Mercedes-Benz has revealed the new EQA electric compact SUV expected to arrive in Australia mid-year.
It will be Benz’s second EV, joining the medium sized EQC which lobbed into showrooms in 2019.
Equivalent in size to the brand’s GLA small SUV, the EQA will arrive in EQA 250 guise with 140kW and 375Nm of torque from its 66.5kWh battery powering the front wheels.
Merc claims a 486km range on the NEDC cycle and a 10-100 per cent charge time of 5 hours 45 minutes from a wallbox or AC public charging station.
It can go from 10-80 per cent in 30 minutes on a DC charger.
The EQA will cover 0-100km/h in 8.9 seconds, but Benz says more “athletic” variants are coming, armed with all-wheel-drive, an additional electric powertrain and output exceeding 200kW.
It says these models will offer a range in excess of 500km on the WLTP cycle.
Design-wise, the EQA 250 shares a number of signatures with the EQC to differentiate it from the rest of the Benz SUV line-up.
There’s a “Black Panel” radiator grille with a central star, plus a horizontal fibre-optic strip connecting the daytime running lights to create a continuous light strip at the front and rear.
It also gets EQ-specific blue strips in the headlamps, while there are rose gold and blue decorative highlights throughout — including the wheels in some variants.
To aid aerodynamics and increase range, the cooling air control system in the upper section is closed, the front and rear aprons and spoilers redesigned, the underbody is almost completely enclosed and the wheels optimised.
Another, less attractive difference from the GLA is a 340-litre boot, down from the GLA’s 435 which already trails rivals such as the Audi Q3 and BMW X2.
Local specification will be revealed closer to its Australian launch, but the EQA has some cool stuff overseas.
The Navigation with Electric Intelligence system takes into account charging times, topography and the weather when calculating and suggesting routes.
It can also able to react on the fly to changes in traffic conditions, driving style and other factors.
Safety tech is comprehensive, including a feature which will alert the driver if a pedestrian is detected near a crosswalk.