The Mercedes-Benz EV rollout proceeds with The EQA smaller crossover. Positioned beneath the current EQC crossover, it goes on sale in Europe this spring, but is unlikely to arrive at the United States.
In holding with Mercedes’ latest naming conference, the EQA is an electrical equivalent of the gasoline GLA crossover. “EQ” is the branding Mercedes provides to all electric powered cars and plug-in hybrids.
The EQA is a entire sizing smaller than the Tesla Product Y, generating it much more of a high-class alternate to the Hyundai Kona Electric or Kia Niro EV, in some respects. It is also near in size to the Jaguar I-Pace—but not as sporty. The Mercedes could also rival the Audi Q4 E-Tron, which is coming to the U.S. in two system types.
Mercedes will start the new crossover in entrance-wheel drive EQA 250 variety, with a 66.5-kilowatt-hour “double decker” lithium-ion battery pack that websites below the flooring, and sorts component of the vehicle’s structure.
A single electrical motor gives twist to the entrance wheels, creating 188 horsepower and 276 pound-ft of torque, which will get the EQA from -62 mph in 8.9 seconds, and to a best velocity of 100 mph, in accordance to Mercedes.
The automaker quoted 298 miles of selection, as measured on the NEDC testing cycle, when compared to 279 miles for the larger EQC. The WLTP selection for this design, which is generally nearer to EPA scores (but continue to fairly a bit increased than them) is 265 miles. So the EQA would not beat the equally-sized Hyundai/Kia duo.
Mercedes also strategies to launch a twin-motor all-wheel generate model at a afterwards date—with a to some degree for a longer time array. All through standard driving, it will prioritize the rear motor for effectiveness causes, as the entrance synchronous motor produces significantly less drag on the powertrain in partial-load operation, Mercedes stated.
The automaker is also reportedly doing the job on an EQB, but the timeline is unknown, as is whether it might arrive to the U.S. This would be an electric powered equivalent to the GLB-Course crossover, which means it will most likely element far more traditional SUV styling than the EQA, and additional inside room, with a equivalent-sizing footprint.
Mercedes’ U.S. electric-auto strategies have been in a condition of flux. The EQC was supposed to arrive below in 2019, but was delayed, and now seems to be on hold right until at minimum a mid-cycle refresh. Now two electric powered SUVs prepared for Alabama creation starting off in 2022 could be the 1st new Mercedes electric types, we will get.
They would be the to start with Mercedes electric autos bought in the U.S. due to the fact the Tesla-powered B-Class Electrical Drive (also referred to as B250e), which was discontinued in 2017.