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Electric compact crossover was originally expected later this year but now won't arrive until next spring

Mercedes-Benz has postponed the official unveiling and market launch of its all-new EQA until 2021.

The production version of the new electric crossover, previewed in lightly disguised prototype form during cold-weather testing last March, was originally planned to be revealed during the third quarter of 2020, with sales beginning before the end of the year.

However, a reorganisation of Mercedes' electric car production activities, ongoing battery cell supply difficulties and interruptions brought by the Covid-19 pandemic are said to have forced a launch delay of around six months for the new model.

Based heavily on the second-generation GLA crossover, the EQA will provide competition to the likes of the new Volkswagen ID 3.

Among the key organisation changes that have affected the launch plan is a switch in the production location for the upcoming EQB, according to Mercedes sources.

The third EQ model was originally slated to be assembled at the Smart Fortwo factory in Hambach, France. However, ongoing talks relating to a sale of the facility to Ineos and a subsequent decision to move EQB production to Rastatt, Germany, where the EQA is due to be built, are said to have delayed plans for the entry-level electric Mercedes.

No timeframe for the postponed unveiling and launch of the EQA has been set, although insiders suggest that UK deliveries now won't commence until the second half of 2021.

Two distinct variants of the EQA are planned, with standard single-motor front-wheel drive and optional dual-motor four-wheel drive.

The EQA is one of three new electric Mercedes now planned to go on sale in 2021, together with the EQB and EQS. A fourth model, the EQE, is set for sale in 2022.

Meanwhile, word out of Mercedes' AMG performance division suggests that a four-wheel-drive sporting variant of the EQA could be on the cards.

Nothing is official, but Autocar understands that AMG is preparing an EQA flagship model featuring an upgraded rear motor to provide it with performance consummate to the recently unveiled GLA 45 S.


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Saucerer 21 September 2020

Probably more a case of Mercedes playing catch up

If the EQC is anything to go by compared to its superior rivals on performance and range, such as the I-Pace and Model X, then Mercedes is probably already behind the game with the EQA against its rivals and is therefore needing to play catch up. So a delay will help Mercedes try and match its rivals rather than if be off the pace from day one.

SheldonCooper 22 September 2020


Development times for cars are way too long for that to be the case.
As it is when i tested both i found tbe eqc real world range was about the same as the jag
Andrew1 21 September 2020

I can imagine that

If it were JLR everyone will coroborate with their ongoing financial and Brexit issues. Being Mercedes, that doesn't apply. Have a nice day.
xxxx 21 September 2020


Mr V12smig