Mercedes-Benz lifted the veil last week on an all-new compact crossover that will give the first salute of its ambitious electric program that will bring about eight electric models by 2022. The EQA, which sits between a Mazda CX-30 and a Mazda CX-5 in terms of its dimensions, will become the gateway to the EQ range, that of the electric crossovers / SUVs of the brand with the star. Mercedes-Benz Canada has told us that it is studying the possibility of offering it in our market.
PHOTO PROVIDED BY MERCEDES-BENZ Inside view of the EQA On the technical side of the thing, its European livery will first be introduced in a 188 hp (140 kW) front-wheel drive version. Its range, drawn from a 66.5 kWh battery, amounts to 486 km according to the European NEDC measurement protocol which is much more optimistic than ours. Mercedes-Benz will also later offer an all-wheel-drive livery with the two engines producing a total of 268 hp. The EQA is compatible with fast charging stations of up to 100 kW, which, according to Mercedes, can increase the charge from 10 to 80% in 30 minutes.
PHOTO PROVIDED BY MERCEDES-BENZ The EQA is essentially a GLA equipped with an electric motor. Essentially a GLA with an electric motor, this EQA stands out aesthetically with its redesigned and virtually sealed grille. This underlines the thermal management very different from an electric motor, which does not require as much cooling as a traditional thermal motor. The whole allows to keep the drag coefficient all the same competitive of the GLA, or 0.28 cx. Nothing revolutionary, after all, on paper, but if this EQA crosses the Atlantic with a rather competitive starting price, the appeal of the brand and its format could ensure good popularity.