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Mercedes-Benz unveils EQA electric SUV with 265 miles of range and ~$46,000 price

Mercedes-Benz unveiled the production version of the EQA, a new electric SUV that is adding to the German automaker’s EQ electric lineup.

The first version of the EV offers 265 miles of range (WLTP) and starts at around $46,000 price.

Mercedes-Benz EQA design

Back in 2017, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the EQA concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show. It was a compact hatchback at the time.

Last year, Mercedes-Benz changed its strategy for the EQA and made the vehicle an electric crossover.

Now with the release of the production version today, the German automaker confirms that it is a small SUV/crossover comparable to the GLA in Mercedes-Benz’s lineup.

Here are the official dimensions:

  • Length: 4,463 mm (175.7 inches)
  • Width: 1,834 mm (72.2 inches)
  • Width incl. exterior mirrors: 2,020 mm (79.5 inches)
  • Height: 1,620 mm (63.8 inches)
  • Wheelbase: 2,729 mm (107.4 inches)

Mercedes-Benz commented on the design comparison with the GLA – calling the EQA an “all-electric sibling”:

As the all-electric sibling of the GLA, the EQA enjoys the same powerful overall proportions with short overhangs front and rear. The front section flows over the A-pillar into the visually compact greenhouse. The powerdomes hinted at in the bonnet, like the flush wheels, underscore the car’s self-confident stance. Further distinctive features include the powerful shoulders of the bodywork and the coupé-like lines of the side windows. The pronounced contours of the sides add a certain dynamic elegance and offer an interesting interplay of light and shadow.

Here are some pictures of the production version of the Mercedes-Benz EQA 250’s exterior:

And here are some pictures of the interior of the Mercedes-Benz EQA 250:

Mercedes-Benz EQA powertrain

For the first version of the EQA, Mercedes-Benz says that the vehicle is equipped with 66.5 kWh battery pack.

However, that’s the useable capacity. The pack is rated 190 Ah at 420-volt, which would mean a total capacity of 79 kWh – leaving a giant, almost 13 kWh buffer.

Mercedes-Benz claimed that the battery pack enables a range of 486 km (301 miles), but that’s based on the NEDC cycle, which is not really useful.

The WLTP range is 426 km (265 miles), which is much more achievable on 66.5 kWh of energy capacity.

The battery pack can be charged through a 11 kW level 2 on-board charger, or it can be DC fast-charged (CCS) up to 100 kW.

The EQA’s battery pack sends power to a 140 kW front-wheel drive motor that can accelerate 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.9 seconds.

Here are the specs of the Mercedes-Benz EQA 250’s powertrain:

EQA 250
Drive system layout Front
Electric motor, front axle                                 ModelAsynchronous motor
Rated outputkW140
Rated torqueNm375
Acceleration 0-100 km/hs8.9
Top speed[4]km/h160
Battery capacity, usable (NEDC)[5]kWh66.5
Combined fuel consumption (NEDC)2kWh/100 km15.7
NEDC range2km486
Charging time[6] at wallbox or at public charging stations (AC charging)h5:45
Charging time[7] at a rapid charging station (DC)min30

Mercedes-Benz says that it will launch future options, including all-wheel-drive and longer range versions, at a later date.

Interestingly, the company says that it will focus on efficiency rather than bigger battery packs in order to deliver more range.

Mercedes-Benz EQA trims, price, and availability

The first version of the EQA, the Mercedes-Benz EQA 250, is available in three different trims: the base version called “Progressive”, Electric Art, and a AMG Line.

Here are the differences between the three trims:

 Base model (Progressive)Electric ArtAMG Line
GrilleBlack panel radiator grilleBlack panel radiator grilleAMG-specific black panel radiator grille with glossy black surround and twin louvre in chrome
Front apron  with integrated air curtains and chrome trim[1]
DoorsWith chrome trimWith chrome trimWith chrome trim
Rear apron  AMG-specific, with diffuser look and chrome trim
Roof railsPolished aluminiumPolished aluminiumPolished aluminium
Light-alloy wheels in 3 special designsAs standard: 18-inch, five-spoke design, bi-colorAs standard: AMG, 18-inch, five-twin-spoke design, bi-colorAs standard: 18-inch, alternative five-twin-spoke design, bi-color
SeatsLuxury seats incl. Seat Comfort Package[2]Luxury seats incl. Seat Comfort Package1Sports seats incl. Seat Comfort Package1
UpholsteryARTICO/fabric in black or macchiato beige[3]ARTICO/fabric in rose gold/titanium grey[4], rose gold-colored pipingBlack ARTICO/DINAMICA[5] with red decorative topstitching
TrimStandard: spiral look
Options: back-lit spiral look, aluminium with light longitudinal grain, open-pore brown linestructure walnut wood, open-pore black lime wood
Standard: back-lit spiral look
Option: open-pore black lime wood
Standard: back-lit spiral look
Options: aluminium with light longitudinal grain, open-pore black lime wood
Sports steering wheel with Touch Control buttonsIn leather, paddles for recuperation in blackIn nappa leather, with flattened bottom section, reinforced grip area, silver-coloured recuperation paddlesIn nappa leather, with flattened bottom section, reinforced grip area, silver-coloured recuperation paddles
Door sillNot illuminatedIlluminated with EQA letteringIlluminated with EQA lettering
Floor matsStandardStandardVelour mats with AMG logo
Pedalsblackblackpolished stainless steel

With the unveiling today, Mercedes-Benz only released the price in Germany, where the EQA is going to start at 47,540.50 euros.

When removing VAT and converting to USD, that’s about $46,000.

The Mercedes-Benz EQA is expected to start deliveries later this year.

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