecting the LED tail lamps, with the Mercedes-Benz logo right underneath it. Compared to the GLA, the new EQA’s rear bumper has been redesigned and now also houses the license plate.
And just like other models in its line-up, Mercedes-Benz has felt the need to include some fake vents, exhaust-tip surrounds, and a diffuser to the EQA’s design, too. It is alright, Mercedes. I reckon most of us can do without those unnecessary design additions. On the whole, however, the all-new EQA is a pretty suave and sophisticated-looking car – especially if you option those rose-gold wheels.
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Compared to its relatively characteristic exterior, the interior of the all-new EQA is quite similar to that of the latest GLA. That said, it does get some flashy trim bits with blue backlighting, plus rose-gold accents around the AC vents, seats, and key fob. If you go for the special Edition 1 version of the EQA, you will also get perforated leather seats with the unique and built-in blue fabric within them.
If you are wondering what is all this blue about: it is Merc’s way of highlighting its range of electric cars. As with other recent Mercedes-Benz models, one of the main highlights of the all-new EQA is its MBUX infotainment system. The system uses two high-definition displays, one right beside the other.
While the screens in the EQA are not the largest in the brand’s line-up, they are still very usable and feature-laden. The all-new EQA also comes with the “Mercedes me” smartphone app, through which customers can check all available charging stations and operate some of the car’s functions remotely. Moreover, the EQA can be optioned with a full-color heads-up display, live navigation with augmented reality, and 64-color ambient mood lighting.
Mercedes-Benz certainly does some of the best and most sophisticated interiors in the car industry. And the one in the all-new EQA doesn’t disappoint. In terms of its safety kit, the Mercedes-Benz EQA comes with Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Evasive Steering Assist, and Active Distance Assist with Active Brake Assist.
Mercedes-Benz has launched its new model in its EQA 250 avatar. In this form, the EQA features a 140kW electric motor and boasts a maximum range of 486 kilometers. The 66.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack in the EQA features a “double-decker” arrangement, thus allowing for compact and efficient packaging.
Oh, and the aforementioned 140kW electric motor in the EQA 250 translates to around 188hp, and that drives the front wheels via a single reduction gear. With 375Nm of instant torque on offer, the EQA 250 can sprint from 0 to 100 kmph in under 9 seconds. Meanwhile, its top speed is electronically-limited to approximately 160 kmph.
According to Mercedes-Benz, the EQA can be charged from 0 to 80 percent in 30 minutes using a 100kW DC quick charger. On the other hand, charging the batteries from dead to 100 percent using an 11kW AC charger will take 6 hours. Taking into account the grants offered by the federal government and Mercedes-Benz, the all-new EQA is currently priced from just under 40,000 Euros in Germany.
The automaker has said that it will be introducing longer range and more powerful versions of the EQA in the near future. However, Mercedes-Benz hasn’t mentioned anything about the EQA’s arrival into the Indian market. Having said that, the German marque will be launching 15 new models in 2021. And if things go as per plan, the EQA might be a distinct possibility, too.
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