The Mercedes Benz EQA Electric Crossover Teased for the First Time Ahead of its 2020 Unveil
Mercedes-Benz is promoting its upcoming electrified lineup quite aggressively. The German luxury car manufacturer recently announced the starting price of its U.S-spec, battery-only EQC SUV. Now the German automaker followed up that announcement with a teaser image of its upcoming all-electric compact utility vehicle, which will be called the EQA.
We first got acquainted with the Mercedes Benz EQA back in 2017 when Mercedes Benz unveiled a zero-emissions three-door hatchback concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Now the company has released a teaser image of the upcoming all-electric EQA crossover during the online debut of the second generation GLA. Both cars might also share their vehicle architecture.
The Mercedes Benz EQA has been spotted on multiple occasions during road testing. Judging from the spy shots, the electric crossover will share the same silhouette and stance as its IC-engine propelled counterpart with some changes. For example, the prototype was seen running on purpose-built "aero wheels", which have been designed to enhance the EV's efficiency.
The battery-powered crossover will also feature a closed-off grille which is another design element that we have now come to associate with EVs, since these vehicles don't require a radiator for cooling. The same design can also be found on the production-spec Mercedes-Benz EQC.
The Mercedes Benz EQA will not be the only electrified version of the second generation GLA. The automaker plans on introducing a plug-in hybrid version of the crossover ahead of the EQA's global debut.
A plug-in hybrid version of the Mercedes Benz GLA will share its powertrain with the B250e and A250e models. According to Daimler's Chairman Ola Kallenius, the PHEV GLA will offer an all-electric driving range of 43 miles which is similar to that of the Mercedes Benz A-Class and B-Class plug-in hybrids.
The concept version of EQA was built on the company's Modular Electric Architecture (MEA) and was powered by a 60 kW battery pack that sent power to a dual electric motor setup. The all-electric powertrain churned out 268 bhp and 369 lb-ft of torque.
Mercedes claimed that the concept version of the EQA is capable of delivering around 248 miles of range on a full charge. However, as Mercedes-Benz has not confirmed any details about its upcoming EV, it's still unclear whether or not the EQA will share any specifications with the concept car.
The Mercedes Benz EQA will follow the much larger EQC as the company's second EV to join its new electric vehicle portfolio.
Mercedes Benz confirmed that the EQA is scheduled to make its global debut sometime next year.
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