New Mercedes EQA is an all-electric GLA crossover

Published: 20 January 2021

Merc’s EQA electric SUV for 2021
EQA 250 claims 266-mile range
AWD and longer-range variants coming soon

Mercedes has pulled the covers off the new EQA, the brand’s second battery-electric EQ model.

Look familiar? Its design has morphed considerably from the concept version, changing into a GLA crossover with a blanked-out nose.

Give me the highlights

It’s what you’ve come to expect from a small Mercedes SUV – clean, creaseless design outside and an MBUX-equipped tech explosion on the inside.

While the body shape and interior are very much like the GLA SUV, it’s what’s under the skin that has changed massively. Lithium-ion batteries are fixed into the floor, with the first model – EQA 250 – having a usable battery capacity of 66.5kWh.

eqa interior

This EQA 250 model claims up to 266 miles of range, according to WLTP figures, can sprint to 62mph in 8.9 seconds and tops out at 99mph. You can charge it up to 11kW on AC, or 100kW on DC.

Mercedes has confirmed that this EQA 250 model will be flanked by other power variants, including some with all-wheel drive. The company also says there will be a 268bhp version later on (most likely badged EQA 300), and another variant that can claim up to 310 miles.

A massive suite of safety tech is available, as are adaptive dampers, although this suspension upgrade hasn’t always been available for the UK market on other Mercedes models.

Any extra EV tech?

Much like the EQC, the EQA has Eco Assist, which uses navigation and traffic sign data to gauge how much brake regeneration is required at a given moment, and the navigation also takes into account charging times to give you as accurate a time as possible to get to your destination.

What else can we expect from Mercedes’ EQ division?

We know an EQB isn’t far behind – essentially a seven-seat GLB, but electric – and Mercedes has repeatedly teased its EQS luxury saloon due later in 2021.

Read more about Mercedes’ electric plans here

As for the EQA, expect to see the first ones arrive in the summer of 2021, with German pricing starting at €47,540. We’ll hear about UK pricing soon.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches