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GLA-based EV makes its debut in EQA 250 form, with future variants promising up to 311 miles of range and AMG performance tuning
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5 February 2021

The new Mercedes-Benz EQA is the German brand's first fully electric compact model and is said to provide an "excellent compromise between performance, costs and time to market".

It is now on sale in EQA 250 form, with prices starting from £40,495 (including government grant) for the Sport model and £41,995 for AMG Line trim. The former comes as standard with cruise control, a reversing camera, adaptive high-beam assist, a multifunction sports steering wheel and a raft of driver aids as standard, while AMG Line brings bespoke styling elements, 20in alloy wheels, artificial leather sports seats and aluminium interior trim. 

For an extra £3000, the EQA 250 AMG Line can be upgraded with the Premium package, which adds bespoke twin-spoke alloy wheels, an electric panoramic glass sunroof, an 'augmented reality' navigation system, an upgraded sound system and wireless phone charging pad. 

The brand's entry-level EV is one of six EQ models to be launched by 2022, including a seven-seat EQB sitting directly above the EQA. 

Mercedes-Benz EQA: unique exterior design and cabin

Using the latest GLA crossover as its base, the EQA (which Autocar recently drove in disguised prototype form) features a number of unique styling details to mark it out from its conventionally powered sibling. These include the now signature 'black panel' EQ radiator grille, plus unbroken lighting strips at the front and rear. 

The front has the standard full-LED headlights connected via a fibre optic strip across the front fascia. At the rear, a completely different tailgate design from the GLA, which moves the numberplate  down to the bumper, enables the tail-lights to merge as a single-piece light bar. Mercedes claims these features ensure a "high level of recognisability both in daylight and at night".

Distinctive wheel designs not offered on 'standard' Mercedes models are also available at up to 20in in size. These are bi-colour or tri-colour designs, with some featuring rose-gold-coloured or blue detailing. A competitive drag coefficient of 0.28 boosts aerodynamics and therefore range. 

Changes made to the interior of the GLA to create the EQA are less extensive than those on the outside. Fundamentally, the basic layout is unchanged, but there is now rose-gold-coloured trim inserts on the vents, seats and key, plus additional trim backlighting. A fully loaded Edition 1 spec brings special leather with blue fabric perforations, too.

As usual, the digital instrument cluster is redesigned for EV-specific display functions, and also features rose gold and blue highlights. Mercedes claims the EQA offers the desired high driving position of an SUV combined with a focus on versatility, with the GLA's 40:20:40 split folding rear seats retained.

Mercedes-Benz EQA: technology

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Unique tech features also mark out the EQA from its GLA sibling. A "sophisticated thermal management system" features a heat pump that reuses waste heat from the electric drivetrain, while climate pre-conditioning functions are controlled via the MBUX infotainment system or the multi-function Mercedes Me app. 

There is also a standard 'navigation with electric intelligence' function. As well as calculating the fastest route, it uses range simulations to allow for necessary charging stops and accounts for changes in topography, weather, traffic and driving style. It can even pre-heat or cool the battery while driving to bring it to the ideal temperature for rapid charging. 

The Mercedes Me Charging network, available to all EQ customers, comprises 450,000 charging points across 31 countries. 

Standard safety tech includes Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Brake Assist, while the enhanced Driving Assistance Package brings a number of further active alert functions and assist features, including a warning that detects when pedestrians are near a zebra crossing. 

Additional standard kit on the EQA 250 launch model includes adaptive high beam, an electric bootlid, 18in alloy wheels, 64-colour ambient lighting, a reversing camera and four-way adjustable lumbar support on 'luxury' seats. AMG Line, Electric Art and Night Package personalisation packages are also offered. 

Mercedes-Benz EQA: drivetrain and platform

The EQA continues Mercedes' current strategy of offering EVs based around the platform of an existing combustion-engined model as opposed to creating a bespoke architecture. 

As such, much of the EQA's platform is shared with the GLA, albeit with several adaptations including the removal of underfloor cross members to allow the underfloor battery to form a structural component. It's protected from damage by the car's existing structure, as well as an aluminium housing. 

The EV is launched initially in 250 form before further derivatives - including a dual-motor, four-wheel-drive AMG performance variant - are brought in after the first year of sale. Mercedes claims power outputs of up to 268bhp will be offered, although that's understood to not include the AMG derivative.

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Producing 188bhp and 277lb ft from its front-mounted asynchronous motor, the front-wheel-drive EQA 250 is capable of 0-62mph in 8.9sec and a top speed limited to just under 100mph. 

The battery capacity is 66.5kWh (usable), with a WLTP range of 265 miles promised (a longer-range variant with a claimed 311-mile range will arrive later). A maximum DC charging rate of 100kW is quoted, allowing for an 80% charge in around 30 minutes. An 11kW AC charge can take it from empty to full in just under six hours. 

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Paul Dalgarno 7 February 2021

Overpriced, underwhelming, a bit ugly, not a ground up BEV, restricted charge rate, etc. Who signed this off at MB? It's half baked. 

Peter Cavellini 6 February 2021

But,what are you buying it for?, are you buying it for what it does, because it's the green thing to do, or, is it, to be seen in the latest EV car?, it doesn't matter, if your looking at this price band, you obviously can afford to.

lambo58 20 January 2021

The electric onslught continues- excellent news

 

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