The Mercedes-Benz EV rollout continues with The EQA small crossover. Positioned beneath the present EQC crossover, it goes on sale in Europe this spring, however is unlikely to achieve the US.
In step with Mercedes’ present naming conference, the EQA is an electrical equal of the gasoline GLA crossover. “EQ” is the branding Mercedes offers to all electrical vehicles and plug-in hybrids.
The EQA is a full dimension smaller than the Tesla Mannequin Y, making it extra of an expensive different to the Hyundai Kona Electrical or Kia Niro EV, in some respects. It is also shut in dimension to the Jaguar I-Tempo—however not as sporty. The Mercedes might additionally rival the Audi Q4 E-Tron, which is coming to the U.S. in two physique kinds.
Mercedes will launch the brand new crossover in front-wheel drive EQA 250 kind, with a 66.5-kilowatt-hour “double decker” lithium-ion battery pack that websites beneath the ground, and varieties a part of the car’s construction.
A single electrical motor gives twist to the entrance wheels, producing 188 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque, which is able to get the EQA from 0-62 mph in 8.9 seconds, and to a prime pace of 100 mph, in line with Mercedes.
The automaker quoted 298 miles of vary, as measured on the NEDC testing cycle, in comparison with 279 miles for the bigger EQC. The WLTP vary for this mannequin, which is often nearer to EPA scores (however nonetheless fairly a bit larger than them) is 265 miles. So the EQA would not beat the similarly-sized Hyundai/Kia duo.
Mercedes additionally plans to launch a dual-motor all-wheel drive model at a later date—with a considerably longer vary. Throughout regular driving, it should prioritize the rear motor for effectivity causes, because the entrance synchronous motor creates much less drag on the powertrain in partial-load operation, Mercedes stated.
The automaker can also be reportedly engaged on an EQB, however the timeline is unknown, as is whether or not it would come to the U.S. This is able to be an electrical equal to the GLB-Class crossover, that means it should possible characteristic extra conventional SUV styling than the EQA, and extra inside house, with a similar-size footprint.
Mercedes’ U.S. electric-car plans have been in a state of flux. The EQC was presupposed to arrive right here in 2019, but was delayed, and now seems to be on maintain till at the very least a mid-cycle refresh. Now two electrical SUVs planned for Alabama production beginning in 2022 is perhaps the primary new Mercedes electrical fashions, we’ll get.
They might be the primary Mercedes electrical vehicles bought within the U.S. because the Tesla-powered B-Class Electric Drive (additionally known as B250e), which was discontinued in 2017.