Towards the end of 2018 Mercedes-Benz debuted its first all-electric production vehicle available for sale to the public. You can read more about the EQC400 by clicking here. Today the German automaker bolstered its battery powered line up with the introduction with the Mercedes-Benz EQA250. According to sources at Mercedes-Benz South Africa the EQ range, including the EQA, will be introduced locally from 2022.
The Mercedes-Benz EQA250 is the entry point into the world of electric Mercedes vehicles. The small crossover is said to be the size of the existing GLA and is the first compact model on offer in the EQ range of vehicles.
EQ models have a distinct appearance and the EQA is no different. It comes with a “Black Panel” radiator grille with central star, a continuous light strip at front and rear full-LED headlamps with blue detailing. The LED tail lamps merge seamlessly into the tapered LED light strip, giving the car a unique appearance at the rear. Mercedes-Benz has given the EQA range several bespoke touches in the cabin as well to differentiate it from fuel-fed models. These may include a back-lit trim element, rose gold-coloured decorative elements on the vents, seats and the vehicle key.
In keeping with the EQ range’s design language the Mercedes-Benz EQA250 is sleek looking with many design touches taking form from function. To minimise drag, and thereby extend range, the EQA features a closed cooling air control system in the upper section of the nose, aerodynamically efficient front and rear aprons, an almost completely enclosed underbody, specially optimised aero wheels and specifically adapted front and rear wheel spoilers. The end result is a drag coefficient of 0,28.
The Mercedes-Benz EQA is initially being offered in EQA250 guise. This means it has 140 kW of power with an instantaneous 375 N.m of torque on tap from the moment the motor starts turning. The range according to the NEDC is said to be 486 kilometres. Drive is sent to the front axle through a single-speed transmission. Other models with more power and all-wheel-drive will be introduced in time.