The plan to launch the Mercedes EQC in the United States in 2021 is canceled, but the good news is that a Mercedes EQA US release is planned. It is now a matter of when.
While talking about the charging method used for the EQA in various markets, Mercedes-Benz says in its literature that it equips the youngest Mercedes EQ model with a CCS connector “as standard in Europe and the US,” indirectly confirming that a launch is planned stateside.
The local subsidiary would want to avoid a situation like with the EQC, where the launch schedule changes drastically after the announcement. The day Mercedes-Benz unveiled the EQC (September 4, 2018), its US subsidiary said that the regional launch would ensue in 2021, which is now cancelled, as confirmed by a spokesperson to Autoblog.com this month.
Here are six things you need to know about the Mercedes EQA electric SUV that costs EUR 47,540.50 (USD 57,637.15) onwards in Germany:
1. Cost-effective ICE conversion
Technically the Mercedes EQA is a GLA retrofitted into an EV. When Daimler converted the Mercedes GLC into the Mercedes EQC, it brought visibly different bodywork that resulted in a sportier appearance. In the case of the Mercedes EQA, the design isn’t different from the GLA to save on time, development and production costs.
The Mercedes EQA has the most changes at the front. Since there is less need for cooling, the upper part of the air intake is blanked off. In what’s becoming a signature feature of Mercedes EQ BEVs, there’s a black panel faux radiator grille with a horizontal fiber-optic strip bordering it at the top. Headlamps have a flatter shape and contain blue highlights and the lower section has adjustable radiator shutters.
The profile is virtually the same if you don’t count the exclusive wheel designs. At the rear, the LED tail lamps have been given a squinted look inner-ward to merge seamlessly into the tapered LED light strip that is not available on the Mercedes GLA. Also, the license plate is on the bumper instead of the tailgate to offer a matching look on the posterior.
The interior design is no different from the donor if you don’t count the blue highlights, blue fabric, and minor thematic touches to indicate the ‘electric’ character.
2. Feature-loaded across the range
Daimler says that even the base Mercedes EQA is generously equipped, being equivalent to the Mercedes GLA Progressive line. As standard, it packs LED headlamps with Adaptive Highbeam Assist, 18-inch alloy wheels, power tailgate, 64-colour ambient lighting, parking camera, two 7-inch displays, leather steering wheel, and MBUX infotainment system with navigation.
More features like 20-inch bi-color/tri-color wheels, two 10.25-inch displays, nappa leather, flat-bottom steering wheel, sports seats, door sills, etc. are available in pricier configurations and/or with optional packages.
As an option, customers can get the Mercedes EQA in an Electric Art package that costs an additional EUR 940.10 (USD 1,132.73). This variant brings sophisticated rose gold highlights on the air vents and in the upholstery. The trim element is back-lit. Also, the 18-inch alloy wheels of the Electric Art variant come in a special design.
The regular Mercedes EQA can be given a typical black treatment with a Night Package costing EUR 505.75 (USD 609.38). It includes the following:
- Front and rear aprons and side panels with inlays in high-gloss black
- ORVM housings in high-gloss black, with Cosmos Black paintwork
- Beltline trim strip and window line trim strip in high-gloss black
- Black roof rails
- Dark-tinted glass from the B-pillar
- Decorative trim on the B-pillar in black
- 18-inch alloy wheels in 5-twin-spoke design, black paint, and high-sheen finish
For customers who can shell out plenty more, there’s an Edition 1 model available for one year from the launch, costing EUR 8,520.40 (USD 10,266.26) extra that combines elements of the Night Package with AMG bodystyling. The 18-inch wheels are swapped with the biggest, 20-inch alloy wheels. Inside, it includes leather seats with a complex pattern of perforations that allows getting a peek at a Pure Blue fabric, blue decorative topstitching in the seats and doors, and a back-lit trim panel.
For adding only comfort, convenience, and safety features, there are three different packages available: Advanced Package, Advanced Plus Package, and Premium Package. The Advanced Package costs EUR 2,570.40 (USD 3,097.09), but it is included in the Edition 1 model. The Advanced Plus Package and the Premium Package cost EUR 3,677.10 (USD 4,430.55) and EUR 5,557.30 (USD 6,696.01), respectively, in conjunction with the Edition 1 model.
3. More than 311 miles of travel range
Daimler is offering the Mercedes EQA in a ‘250’ front-wheel drive variant at launch. The Mercedes EQA 250 returns a range of 426 km (265 miles) in the WLTP test cycle. Another variant capable of going more than 500 km (311 miles) on a full charge will follow, which would be in contention for the United States. In due course, the Mercedes EQA range will include one or more all-wheel drive configurations, with two motors generating 200 kW (268 hp) or more. Check out the Mercedes EQA 250 specs in the table below:
|Aspect||Mercedes EQA 250 Specification|
|Length||4,463 mm (175.7″)|
|Width||1,834 mm (72.2″)|
|Height||1,620 mm (63.8″)|
|Wheelbase||2,729 mm (107.4″)|
|Cargo Capacity||46.6 cu ft|
|Drivetrain Layout||Front-wheel drive|
|Motor Power||140 kW (188 HP)|
|Motor Torque||375 Nm (277 Lb.-Ft.)|
|Battery Pack Type||Lithium-ion|
|Battery Pack Capacity (Net/Usable)||66.5 kWh|
|Charging Peak Power (AC/DC)||11 kW/100 kW|
|AC Charging Time at Wallbox/Public Charging Station (10-100% SoC)||5 hours 45 minutes|
|DC Charging Time (10-80% SoC)||30 minutes|
|WLTP Energy Consumption||17.7 kWh/100 km (28.5 kWh/100 miles)|
|WLTP Range||426 km (265 miles)|
4. Tesla-style manufacturing strategy
China will prove to be a big market for the Mercedes EQA. So, the way Tesla is offering a locally manufactured Model Y at an attractive price in that region, the Mercedes EQA will be built by the BBAC joint venture. However markets across the globe will source their EQA from the German facility.
5. Deliveries from spring
Mercedes EQA deliveries in Europe are scheduled to commence this spring. In the coming months, the Mercedes EQB would break cover, another EQ model seen as a candidate for the operations stateside.
6. Mercedes-AMG EQA incoming
A Mercedes-AMG EQA will follow the dual-motor EQA variant. Daimler has confirmed that the EQ EVs will have performance-focused Mercedes-AMG variants. “An electrical platform in the direction of AMG is coming,” Markus Schafer, the COO & R&D chief of Mercedes-Benz, told journalists after the Mercedes EQA’s debut, as per autocar.co.uk. “There will be performance variants of the EQA, B, S, E,” he added. The Mercedes EQA could have multiple Mercedes-AMG variants like its ICE donor model, the Mercedes GLA.