German-based carmaker Mercedes-Benz has revealed a new electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) – the EQA.
EQA is the name of the new entry-level model added to the all-electric world of Mercedes-EQ vehicles, says the company in a statement.
It adds that the electric SUV will initially have a range of 426 kilometres, with a 500km model coming later. The EQA will debut in Europe on 4 February, says Mercedes-Benz.
The new EQA is being built in Rastatt (Germany) and Beijing (China). The battery systems for the EQA are supplied by Mercedes-Benz subsidiary Accumotive in Kamenz.
The battery factory in Jawor, Poland, is also preparing to produce battery systems for the compact Mercedes-EQ models. From the spring of 2021, the electric SUV will be available from the European dealerships.
“Mercedes-EQ aspires to take the lead in the field of electric drive systems and vehicle software. To this end, we have defined some ambitious product development goals and resolved to push forward with the accelerated market introduction of new technologies,” says Markus Schäfer, member of the board of management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz, responsible for Daimler Group research and Mercedes-Benz cars COO.
“The new EQA allows us to show the way we envisage e-mobility as tailored to the needs of our customers. We will offer a whole family of EQA models, with output ranging from 140 through to more than 200kW, and with front-wheel as well as all-wheel drive. And for those for whom the issue of range is particularly important, our portfolio will in due course also include a special version of the EQA with a radius of more than 500 kilometres.”
The EQA is being launched as the EQA 250 (combined electric consumption: 15.7kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) with 140kW and a range according to NEDC of 486km.
Mercedes-Benz notes the “double-decker” lithium-ion battery, which sits as a structural element within the underbody of the vehicle, has an energy content of 66.5kWh.
It adds that in order to meet the high standard of noise and vibration comfort, complex measures have been taken to isolate the electric powertrain from the chassis and body.