Three years after it was revealed as a concept, the Mercedes-Benz EQA has finally made its world premiere in full production form, and here’s everything you need to know about it.
The entry-level model in the all-electric range of Mercedes-EQ vehicles is actually a close relation of the GLA, and delivers all the thrilling characteristics of the model combined in this case with an efficient electric power train.
The EQA is being launched as the EQA 250 with 190 hp and a range of 486 kilometres, with more variants to follow. These will include a series of even more athletic all-wheel-drive models with an additional electric powertrain and an output of more than 260 hp, and also a version with a range of more than 500 kilometres.
On the exterior, the EQA comes with the typical Mercedes-EQ front-end design – a “Black Panel” radiator grille with central star.
A further distinctive design feature of electric Mercedes-EQ vehicles is the continuous light strip at front and rear, ensuring a high level of recognisability both in daylight and at night.
The inside of the headlamps is finished to a high level of quality, detail and precision. Also typical of Mercedes-EQs are the blue strips in the headlamps.
The standard specification of the EQA includes such features as LED High Performance headlamps with Adaptive Highbeam Assist, the EASY-PACK tailgate with electrically operated opening and closing, as well as 18-inch light-alloy wheels.
Inside, depending on the equipment line, the cabin may include a back-lit trim element – a première for Mercedes-Benz. Further exclusive details include rosé gold-coloured decorative elements on the ventilation outlets, seats and the vehicle key.
The Edition 1 special model additionally features meticulously perforated leather seats, through which can be seen a fabric in the signature Mercedes-EQ colour pure blue.
The instruments, with their electric vehicle-specific displays, pick up on the same colour scheme with rosé gold-coloured and blue highlights. The Mercedes-EQ tile in the media display can be used to call up menus relating to charging options, electrical consumption and energy flow.
The list of standard equipment includes ambient lighting with 64 colours, a double cup holder, luxury seats with four-way adjustable lumbar support, a reversing camera, and a multifunction sports steering wheel in leather.
Also included as standard are the intuitively operated MBUX infotainment system and the Navigation system with Electric Intelligence. Thanks to the Mercedes me Charge system, customers have access to what is currently the world’s biggest charging network. This currently comprises more than 450,000 AC and DC charging points across 3 countries.
Mercedes me Charge also allows customers convenient use of the charging stations of various providers, even when travelling abroad. By registering just once, they can benefit from an integrated payment function with a simple billing process. Customers can also charge at more than 175,000 public charging points throughout Europe.
Coming back to the car itself, the EQA is the first model from Mercedes-EQ whose aerodynamic development has been undertaken entirely digitally. The ensuing measurements undertaken in the wind tunnel revealed a Cd value of 0.28, thereby confirming the high quality of the numerical simulation.
Effort has also been put into ensuring that the car meets the high level of noise and vibration comfort according to Mercedes-Benz, including the systematic isolation of the electric powertrain from the chassis and body. Numerous damping measures designed to prevent the transmission of airborne sound serve the same purpose.
Included as standard on board are Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Brake Assist. In critical situations, the purpose of the latter is to prevent a collision by means of autonomous braking, or to mitigate its severity.
The system is also able to brake for stationary vehicles and crossing pedestrians at typical city speeds.
The enhanced functions of the Driving Assistance Package include, for example, the turning manoeuvre function, the emergency corridor function, the exit warning function alerting the driver to approaching cyclists or vehicles, and a warning when pedestrians are detected near zebra crossings. ECO Assist supports particularly relaxed driving with the help of DISTRONIC.
Where safety is concerned, driver and front passenger airbags, a kneebag for the driver and windowbags are fitted as standard. The windowbags cover the first and second row of seats.
Thorax-pelvis side airbags in the front are likewise standard, and available as optional equipment for the second row of seats.
In conjunction with the PRE-SAFE system (optional equipment), the front seats are equipped with electric, reversible belt reel tensioners.
The new model can be personalised with the two design and equipment lines Electric Art and AMG Line, as well as with the Night Package.
Believe it or not, it has been three years since Mercedes-Benz revealed the EQA in concept form, and in just two more days, the full electric version of the A-Class is all set to make its world debut. In an effort to build some hype around the launch, the folks at Stuttgart have released a teaser of the interior, and some juicy details about the electric compact.
Measuring 4,285 mm in length, 1,810 in width, and 1,428 mm in height with a wheelbase length of 2,729 mm, the EQA features short overhangs particularly at the rear like the new GLA, and the shallow greenhouse, which is positioned well back, emphasise the volume of the vehicle body, while the integration of modern graphics creates a unique, sporty character.
The alubeam paint finish produces a powerful contrast with the black panoramic glass roof and with the black panels. The muscular wheel arches emphasise the exclusive 20-inch wheels.
Instead of a conventional radiator grille, the show car features a black panel with integrated LED matrix at the front, flowing seamlessly out of the bonnet.
This black panel is a virtual radiator grille which can completely change in appearance: the Concept EQA shows the surrounding world which drive program the driver has selected via an animated design in the virtual grille.
In the “Sport” drive program the grille depicts a flaming wing in horizontal format, while in “Sport Plus” mode vertical struts in the style of a Panamericana radiator grille are displayed. Common to both grille variants is the illuminated central star.
The headlamps are seamlessly embedded in the black panel grille and, together with the animated 3D grille, produce the new EQ face. The signet of the daytime running lamps reflects the hallmark Mercedes-Benz look. Last but not least, the blue lines are continued in the bumpers, giving the vehicle a lower-slung look.
The first model to be unveiled will be the EQA 250 with an output of 187 hp. After the market launch, further power levels up to over 268 hp as well as a variant with all‑wheel drive will successively follow.
Among the main highlights of the EQA is the Electric Intelligence system, which calculates the fastest route to the destination. On the basis of ongoing range simulations, necessary charging stops are taken into account, as are numerous other factors such as topography and the weather. This makes it easier for anyone who is initially deciding on an all-electric vehicle to get started.
And then we have the features. Take the lights for instance – Mercedes-Benz has opted for laser fibres. The spiral-shaped light signet underlines the electric concept, its design evoking the copper windings of an electric motor and the animation visualising electrical impulses.
In combination with the intelligent Mercedes-Benz operating strategy, the EQA achieves a range of around 400 kilometres, depending on the battery capacity installed.
The EQA can be charged via induction or wallbox and is also ready for rapid charging. The vision for using public charging stations is “seamless charging”, where Mercedes me-based service makes it easy for the customer to charge and pay at different charging stations.
That being said, more details will be revealed during the world premiere in two more days.