Mercedes EQA production on schedule, to start this year: Report

The Mercedes EQA production isn’t facing a delay and will begin as scheduled by the end of the year, as per blog.mercedes-benz-passion.com. A Mercedes-Benz spokesperson has confirmed this development to the credible German Mercedes enthusiast website which adds that sales will start in 2021.

Last week, a report from autocar.co.uk said that the launch of the Mercedes EQA was postponed by 6 months. The British report suggested that it would take until the second half of the year for deliveries to begin. The report said that the original plan was to unveil it in the July-September 2020 quarter.

Multiple reasons were cited for the delay in the Mercedes EQA program by Autocar UK which claimed that the company was reorganising its electric car production activities the COVID-19 pandemic had disrupted the battery cell supply. Moreover, Mercedes had decided to relocate production from the Smart ForTwo factory in Hambach, France to Rastatt, Germany because of the ongoing discussions about the selling off the French manufacturing facility to another OEM, it mentioned in the same article.

Daimler will continue its product and electrical offensive in the current year: To this end, Mercedes-Benz Cars is launching among others the new S-Class with the latest version of the MBUX multimedia system. The EQA will be the first fully electric SUV compact model to be launched this autumn (Germany).

Daimler, on 11 February, 2020, while reporting the full-year 2019 results

Mercedes EQA Design

The Mercedes EQA is a pure electric variant of the Mk2 Mercedes GLA and the least differentiated EQ derivate in design. Spy photos suggest that Mercedes is not doing heavy changes on the exterior or the interior of the vehicle.

Like the EQV, designers have rehashed the fascias with new lamps, a blanked-off grille and cleaner bumpers, and this is one way to shrink development time and cost and create a new segment. Mercedes have made ‘generous’ changes on the EQC (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.

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. The EQA will be followed closely its boxy counterpart, the Mercedes EQB which incidentally also rides on Daimler’s MFA2 platform.

Earlier this year the company released pictures of the entry-level electric car testing in Sweden’s snowfields. The EQA is seen undergoing winter testing on the snow-covered terrain of Sweden with particular attention given to the battery’s thermal management and charging in the cold. The car’s driving safety, traction and energy recovery on ice and snow are also some of the aspects that are being tested.

Mercedes EQA Interior

Mercedes EQA spied interior
The interior of the Mercedes EQA has the two combined 10.25-inch displays of the regular version, complete with the ‘turbine’ look air guidance vanes.

Youtuber walkoARTvideos was able to get the Mercedes Electric Car’s interior on video before the COVID-19 lockdown which shows Mercedes-Benz adopting the petrol version’s layout. A widescreen display covers more than half of the dashboard that will host the duties of the instrument cluster and the centre console.

Mercedes EQA expected specification

The Mercedes Concept EQA show car, which was a hatchback, had two electric motors one each at the front and rear axle, putting out over 200 kW and over 500 Nm of torque. The electric concept is fitted with a 60 kWh lithium-ion battery that offers a range of up to 400 km. Expect the production car with similar specifications.

The two drive modes in the Mercedes Concept EQA – Sport and Sport Plus – change front and rear torque distribution accordingly. It also gets a virtual radiator grille that changes its look according to the drive programme.

Globally, the company is planning more than ten all-electric vehicles in its portfolio by 2022 and to invest over ten billion euros in the EQ brand. The teaser of the EQA production vehicle released by the company is below.

Mercedes EQA India launch

Is the Mercedes EQA coming to India?

Martin Schwenk, CEO of Mercedes-Benz India, told us in February that there was no immediate plan for electric cars after EQC.

Mercedes EQA production electric SUV teased
Mercedes-Benz top boss Ola Källenius confirmed that the Mercedes EQA was approved for production late last year and that it will be based on the new-generation GLA.

Meanwhile the EQC will be launched in India on 8 October 2020. It will powered by an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery, offering a range of up to 471 km in a single charge. 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. With a fast DC charger, EQC can be charged from 10 to 80 per cent in 40 minutes with a maximum output of up to 110 kW. The EQC is expected to be priced around Rs 1.3 crore (ex-showroom).