The electric Mercedes GLA will debut later this year, most likely at the 2020 Paris Motor Show.
Just last week, we caught Mercedes testing two new compact electric SUVs that will join the EQ family: the EQA and EQB. Now, Mercedes has released the first official photos of the production EQA undergoing extensive testing in snowy Sweden.
As we saw in the recent spy shots, the EQA is disguised with a thin layer of colorful camouflage, but we still get a good look at the overall shape. The production Mercedes EQA was previewed by the stunning EQA Concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show, but the final design will look drastically different. Whereas the EQA Concept was a three-door hatchback, the production version will essentially be an electric version of the new Mercedes GLA crossover.
Mercedes' engineers are paying close attention to how the freezing temperatures affect thermal management of the battery and the interior, as well as how the battery charges in the cold. Other aspects being monitored include the electric crossover's traction and energy recovery system on ice and snow.
Mercedes hasn't revealed technical specifications of the Mercedes EQA yet, but the concept gives us an idea of what to expect. Powering the Mercedes EQA Concept are two electric motors producing a combined 268 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, enabling the electric crossover to sprint from 0-62 mph in five seconds.
A 60-kWh lithium-ion battery provides up to 249 miles on a single charge. Mercedes has confirmed the production EQA will debut later this year, most likely at the 2020 Paris Auto Show in October.
Before the EQA arrives, Mercedes will present new hybrid versions of the facelifted E-Class as well as additional plug-in hybrids under the automaker's EQ Power label. In addition, Mercedes will also showcase the 2021 E63 AMG facelift and two other AMG SUVs, which will most likely be the 2021 GLE 63 S Coupe and either the GLB 45 or GLA 45.