Mercedes-Benz EQA, the electric equivalent of GLA class

During the past weeks Mercedes-Benz launched its entry-level EQA compact crossover as a part of its electric EQ lineup. The EQA is the first premium compact crossover EV and is going to hit the European markets this spring with a starting price of 47,540 euros. This is Mercedes Benz cheapest EV up-to-date but it stills offer a lot of luxury. 

The EQA resembles its fuel-powered GLA-Class cousin a lot in shape. But some changes like less curves, sealed-off grille and absence of exhaust tips have been to improve the aerodynamics and increase the range. The EQA also possesses the futuristic light strip design on front and rear which is the signature trait of the Mercedes Benz EQ lineup. 

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 Coming to the powertrain, the Mercedes Benz EQA will have a front-wheel-drive layout with a single electric motor that produces 188 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. If you are a sports lover then you’ll be disappointed to hear that this car takes 8.9 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph and has a top speed of 100mph. But the good news is that Mercedes Benz plans to release an all-wheel-drive variant of EQA in near future so these numbers are expected to improve. 

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 The Mercedes Benz EQA houses a 66.5-kWh battery in its platform that has a range of 301 miles on the European Driving Cycle. Nothing new in the battery charging technology, the new EQA can be charged to 80% in 30 minutes at a 100kW fast-charging station. 

On the inside, Mercedes Benz has maintained its premium automaker repute. The EQA offers luxury with top-quality build, sleekness and a lot of features in its interior. The EQA is fitted with the company’s latest MBUX infotainment system. The EQA possess features like predictive Navigation with Electric Intelligence and built-in heat pumps. Lane-keeping assist and automatic emergency braking are also being offered as standard.