With the world is slowly moving towards electric mobility to save the polar ice caps and to reduce one’s carbon footprint, Mercedes-Benz has showcased their latest EV offering which is the EQA. It shares the same underpinnings as the other mid-sized SUV that Mercedes makes which is the GLA. With the introduction of the EQA, Mercedes has increased their EV portfolio to this, the EQA and the EQC (which is based on the Mercedes GLC SUV).
The EQA 250 variant is powered by a 66.5kWh battery pack which sends power to a front mounted 140kW electric motor that produces 188bhp and 375Nm of torque. Mercedes claims that the EQA can do a 0 to 100km/h stint in 8.9 seconds and can hit a top speed of 160km/h. They also claim that the WLTP certified range is of 426kms on a single charge and with the help of a 100kW DC fast charger, the EQA can be charged in just 30 minutes while it would take 6 hours to charge the battery using a regular AC powered wall charger. In the coming future we can expect to see the EQA will come with an all-wheel-drive variant with a range of approximately 500+ km and with a bump in power to around 270bhp.
While the overall dimensions of the EQA are largely unchanged from the GLA, there are some changes that have taken place in the exterior to resemble the EQC such as a large closed-up black front grille. Even at the rear, the LED taillights are stretched across the tailgate of the SUV to give it a distinctive rear look. Customers can opt for the limited-production ‘Edition 1’ cars which feature a 20-inch alloy wheel finished in a shade of gold along with grey interiors. On the interiors Mercedes-Benz offers the latest MBUX system for customers to utilize which will navigate drivers to the nearest charging station as the batteries deplete out of range.
It isn’t clear if India will see the launch of the Mercedes-Benz EQA as such but Mercedes has emphasised that they plan to launch 15 vehicles on the Indian shores by the end of 2021 and we could just assume that the EQA could be one of the cars to join their Indian portfolio. And looking at how the Indian market is accepting the electric powered vehicles such as the Tata Nexon EV, MG ZS EV and the Hyundai Kona EV, there certainly looks to be a market for a mid-sized luxury EV powered SUV.