Mercedes-Benz's EQ family of electric vehicles just got bigger. After launching the EQC in 2019 followed by the EQV last year, the German marque has now introduced what could be the smallest member of the family – the 2021 EQA. The new battery-powered crossover will serve as the brand's entry-level model to the Mercedes EQ vehicle.
If the EQV is based on the V-Class, the new EQA is an electric version of the GLA crossover. For the time being, the EV crossover is available with only one variant – the EQA 250. It uses a single-motor electric powertrain good for 190 horsepower (140 kW) and 350 Nm torque. The electric crossover also packs a 66.5-kWh lithium-ion battery, allowing it to travel up to 486 km on a single charge based on NEDC standard. Mercedes adds that the EQA has a combined electric consumption of 15.7 kWh per 100 km.
For those that feel that the 190 horsepower and 486 km range of the EQA 250 isn't enough, don't worry. Mercedes promises that more variants will follow, including a more powerful twin electric motor version and a variant with over 500 km of range.
Onto its styling, the EQA shares similar proportions and shape to its combustion-powered GLA sibling. Of course, there are still EQ-specific styling details including a closed-off black grille panel. It also features a unique set of headlights to pair with a revised front bumper with closed-off intake vents. At the rear, the EQA features a one-piece LED taillight that runs the length of the rear. 18-inch wheels come standard, but the 20-inch units shown here are the obvious choice.
Similar to the exterior, the cabin of the EQA looks nearly identical to the GLA. One of the main differences between the two would be the ‘Electric Intelligence’ system that is now incorporated into the navigation system. The other is an EQA specific instrument cluster that shows EV-related parameters.
What's interesting about the EQA is that it will be the first member of the EQ family to be built outside of Europe. Apart from the Old Continent, Mercedes will be producing the small EV in China as well. Production is expected to begin later this year.
With the EQA launched, which other EQ vehicle are you excited for? Also, do you think Mercedes-Benz Philippines should bring this EV crossover into the country? Let us know your opinions in the comments.