It's like a cuter EQC.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC will be the automaker's first mainstream electric model when it lands in 2021. While we wait for the EQC to arrive stateside, Mercedes has already confirmed that its next electric model will be a smaller crossover called the EQA. Mercedes first showed the EQA as a two-door concept hatchback but a test mule has already been spotted as a more conventional crossover.
Just as the EQC is similar in size to a GLC, we expect the EQA to be closely sized to the recently-revealed GLA based on Mercedes' nomenclature. Rendering artist Kleber Silva decided to imagine what the EQA might look like when it is revealed as a production model. If the final design looks like this, we'll be pleased.
Looking at the rendering, it appears Silva took the front and rear ends from the larger EQC and grafted them onto the smaller GLA. The resulting design looks different enough from the gas-engined GLA, though it does suffer from Russian nesting doll syndrome with the larger EQC.
Silva calls his creation the EQA 400 4MATIC, using the same '400' nomenclature found on the EQC. This feels like a bit of a mistake because the smaller EQA would likely be given a smaller number like '250' or '300.' Mercedes has only confirmed that the EQA will arrive in 2020 and will be closely based on the GLA. Other details like price, output, and range are still unknown.
The EQC competes with existing electric SUVs like the Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace, and Tesla Model X while this new EQA will battle upcoming models like the Tesla Model Y and Volvo XC40 Recharge. Mercedes will also build another sub-compact electric model called the EQB, which should have three rows just like the GLB. The EQC only has a range of around 200 miles so we hope Mercedes works out how to extract more range from the batteries of the upcoming EQA and EQB.