Mercedes-Benz's Next EV
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20 January 2021
The EQA is its babiest all-electric model
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its latest all-electric model, the EQA.
The first (and currently only) model in the range is the EQA 250, powered by a 140kW electric motor, mounted over the front axle and matched to a fixed-ratio transmission. Mercedes-Benz claims an energy consumption figure of 15.7 kWh/100 km (roughly the equivalent of 3,04l/100km), and an NEDC range of 486km.
The cruising range is helped by its aerodynamic design, which includes an enclosed cooling air control system and an almost completely enclosed underbody, as well as optimised aero wheels and specifically adapted front and rear wheel spoilers.
The styling of the EQA incorporates elements of Mercedes-Benz’ EQ electric brand: the continuous light strip at the front, made up of a horizontal fibre-optic strip that connects the daytime running lights, with a further detail being the blue strips in the headlamps. Similarly, the LED tail lights merge into a tapered LED light strip.
On the interior, the EQA’s standard spec includes adjustable ambient lighting, luxury seats, reversing camera and leather multifunction sports steering wheel. An electrically-operated tail gate is also part of the package.
Safety is high on the EQA’s priority list. While there are a lot familiar Mercedes-Benz systems, like Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Brake Assist, the structure of the EQA’s body shell has been designed around the specific needs of electric vehicles. Its drive battery is installed inside a specially developed frame, and a battery guard in front prevents the energy storage from being pierced by debris in.
Mercedes-Benz has said that further EQA models will be brought to market, including an all-wheel drive model that combines 200+ kW with a range of more than 500 kilometres.
No word yet on the EQA’s availability for the South African market.