After commencing deliveries of the Mercedes EQA in March 2021, Daimler released two new variants of the entry-level electric SUV for customers in Europe. These are the EQA 300 4MATIC and EQA 350 4MATIC, priced from EUR 53,538.10 (USD 60,680) and EUR 56,215.60 (USD 63,715), respectively in Germany.
However, this is not the end of the variant walk of the EQA, as at least two more members are in the pipeline.
Here are eight things you need to know about the Mercedes EQA electric SUV that costs EUR 47,540.50 (USD 53,883) onwards in Germany:
An ICE model ‘conversion’
Technically the Mercedes EQA is a GLA retrofitted into an EV, not a brand new EV developed from scratch, like the Mercedes EQS. When Daimler converted the Mercedes GLC into the EQC in 2019, it included visibly different bodywork that resulted in a sportier appearance. In the Mercedes EQA, the design isn’t different from the GLA that saves 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. There’s a black panel faux radiator grille with a horizontal fiber-optic strip bordering it at the top in what’s becoming a signature feature of Mercedes EQ BEVs. 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.
Feature-loaded across the range
Daimler says that even the base EQA is generously equipped, equivalent to the 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 1,057). 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 569). 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
Mercedes EQA Edition 1
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 9,657) extra that combines elements of the Night Package with AMG body styling. 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.
There are three different packages available for adding only comfort, convenience, and safety features: Advanced Package, Advanced Plus Package, and Premium Package. The Advanced Package costs EUR 2,570.40 (USD 2,913), but it is included in the Edition 1 model. The Advanced Plus Package and the Premium Package cost EUR 3,677.10 (USD 4,168) and EUR 5,557.30 (USD 6,299), respectively, in conjunction with the Edition 1 model.
272 miles of travel range
Daimler offered the Mercedes EQA in the ‘250’ front-wheel drive variant during the launch in January 2021. On May 5, 2021, Daimler released two additional variants: EQA 300 4MATIC and EQA 350 4MATIC. The EQA 300 4MATIC uses two motors tuned to generate 168 kW (225 hp), and the EQA 350 4MATIC also employs two motors, but with a higher power tuning of 215 kW (288 hp). Both the 4MATIC variants have a permanent-magnet synchronous motor at the rear axle to complement the asynchronous motor that drives the front wheels.
While the EQA 250’s towing capacity is 750 kg (1,653 lbs), the EQA 300 4MATIC and EQA 350 4MATIC are capable of towing up to 1,800 kg (3,968 lbs).
|Aspect||Mercedes EQA 250 Specification||Mercedes EQA 300 4MATIC Specification||Mercedes EQA 350 4MATIC Specification|
|Drivetrain Layout||Front-wheel drive||All-wheel drive||All-wheel drive|
|Motor Power||140 kW (188 HP)||168 kW (225 hp)||215 kW (288 hp)|
|Motor Torque||375 Nm (277 Lb.-Ft.)||390 Nm (288 Lb.-Ft.)||520 Nm (384 Lb.-Ft.)|
|Acceleration (0-100 km/h/0-62 mph)||8.9 seconds||7.7 seconds||6.0 seconds|
|Top Speed||160 km/h (99 mph)||160 km/h (99 mph)||160 km/h (99 mph)|
|Battery Pack Type||Lithium-ion||Lithium-ion||Lithium-ion|
|Battery Pack Capacity (Net/Usable)||66.5 kWh||66.5 kWh||66.5 kWh|
|Charging Peak Power (AC/DC)||11 kW/100 kW||11 kW/100 kW||11 kW/100 kW|
|AC Charging Time at Wallbox/Public Charging Station (10-100% SoC)||5 hours 45 minutes||5 hours 45 minutes||5 hours 45 minutes|
|DC Charging Time (10-80% SoC)||30 minutes||30 minutes||30 minutes|
|WLTP Energy Consumption (Combined)||17.6 kWh/100 km||17.4 kWh/100 km||17.4 kWh/100 km|
|WLTP Range||429 km (267 miles)||438 km (272 miles)||438 km (272 miles)|
Mercedes EQA 250+ variant (311+ miles) to follow
Without providing details, Daimler confirmed in January 2021 that the EQA long-range variant (a “special version”) will follow in due course with 500+ km (311+ miles), addressing the section of the market where the range is of particular importance. According to a JESMB report, it will be the Mercedes EQA 250+ with a 70.5 kWh battery pack.
