The harbinger of the new “outlet” model – the conceptual three-door hatchback EQA – the German brand showed in 2017 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Later it became known that the production car will leave the same name. But, as it turned out, not the same body: the model will be a compact five-door electric crossover. The teaser of the future news was briefly shown during the online presentation of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz GLA crossover.
It is assumed that the EQA will retain roughly the same design and retain the shape of its “brother” – the new GLA, which is now equipped only with traditional ICEs. Recall, the wheelbase of the recently introduced cross is 2729 mm, and the length is 4410 mm. Most likely, the appearance of the crosses will differ only in details. For example, EQA can get a plug instead of a radiator grill in the spirit of the already produced electric SUV Mercedes-Benz EQC.
The fact that the EQA will not be a hatchback, but a crossover, it became known even when the model in camouflage got into the lenses of photo spies: the car was shot while charging in one of the underground parking lots in German Stuttgart. It’s more convenient to use an SUV body rather than a hatchback to create an electric car, because due to the higher roof line you can install a battery under the floor without compromising the interior of the car.
Before the EQA debuts in 2020, the German brand promises to electrify the new GLA: the model will have versions with a plug-in hybrid powerplant. It will be the same as the current A250e and B250e. As the head of Daimler Ola Kallenius said, in the number of electric mode, the PHEV version will be able to travel 70 kilometers (according to what cycle the calculation was performed until it is specified).
Note, the A-Class hybrid hatchback can drive from 60 to 68 km without recharging (the calculation was carried out according to the WLTP cycle), the sedan indicator varies in the range from 61 to 69 km. And the range of the hybrid B-Class on “electricity” is from 56 to 67 km.
So far, only two gasoline engines have been announced for the second-generation Mercedes-Benz GLA recently introduced: a 150-horsepower 1.3-liter engine from Renault (250 Nm) and a two-liter engine of its own design with 306 hp. (400 Nm). The first version has front-wheel drive, and a couple offers a 7-speed “automatic” DCT with two clutches; the second one has four-wheel drive, and the engine works complete with 8DCT.
The production of the future entry-level electrocross – EQA – will be launched at the company’s plant in Hamburg (France), where Smart rosette cars are now produced. It is expected that the range of the new SUV will be about 400 km. Most likely, the electric motor will be on each axis, the total return of the installation will be more than 268 hp, and the torque will exceed 500 Nm. From place to “hundreds” of such an electric car can accelerate in about 5 seconds. The competition will be made by Volkswagen ID.4 and Audi Q4 e-tron.
The EQC crossover became the first-born of the “green” EQ family, its sales have already started (483 units were sold in Europe and September and October). Next on the market will be the EQB SUV (created on the basis of GLB), as well as the EQV minivan (its product version was presented last fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show).