Mercedes-Benz, one of the most reputable car manufacturers on the planet, is currently preparing an ambitious range of electric cars that will allow it to compete aginst both its historical rivals (Audi, BMW, Cadillac …) and against newcomers like Tesla in a market, the premium, which will bet strongly on total electrification in the coming years.
Of all the models that the famous German automaker is preparing, one of the most interesting is the EQA, the electric version of the GLA compact SUV. This vehicle will use the EVA 1.5 electric platform, derived from the combustion MFA2, which is “emptied” in its central section to house the batteries.
According to the German media, from the beginning, the model will be offered with three battery packs: 60 kWh, 80 kWh, and 110 kWh. This will give you a range of up to 310 miles, depending on the version. Although it will have a fast-charging system in direct current that will allow it to recover 70% of its autonomy in 20 minutes, it will not have the 800-volt system of the EQS, which will be able to access ultra-fast charges. The model will be available with three power levels: 204 hp (150 kW), 272 hp (200 kW) and 340 hp (250 kW), the first version being front-wheel drive and the other two all-wheel-drive (4Matic).
Aesthetically it will be a model almost identical to the GLA, differentiating itself by details such as redesigned headlights, specific bumpers, a fairing grille with a backlit frame, aerodynamic wheels, a smooth tailgate (the license plate will be positioned on the bumper), and some riders attached using an LED strip. The interior will remain almost unchanged from the GLA.
The EQA will be the most accessible electric car from Mercedes-Benz, with its rates expected to start at just over 48,000 dollars. Its launch will take place at the end of the year. Later the EQA will be joined by the EQB, the electric version of the GLB. Seated on the same platform as the EQA and equipped with the same powertrains, it will be differentiated by a larger cabin with up to seven seats distributed in three seats (2 + 3 + 2).