Wednesday, March 3, 2021
News Mercedes-Benz EQA Adds Electric Power to Compact Luxury Class

Mercedes-Benz EQA Adds Electric Power to Compact Luxury Class

Electrified sibling to GLA

  • EQA 250 offers single motor, near 500 km range
  • Launches as front-drive, AWD and longer ranges coming

Mercedes-Benz has just launched the first compact crossover in the EQ family. The EQA arrives shortly starting with a front-drive model with a 486 km range on the NEDC test, though it’s not yet clear if the model will be coming to Canada and the US.

As the latest in the Mercedes-Benz EQ lineup, it’s named much like the automaker’s gas models. EQA means it’s a compact, and it will launch with EQA 250 badging referring to its 187 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque that put it quite close to the gas-powered (and similarly shaped and sized) GLA 250. Benz says there will be a whole family of EQAs coming, including versions with as much as 268 hp and with all-wheel drive. A version is also planned that can top 500 km on the WLTP cycle, compared with 426 for this model. That 426 km and the 486 km above aren’t mistakes, Mercedes-Benz is quoting the two different range test cycles in their release, and US and Canadian range figures would be much lower for the same model.

The Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 gets a 66.5 kWh battery, based on usable capacity. The front-mounted motor lets it hit 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds and a top speed of 160 km/h. If that acceleration figure seems a touch slow for the motor performance, blame that on vehicle weight, which tips the scale more like an S-Class than an A.

Outside, the EQA has similar styling to the rest of the current Mercedes crossover lineup, sleek, stylish, and modern. As an EQ, it adds a black panel faux-grille with a continuous light strip front and rear with fiber optic accents connecting the DRLs.

Inside it is much like the GLA, and given that model’s excellent interior and interfaces, that’s a compliment. MBUX is standard offering many configuration options and being displayed on either two 7.0-inch displays of the twin 10.25s in the photos. On high-spec cars, the dash trim is backlit for an even more futuristic look.

Available driver aids include radar cruise with emergency braking, active steer and stop, and blind spot assistance that can spot cyclists. Adaptive damping will be offered. The EQA will hit dealers in Germany starting this spring from 47,540 euros (tax in). That translates to around $73,000 Canadian, and while the price seems high, it’s only around 5,000 euros more than a GLA 250. Do the math against the Canadian spec GLA, and we’d expect a price somewhere around $50k if it’s brought here.

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