At the press conference on the occasion of the launch of the new Mercedes-Benz GLA, Mercedes-Benz officials announced that there will be no smaller EQ model than the Mercedes-Benz EQA.
Since the launch of the Mercedes-Benz EQC there has been confusion about the name of the model. For many of us, the EQC designated an electric C-Class, but in reality it was an electric GLC.
The same goes for the Mercedes-Benz EQA and EQB. They designate the electric versions of the GLA and GLB SUVs and not the electric versions of the compact A-Class and the B-Class van.
On the occasion of the launch of the second generation Mercedes-Benz GLA, Mercedes-Benz officials announced that the electric SUV based on the Mercedes-Benz GLA which will be called the Mercedes-Benz EQA will be the smallest model in the Mercedes EQ range.
In other words, there will be no electric Mercedes A-Class in the near future.
There were rumors last year that Mercedes-Benz and BMW were thinking of a cooperation to build together an electric Mercedes-Benz A-Class and the successor to the BMW i3 but nothing official has materialized since then.
A possible cooperation between Mercedes-Benz and BMW would make sense because the current BMW i3 is very expensive and Mercedes-Benz does not have a compact electric model to be able to cope with VW’s aggressive pricing policy with the new VW ID.3 which wants to democratize the world of compact electric models.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA range will contain in addition to the Mercedes-Benz EQA electric model and a Mercedes-Benz GLA 250e Hybrid Plug-In model.
It will have the propulsion system from the Mercedes-Benz A 250 e which combines the 1.33-liter turbo petrol engine with 160 HP and 250 Nm with an electric motor of 102 HP and 300 Nm, the overall power being 218 hp and 450 Nm.
The 15.6 kWh battery promises an electric range of 69 km WLTP in the case of the A 250 e and for the first time in a Plug-In Hybrid model it can be charged very quickly and from DC power stations. The battery charges from a DC station from 10 to 80% in just 25 minutes.
The 150 kg battery is placed under the seat and in this way does not affect the volume of the trunk at all. Like the A 250 e, the GLA 250 e will have additional Electric and Battery Level modes (conserve battery power for later use).
Mercedes-Benz EQA and GLA 250 e will be presented this year.