Mercedes EQA Looks Ready To Take On Tesla Model Y

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Mercedes' answer to the Tesla Model Y is nearly here.

Mercedes was originally planning to reveal the EQA crossover in Q3 2020,but the ongoing pandemic delayed those plans. Mercedes also previewed the EQA with a concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show, so the reveal of the production model is long overdue. Thankfully, it looks like we don't have to wait much longer to see the German marque's answer to the Tesla Model Y.

Mercedes hasn't announced a debut date yet, but these lightly disguised prototypes spied undergoing some final testing by our spy photographers suggest the production reveal isn't too far away. This, then, could be our last look at the EQA in prototype form.

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Compared to our last sighting, these prototypes are barely disguised, with just thin layers of camouflage partially covering up the front and rear fascias. Mercedes' new EV will be based on the GLA, but new headlights and a closed-off grille set it apart from its combustion sibling.

The bumper also looks different on each prototype suggesting Mercedes is testing different trim levels, with the white model equipped with the AMG Line package. A strategically-placed strip of camouflage covering the rear also suggests the EQA will have a full-width rear light bar like the EQA, but we'll have to wait until the camo comes off to know for sure.

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Mercedes hasn't released any technical details yet, but the concept was powered by two electric motors producing a combined 268 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.

Thanks to a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery, the electric crossover concept offered a driving range of 249 miles, but we're expecting an improved range as battery technology continues to improve. Mercedes should announce a debut date for the EQA soon, but a reveal will likely happen early this year. Joining the EQA will be the upcoming EQB subcompact SUV and EQS sedan as Mercedes gears up for a major electric onslaught.

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