Mercedes-Benz EQA is an electric GLA

Daniel Fowler
January 21, 2021

Under Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure guidelines the range falls to 426km, which is still impressive considering the EQA weighs 1965kg, 447kg more than the GLA. "To this end, we have defined some ambitious product development goals and resolved to push forward with the accelerated market introduction of new technologies", Mercedes board member Markus Schäfer said. It has more tapered headlights that merge with a black grille surround that makes each of the components look like part of one larger unit. It is also slated to come with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto for connecting your smartphone. At the back, the taillights have an illuminated section that spans across the hatch.

As per tradition, the EQA will become available as an "Edition 1", adding a host of features, including perforated leather seats with embedded blue fabrics.

The EQA had its aerodynamic development completed entirely digitally, which has resulted in a Cd value of 0.28, making the small SUV nice and slippery in the air and improving its ultimate range. If those changes weren't enough, there are also badges bearing the EQA name on the front fenders.

Fixed "comfort" suspension with steel coil springs are standard-fit, with adaptive dampers available as an option.

The EQA has a front-mounted motor that delivers 187 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. An asynchronous electric motor is sited on the front axle, drawing its urge from a two-deck 66,5 kWh lithium-ion battery and driving the front wheels via a fixed-ratio transmission. The EQA can be charged with a maximum output of 100 kW at an "appropriate" charging station, with the battery moving from 10 to 80 percent in "around 30 minutes".

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A new Eco Assist function varies a range of parameters to maximise range, including adapting to satellite navigation data, recognising "dips" and crests in the road, and switching between one of five regenerative braking modes, which can also be manually controlled via the steering wheel paddles: DAuto, D+ (no regen, coasting), D (low recuperation), D- (medium) and D- (high).

The interior is also clearly derived from the GLA, but with a few unique features. There's even an EQ-specific instrument and infotainment theme using the same colors. The twin 10.25-inch displays are optional, with base models getting a pair of 7-inch displays.

Other smart tech comes in the form of an "intelligent" navigation system that calculates the route that will get you to your destination fastest, taking into account charging stops and the time required for those.

Based on the naming sequence, the EQA is an all-electric version of the GLA, Mercedes-Benz's small crossover. Mercedes is now considering the EQA for the US, but hasn't made a final decision either way.

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