Mercedes-Benz EQA 2020 was surprised by colleagues at CarPix without some of the camouflage hiding its silhouette so far. The compact electric SUV should debut this year and be available for sale in 2021.
It is already known that the Mercedes-Benz EQA will be a compact full electric SUV and not a hatchback as was the EQA concept presented in the fall of 2017 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. An SUV is better suited to electric propulsion due to the higher floor which allows the battery to be mounted under the floor between the axles.
Secondly, an SUV has more chances in the market than a hatch due to the high demand for SUVs.
So, practically, the Mercedes-Benz EQA will be an electric GLA based on Mercedes’ new modular electric platform. The naming logic is identical to that of the EQC which is a mid-class SUV and not an electric C-Class.
The Mercedes-Benz EQA will be produced at the Mercedes plant in Hambach, where it was manufactured since 1998 smart, whose production will move to China, following the partnership with Geely.
Mercedes-Benz EQA will not theoretically have any competitors but will inevitably enter a territory in which Nissan Leaf or the new VW ID.3 compete.
As in case of EQC, we expect a black radiator grille, without cooling with LED strip lighting in the upper area of the grille between the headlights. According to the new design trends, the rear will feature a light strip which will join the rear lamps just like at the EQC.
Mercedes-Benz has not yet released any official details on EQA’s propulsion. The 2017 concept from Frankfurt had two electric motors, one on each axle that totaled 272 hp and 500 Nm. The range provided by the 60 kWh battery produced at Mercedes’ Deutsche Accumotive subsidiary ensures a 400 km WLTP range.
The battery can be charged at the outlet or by induction. At DC fast stations, the battery can be charged within 10 minutes to achieve a range of 100 km. Most likely, the series car will have a battery with comparable capacity.
In addition to EQA, Mercedes-Benz is also preparing a compact electric SUV, EQB, which will be the electric version of GLB. With Mercedes-Benz EQA and EQB, the number of Mercedes-Benz electric versions will rise to five after the already available EQC and the future EQV and EQS.