Mercedes offers a glimpse of the EQA
As part of the world premiere of the new GLA, Mercedes also provided an outlook on the EQA, the second electric model of the EQ sub-brand after the EQC, planned for next year. Accordingly, the EQA will be visually strongly oriented towards the new GLA.
The graphic of the all-electric EQA indicates that the electric car will also be very close to the conventionally powered GLA. The basic proportions with the long bonnet and the relatively steep rear of the compact SUV including a short transition remain unchanged.
Daimler CEO Ola Källenius, however, did not provide more detailed information on the vehicle and drive system. The EQA will probably be slightly higher than the GLA to make room for the battery in the underbody. The energy content of the battery is still unknown, as is the exact drive configuration. A pure front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions with electric motors on the front and rear axles are possible.
Only one thing is clear: at its premiere next year, the EQA will still have an externally sourced drive. As the company agreed this week with the works council, Daimler will manufacture the next generation of the electric drive eATS starting in 2024, partly at the main plant in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim. As reported, the EQA is to be built at the Smart plant in Hambach, France.
Mercedes had presented the EQA vision as a concept at the IAA 2017, but at that time the concept was still more of a compact car; now the series EQA seems to follow the SUV trend. It remains to be seen how many of the futuristic design elements of the Vision EQA (such as the glass radiator grille or the continuous rear lights) will also be found in the production vehicle. A range of 400 kilometres was stated for the Vision EQA, but still in accordance with the NEDC standard.