That is the brand new Mercedes EQA. It’s the primary compact premium electrical crossover in the marketplace – rivals from Audi and BMW are nonetheless years away from manufacturing – so Mercedes hopes it would steal a march on its rivals by diving into the section first.
The Mercedes EQA will go on sale within the UK in February and, though UK costs are but to be finalised, the model has confirmed that it’ll have a beginning worth of €47,540.50 in Europe. That works out at round £42,000 within the UK – or £8,000 costlier than the equal combustion engined BMW X2, earlier than any authorities incentives have been utilized.
From launch, Mercedes will solely provide a single powertrain and battery mixture, dubbed the EQA 250. The system includes a 66.5kWh battery pack and a single electrical motor mounted on the entrance axle, for a mixed output of 188bhp and 375Nm of torque.
Mercedes says the EQA 250 can have a 0–62mph time of 8.9 seconds and a high velocity of 99mph. The entry-level mannequin may even have a most vary of 302 miles – though it’s value taking into consideration that the determine was homologated beneath the outmoded NEDC regime.
Nevertheless, these craving somewhat extra efficiency should not fear, as Mercedes will quickly broaden the EQA’s line-up with a twin-motor, all-wheel drive variant. Ultimate efficiency figures are but to be confirmed, however the firm has mentioned it’ll generate “greater than 200kW” (268bhp). The system may even have 500Nm of torque, providing a 0–62mph time of round 5 seconds.
Mercedes may even introduce a barely extra environment friendly mannequin, with a most vary of 310 miles. Not like different producers, although, the improved driving vary is achieved with a handful of effectivity tweaks slightly than becoming an even bigger battery. As such, cost instances are unlikely to vary from the usual automobile, taking half-hour to achieve 80 per cent capability utilizing a 100kW fast-charging station.
New Mercedes EQA: design and platform
As a consequence of its dimension, the EQA is predicated on a modified model of the platform at the moment utilized by the A-Class and GLA crossover. Regardless of its roots as a platform for combustion-engined automobiles, Mercedes has tailored the chassis to create space for an electrical motor and a battery pack beneath the automobile’s ground.
The GLA’s platform was additionally extensively strengthened to help the added weight of the battery pack. The agency’s engineers added new cross members beneath the ground and a guard for the entrance of the battery pack to forestall it from being punctured within the occasion of an accident.
In an effort to squeeze the utmost doable quantity of vary out of the automobile’s battery pack, Mercedes’s engineers paid specific consideration to the EQA’s form when it was on the drafting board. The sharper traces of the GLA and A-Class have been softened and the crossover’s frontal space has been made as easy as doable, in an effort to make the EQA minimize by the air cleanly. The underside of the automobile can be fully enclosed by an undertray, leading to a drag coefficient of simply 0.28Cd.
This design theme will proceed over a spread of future EQ fashions, together with the upcoming seven-seat EQB SUV and the EQS saloon. Mercedes’s design chief, Gordon Wagner, commented: “The EQ model clearly wants a purpose-made language. We confirmed that with the EQS idea automobile.
“That exhibits our language and, on the subject of EQA and EQB, after all, they may share that language and they’ll share a household resemblance inside EQ. They may carry the EQ type identification with an analogous face and integration of the grille and headlights now we have proven on many automobiles already.”
Futuristic appears to be like and intelligent aerodynamics apart, although, there are nonetheless some noticeable hyperlinks to the remainder of the model’s manufacturing automobiles. Just like the EQC, it contains a pair of slimline LED headlamps and a equally formed blanked off radiator grille. Patrons additionally get a well-known set of five-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels as customary.
New Mercedes EQA: trim and gear
UK specs for the EQA are but to be confirmed. Nevertheless, Mercedes has launched the crossover’s European trim-levels, a few of which is able to make their method onto the UK market.
The German market EQA vary is separated into three trim-levels – Progressive, Electrical Artwork and AMG Line. Normal gear for the bottom mannequin contains faux-leather upholstery, electrically adjustable seats, a leather-based sports activities steering wheel, a 64-colour ambient lighting system and an electrically operated tailgate.
Mercedes’s mid-range Electrical Artwork will get back-lit trim for the dashboard, rose gold piping for the seats and a nappa leather-based sports activities steering wheel. The automobile’s treadplates are additionally illuminated with “EQA” lettering and the usual 18-inch alloys are swapped for a set of two-tone ten-spoke models. Whether or not this variant will attain the UK is but to be introduced.
Nevertheless, Mercedes’s standard AMG Line specification is all however sure to go on sale within the UK. Upgrades over the usual automobile will embody a redesigned radiator grille, an AMG-specific diffuser and a novel set of 18-inch, ten-spoke alloy wheels – whereas adaptive dampers might be specced as an choice. Inside, patrons also needs to get AMG-branded ground mats, stainless-steel pedals and a pair of determine hugging sports activities seats.
Mercedes’s newest MBUX infotainment system can be a typical fixture throughout the EQA line-up. The bottom-model ought to include two seven-inch screens, whereas extra generously geared up variants will characteristic a pair of 10.25-inch screens – and each programs will present smartphone connectivity and built-in sat-nav.
As you’d count on from a Mercedes, the EQA has a variety of driver help know-how, with lively lane-keeping help and lively braking help fitted as customary. Mercedes additionally presents an non-compulsory Driving Help Package deal, which provides lively steering help, lively blind spot help and lively velocity restrict help system, which may mechanically alter the automobile’s cruising velocity relying on the velocity restrict.
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