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Mercedes-Benz EQA debuts because the automaker’s entry-level EV

2021-01-20 10:00:03

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It is a barely extra futuristic tackle the GLA format, and we prefer it.


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Mercedes-Benz teased its entry-level EQA crossover earlier this week, however now it is formally right here. Properly, not right here right here; the corporate is not saying for positive if the EQA will come to the US. However, the EQA made its debut on-line on Wednesday, and we undoubtedly like what we see.

The diminutive electro-Benz will launch in Europe because the EQA250 and provide 188 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque, although extra highly effective variations with as a lot as 268 hp are set to reach earlier than too lengthy. Energy comes from a 66.5-kWh battery, and Mercedes-Benz says the front-wheel-drive EQA250 can dash to 62 mph in 8.9 seconds earlier than topping out at 99 mph. All-wheel-drive variants will arrive sooner or later, as effectively.

Preliminary estimates quote a variety of 301 miles for the EQA250, although that is on the New European Driving Cycle. Ought to the EQA be supplied within the US, the EPA-estimated vary will probably be decrease.

The EQA’s inside is just like what you will discover within the gas-powered GLA.


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Mercedes is providing the EQA with its predictive Navigation with Electrical Intelligence function that helps select the quickest path to your vacation spot whereas additionally factoring in potential cost instances and your driving habits, in addition to issues like climate or site visitors situations. Different tech options like lane-keeping help and computerized emergency braking are customary.

Different cool goodies embrace a built-in warmth pump, which takes extra warmth generated by the battery pack and makes use of it to situation the passenger compartment. This know-how is changing into extra widespread; Tesla affords it within the Mannequin Y crossover, for instance. The profit to having this tech is much less draw on the pack for local weather management, leading to higher vary.

Again to the EQA’s US availability, although. When requested, a Mercedes consultant advised us, “The EQA continues to be being thought of for the US market right now. Keep tuned for extra particulars within the coming months.” That is not an outright no, nevertheless it’s not a sure, both. Mercedes-Benz has bold plans to supply extra EVs each within the US and overseas. However be mindful, we have been imagined to get the electrical EQC some time again, too, and it nonetheless is not on sale within the States.

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQA250 is ready to hit European showrooms this spring with a beginning worth (in Germany) of 47,540 euros (round $57,688 on the time of publication).

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