Bumping up the battery pack’s net energy content by just about 4 kWh won’t provide the significantly longer range of 500+ km (311+ miles). So, instead of an asynchronous electric motor, the EQA 250+ will have a more efficient permanent magnet synchronous motor at the front axle, the report adds.
A new JESMB report says that switching from an ASM to a PSM can lower energy consumption by up to 1.8 kWh, leading to an increase in the range of around 56 km (35 miles). The increase in the size of the battery pack could add 29 km (18 miles) more to the range. If the designers are able to reduce the drag coefficient from 0.28 Cd to 0.27 Cd somehow, that could add 9 km (6 miles) more to the range. This way, compared to the EQA 250’s 429 km (267 miles), the EQA 250+ could deliver a range of 523 km (325 miles).
Production of the Mercedes EQA 250+ will reportedly commence in December 2021. Expect sales in Europe to start in early 2022.
Shines in the range test
The actual electric range is often less than stated, but the opposite is true in the Mercedes EQA’s case. The Mercedes EQA 250 travels farther than its official (WLTP) figure in the right conditions. The Norwegian Automobile Association (Norges Automobil-Forbund or NAF) conducted a range test of the entry-level variant in the Progressive Plus trim with 18-inch wheels and 235/55 R18 tires.
NAF released the test results on May 11, 2021. The tested unit’s WLTP range and energy consumption ratings were 417 km (259 miles) and 18.1 kWh/100 km (29.1 kWh/100 miles), respectively.
Under optimal conditions with an outside temperature of 20-25 degrees and normal winds, NAF could drive the EQA 250 Progressive Plus at a lower energy consumption of 15 kWh/100 km (24.1 kWh/100 miles). It drove a total of 451 km (280 miles) on a full charge, 34 km (21 miles) more than the official range of the test unit’s configuration. The charging level reached 10% when the distance covered during the test drive was 401 km (249 miles).
Tesla-style manufacturing strategy
China will prove as 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.
Will the Mercedes EQA arrive in the U.S.?
Mercedes pushed the launch of the EQC in the United States out to mid-decade (it will launch the second generation EQC), but the good news is that, officially, a Mercedes EQA U.S. release is not out of question. According to a report from greencarreports.com that came out in March 2021, Mercedes-Benz USA has said that the car is “still being considered for the U.S. at this time.”
While talking about the charging method used for the EQA in various markets in January, Mercedes-Benz said in its literature that it equips the smallest Mercedes EQ model with a CCS connector “as standard in Europe and the US,” confirming that the EQA is intended for sales 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 American subsidiary said that the regional launch would ensue in 2021, which is now canceled, as confirmed by a spokesperson to Autoblog.com in February 2021.
A report MotorTrend filed in October 2021 talks about various upcoming Mercedes-Benz EV models, based on an interaction with Heiko Schmidt, EQ brand manager, Mercedes-Benz USA. The report doesn’t mention Schmidt talking about the EQA specifically, but claims that there’s no plan for a U.S. launch.
Mercedes-AMG EQA variant incoming
The 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 EQA could have multiple Mercedes-AMG variants like its ICE donor model, the GLA, and preliminary model details should become available in 2022.
Mercedes EQA FAQs
What is the Mercedes EQA range?
While it currently stands at 272 miles, the maximum range would be 311+ miles (WLTP) from the forthcoming EQA long-range variant.
When will Mercedes launch the EQA in the U.S.?
Reports say that there’s no plan to launch the EQA in the U.S. The larger EQB is confirmed for its 2022 American launch.
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