The production Mercedes EQA will have a different body style than the original concept car.
Next year marks a new era for Mercedes with the launch of its first-ever electric vehicle, the EQC. This is just the start of the German automaker's EV onslaught, as it will later be joined by the EQS luxury sedan and the EQB crossover.
Our spies have now caught a new entry-level EQA undergoing cold-weather testing in snowy Sweden, which was previewed by the stunning Mercedes EQA Concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show. But while the concept was a three-door hatchback, the production model will be a compact crossover. Think of it as the electric equivalent of the all-new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA.
The Mercedes EQA shares its styling cues with the combustion-powered GLA, but there are some changes to distinguish it. At the front, the EQA has different headlights and a closed-up grille that looks similar to the one on the EQC. The front bumper will also have a new design to set the EQA apart from the combustion model as well as make it more aerodynamic.
At the back, the most noticeable difference will be an LED stripe positioned between the rear lights. We can also see that the license plate position has moved down to the rear bumper.
The Mercedes EQA will be based on the same platform as the EQB and is expected to pack a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery that will enable the entry-level electric crossover to deliver a driving range of 249 miles on a single charge. When using a high-voltage system, Mercedes claims the EQA Concept can add 62 miles of range in just 10 minutes. As for performance, the EQA Concept uses two electric motors producing a combined 268 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to hit 0-62 mph in five seconds.
During the new GLA's reveal, Mercedes confirmed the EQA will debut sometime in 2020, most likely at either the 2020 Geneva Motor Show in March or the 2020 Paris Auto Show in September.