Mercedes-Benz to Launch EQA EV on July 8

Mercedes-Benz India is set to expand its electric vehicle (EV) lineup by introducing the EQA on July 8, 2024. This new addition will join the existing EV trio in India, which includes the EQB seven-seat SUV, the EQE SUV, and the EQS sedan. The launch of the EQA is part of Mercedes’ strategy to double its EV portfolio to six models by the end of 2024.

Design and Features:
The EQA coming to India is the facelifted version, unveiled internationally in August last year. It features a sleek crossover design, distinguishing it from the more upright EQB. The exterior highlights include a grille panel adorned with Mercedes’ signature star pattern and a full-width light bar at the front. The rear design elements are similar to those of the EQB.

Interior Highlights:
Inside, the EQA boasts a star pattern on the dashboard and door trims, which are backlit, connecting its design language with the S-Class and EQS. The India-spec model is expected to include a touch-capacitive three-spoke steering wheel, a digital driver display, a 10.25-inch touchscreen with the latest operating system, and a Burmester sound system with Dolby Atmos. Occupants can choose from four sound experiences, such as ‘silver waves’ and ‘vivid flux’, which modify the songs’ tone and acoustics. It is yet to be confirmed if the India model will offer the optional open-pore wood trim.

Powertrain and Range:
While specific battery details for the India-spec EQA are not yet confirmed, the international variants offer insights. Globally, the EQA is available in four versions: EQA 250, EQA 250+, EQA 300 4Matic, and EQA 350 4Matic. The EQA 250+ variant features a 70.5kWh battery with a range of up to 560km (WLTP), while the other variants come with a 66.5kWh battery, providing a maximum range of 528km (WLTP). Charging options include an 11kW AC charger and a 100kW DC fast charger.

Comparison with the EQB:
The EQB 350 4Matic, already available in India, is equipped with a 66.5kWh battery powering two electric motors (one on each axle), delivering a combined output of 292hp and 520Nm of torque. It offers a WLTP range of up to 423km.

Price Estimate and Competitors:
The EQA is expected to be priced slightly below the EQB, which currently costs Rs 77.75 lakh. As Mercedes’ entry-level e-SUV, the EQA will compete with the Volvo XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge (Rs 54.95 lakh-62.95 lakh), and the BMW iX1 (Rs 66.90 lakh). The Kia EV6 (Rs 60.97 lakh-65.97 lakh) is also a potential rival in this segment.

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