Compact electric EQA crossover debuts next year as Mercedes looks to strengthen its EV lineup
Mercedes has confirmed the fully electric EQA will be officially revealed next year. The model will be based on the GLA crossover, with Mercedes CEO Ola Kallenius describing it as a “love child”.
The electric crossover, which will compete against other upcoming EVs such as the VW ID.4 and Audi Q4 e-tron, was teased in an official image flashed up during a press conference. It confirmed speculation that the EQA would in fact be based on the GLA rather than the smaller A-Class hatchback.
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Prototypes of the EQA have also been spotted undergoing cold weather testing. It’s clear the upcoming model shares its overall profile and shape with the regular GLA, although the test mule can be seen wearing a blanked off radiator grille and more rounded front and rear bumpers.
Mercedes Concept EQA
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The German brand initially previewed the model back at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show with the Concept EQA. A compact three-door, measuring 4,285mm in length and 1,180mm in width, it was slightly shorter but wider than the current A-Class.
We now know that the production version of the EQA will morph into a crossover, rather than following the concept’s hatchback form. However, much of the show car’s styling is expected to make it through to the large five-door production crossover.
The concept featured an intricate headlight design that’s meant to represent the wound copper of an electric motor, and a ‘virtual front grille’ that can change its display depending on which of its modes the car is running in.
It also previewed a technical setup that’s likely to be closely matched by the production model. It uses a pair of electric motors – one at each axle, delivering four-wheel drive.
The total system output can vary depending on how big a battery is installed (and thus effect the price and spec of the EQA in question) but Mercedes says the most powerful version available will have more than 268bhp. There’s more than 500Nm on tap, too, giving the car a 0-62mph time of about five seconds. Depending on the battery configuration, Merc claims a figure of around 250 miles.
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The concept car also had two operating modes – Sport and Sport plus – which alter the front/rear torque distribution. In Sport mode the front grille shows a horizontal ‘wing’, while Sport Plus switches the display to vertical struts, in the same style as AMG’s Panamericana radiators.
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