Mercedes-Benz EQA 2021: All-new electric crossover revealed
Say hello to the all-new Mercedes-Benz EQA – the brand’s first all-electric compact crossover.
Sitting below the larger EQC SUV, it is set to arrive in a few months and cost from £39,000 (including plug-in car grant). Here’s what you need to know.
Mercedes EQA styling
On the outside, this compact electric crossover carries over much of the styling we’ve seen on the EQC. That means there’s an ‘EQ’ grille up front, lighting strips that run along the front and rear of the car, with the front benefiting from LED headlights too.
To the side, the silhouette resembles the GLA model, although there are a number of different trim pieces and blue detailing that set it apart from combustion-powered models. Customisable alloy wheels of up to 20in are available, with two-tone and three-tone designs on offer.
Mercedes EQA interior
The interior of the EQA is centred around Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system. All models get a thermal management system that’s designed to pre-condition the battery pack remotely.
The infotainment system also comes with a satnav that gets an electric intelligence function. This means it can calculate the fastest route, taking into account available chargers for charging stops as well as variables such as traffic, weather and driving style.
As for the rest of the EQA’s interior, well it’s surprisingly similar to the GLA. That’s to say very plush, with ambient lighting, exquisite air vents featuring. Controls are touch-sensitive, while Mercedes’ “Hey Mercedes!” voice command control is standard too.
Other equipment includes a reversing camera, four-way adjustable luxury seats, active lane keeping assist and active brake assist. Other options can be added by choosing one of the numerous personalisation packages: AMG Line, Electric Art and Night Package. A driver assistance pack also adds more safety features such as pedestrian warning.
Mercedes EQA drivetrain
The EQA uses the same platform as the GLA, but under the floor you’ll find a battery pack and front-mounted electric motor. From launch, the EQA will be available in 250 guise. This gives the car a 0-62mph time of under 9 seconds and a (limited) top speed of 99mph.
The 66.5kWh battery pack offers around 265 miles of range between charging, while a maximum DC charging rate of 100kW is available. That means using a fast charger, you can add 80% charge in less than half an hour.
Expect more versions to come down the line, including an all-wheel drive model that’s likely to include the AMG moniker. EQA drivers will be able to take advantage of Mercedes’ Me charging network, which has around 450,000 charge points across dozens of countries.
Mercedes EQA release date
The EQA will arrive in the UK in the spring months, with order books set to open soon. We’ll bring you the best leasing deals when they become available.
It will be the second car in the EQ range, which is set to expand dramatically by 2022.