The Mercedes EQA is officially out, and it could arrive in India in the next couple of years. Set to go on sale in Europe this Spring, the Mercedes EQA is Daimler’s answer to the Tesla Model Y. In Germany, the Mercedes EQA prices start at EUR 47,540.50 (including 19 % VAT), which converts to approximately INR 42 lakh.
The Mercedes EQA is a pure electric variant of the Mk2 Mercedes GLA and the least differentiated EQ derivate in design. Mercedes is not doing heavy changes on the exterior or the interior of the vehicle. Soft changes are a way to shrink development time and cost and enter a new segment.
The Mercedes EQA is a pure electric variant of the Mk2 Mercedes GLA and the least differentiated EQ derivate in design. The all-electric sister model of the Mercedes GLA features a reworked front-end with inspiration from the Mercedes EQC that we already have in India.
As expected, most design changes are at the front. A large black-panel surface replaces the radiator grille, and it is flanked by flatter headlamps with blue strips inside them. An optical fibre borders the black panel at the top and connects the headlamps with an almost uninterrupted, horizontal light band.
On the sides, the Mercedes EQA has a more polished appearance with technical and fancy-looking 20-inch multispoke alloy wheels. At the rear, the tail lamps are slimmer. Unlike on the Mercedes GLA, they are connected and echo the light band at the front. The interior design is the same as that of the Mercedes GLA.
Mercedes made ‘generous’ changes on the EQC (a derivate of the GLC), endowing it with entirely new panels, acoustic glass and making the profile swoopier, giving it the complete feel and character of a new car. We are starting to believe that intensive changes are reserved for carlines where competition is harder, and customer spend is higher, and perhaps differentiation will be greater through busy lifecycle management.
Initially, the Mercedes EQA comes in only a ‘250’ variant that has a single electric motor mounted at the front. As it has been derived from an ICE model instead of being developed as an EV from the outset, there’s no frunk (front trunk). The motor draws energy from a “double-decker” 66.5 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack (net) and generates 140 kW/190 PS of power and 375 Nm of torque.
The Mercedes EQA 250 takes 8.9 seconds to accelerate from 0-100 km/h and has a top speed of 160 km/h. Its power consumption and range ratings as per the WLTP test procedure are 17.7 kWh/100 km and 426 km, respectively. Daimler has confirmed that it will offer variants with up to over 200 kW/272 PS of power as well as all-wheel drive later. One of these future variants will offer a range of more than 500 km (WLTP).
|Aspect||Mercedes EQA 250 Specification|
|Boot Capacity||340-1,320 litres|
|Drivetrain Layout||Front-wheel drive|
|Motor Power||140 kW (190 PS)|
|Motor Torque||375 Nm|
|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|
|WLTP Range||426 km|
Production & Deliveries
The Mercedes EQA is manufactured in Rastatt (Germany) and to be made in Beijing (China). The Chinese (joint venture) plant has a battery production facility as well, and later this year it would begin supply for the EQB as well. As for European production, the battery plant in Jawor (Poland), which makes hybrid car batteries, will become ready to produce electric car batteries for Mercedes EQ cars made in the region this year.
Daimler will approve the first Mercedes EQA orders on 4 February 2021 and begin customer deliveries in March, as per the report from JESMB. Globally, the company is planning more than ten all-electric vehicles in its portfolio by 2022 and to invest over ten billion euros in Mercedes-Benz EQ.
The EQA will turn into the three-pointed star’s entry point into the ‘EQ’ electric car family, outside of the Smart (that is developing a new compact electric SUV) co-owned by parent Daimler and Chinese car company Geely. Within a few months, the EQA will be followed by its boxy counterpart, the Mercedes EQB, which incidentally also rides on Daimler’s EVA 1.5 platform, a conversion of the MFA2.
Mercedes EQA India launch
Is the Mercedes EQA coming to India?
It looks likely as Martin Schwenk, CEO of Mercedes-Benz India, opened up on the possibility of assembling a Mercedes EV smaller than the EQC in the future.
The Mercedes EQC was launched in India in October 2020 for INR 99.3 lakh (ex-showroom) and was sold-out in the country. It is powered by an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery, offering a range of up to 471 km in a single charge (WLTP). The electric SUV is driven by two motors placed on each axle producing a combined power of 300 kW, equivalent to 402 hp, and 765 Nm of torque. The positive response to the EQC has prompted Mercedes India to consider the smaller EQ cars.
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