Mercedes-Benz has just introduced their new entry-level electric vehicle, the Mercedes EQA. Offering an excellent compromise between performance, costs and time to market, the EQA is the first all-electric member of the compact car vehicle from Mercedes-Benz. The EQA is the GLA’s extremely modern cousin. Prices in Germany start at 47,540.50 euros – so it should be sold here for around AED 250,000.
The EQA is being launched as the EQA 250 with 140 kW and a range according 486 kilometers. Further variants to meet specific customer requirements will follow. One version will have an additional powertrain and +200 kW output and the other variant with a range +500 kilometers.
Navigation with Electric Intelligence calculates as a matter of course the route that will get you to your destination fastest, taking into consideration charging times, thus taking the stress out of route planning for the driver. On the basis of continual range simulations, the system makes allowance for any necessary charging stops as well as for numerous other factors, such as the topography and the weather. It is also able to react dynamically to changes, for instance in the traffic situation or personal driving style.
Included as standard on board are Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Brake Assist. In critical situations, the purpose of the latter is to prevent a collision by means of autonomous braking. The system is also able to brake for stationary vehicles and crossing pedestrians at typical city speeds. The enhanced functions of the Driving Assistance Package include, for example, the turning maneuver function, the emergency corridor function, the exit warning function alerting the driver to approaching cyclists or vehicles, and a warning when pedestrians are detected near zebra crossings. ECO Assist supports particularly relaxed driving with the help of DISTRONIC.
Driver and front passenger airbags, a kneebag for the driver and windowbags are fitted as standard. The windowbags cover the first and second row of seats. Thorax-pelvis side airbags in the front are likewise standard, and available as optional equipment for the second row of seats. In conjunction with the PRE-SAFE® system (optional equipment), the front seats are equipped with electric, reversible belt reel tensioners.
The EQA comes with the typical Mercedes-EQ front-end design: a “Black Panel” radiator grille with central star. A further distinctive design feature of the all-electric world of Mercedes-EQ vehicles is the continuous light strip at front and rear: a horizontal fiber-optic strip connects the daytime running lights of the full-LED headlamps, ensuring a high level of recognizability both in daylight and at night. The inside of the headlamps is finished to a high level of quality, detail, and precision. Also typical of Mercedes-EQ are the blue strips in the headlamps. The LED tail lamps merge seamlessly into the tapered LED light strip, giving the car a special.
There are numerous pointers to the electric character of the EQA in the interior. Depending on the equipment line, these may include a back-lit trim element – a première for Mercedes-Benz. Further exclusive details include rosé gold colored decorative elements on the ventilation outlets, seats, and the vehicle key. The instruments, with their electric vehicle-specific displays, pick up on the same color scheme with rosé gold-colored and blue highlights. The Mercedes-EQ tile in the media display can be used to call up menus relating to charging options, electrical consumption, and energy flow.
The standard specification of the EQA includes LED High Performance headlamps with Adaptive Highbeam Assist, the EASY-PACK tailgate with electrically operated opening and closing, 18-inch light-alloy wheels, ambient lighting with 64 colors, a double cup holder, luxury seats with four-way adjustable lumbar support, a reversing camera for added convenience and a better overview when maneuvering, and a multifunction sports steering wheel in leather. Also included as standard are the intuitively operated infotainment system MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) and the Navigation with Electric Intelligence system. The new model can be personalized with the two design and equipment lines Electric Art and AMG Line, as well as with the Night Package.