Mercedes EQA 2022: Everything we know so far

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With the Mercedes EQA EV, the brand’s smallest SUV gets a dose of electric power.

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The Mercedes EQA compact SUV is set to debut in 2022 and is the German automaker’s first electric vehicle. One of a growing number of electric vehicles being produced by Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart.

But even though it’s unlikely to arrive in the US anytime soon, it still has some excellent specs and an inexpensive price point. If you’re looking for Mercedes-Benz luxury and high-tech features but don’t want to shell out for the EQS model, this is a fantastic option.

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Check out our Mercedes EQA buying guide.

2022 Mercedes-EQA price and release window

When it comes to the EQA’s accessibility, there are both good and bad news. However, it was available in Europe earlier this year, which is fantastic. Prices for the EQA start at £44,495 on the Mercedes-Benz UK website.

That works out to about $62,026 at today’s currency rate. The top-of-the-line EQA 350 AMG Line retails for £49,995 (roughly $70,000) according to Techradar(opens in new tab).

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Unfortunately, the EQA is not currently available in the US. There is, however, a silver lining. If Car and Driver is correct, Mercedes is planning to bring the EQA over to the US in 2022.

According to the newspaper, the EQA’s MSRP is expected to be around $57,000. Consider federal and state tax benefits, which might significantly lower the starting price.

2022 Mercedes-EQ EQA design and interior  

The EQA is the electric variant of the GLA compact SUV, as its name implies. There are certain design differences that help separate the two vehicles, but the overall shape and dimensions of the vehicle are nearly identical to its internal combustion counterpart. Behind the one-bar grille and Mercedes star logo, a solid black panel has been installed to fill in the previously vacant region.

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Fiber optics connect the daytime running lights to the strip above. To further accentuate the fact that the EQA isn’t your normal Mercedes, the LED headlamp casings have blue accents. On the rear liftgate, the taillights are linked by a lightbar that extends from one end to the other, creating a continuous strip of light.

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The EQA’s wheels, even if they don’t change much, will be a dead giveaway. Two and three-tone finishes are both available, as are sizes up to 20 inches. Rose gold and blue embellishments can be found on some designs.

The interior of the EQA conveys its message in a more subdued manner. On the instrument and infotainment screens of the EQA, there may be blue and rose gold accents, depending on the model’s setup. Edition 1 seats have perforations that reveal blue fabric underneath.

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2022 Mercedes-EQ EQA driver aids and safety features

MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) manages all aspects of the vehicle’s infotainment system, from basic settings to complex user requests. With Electric Intelligence, a driver can choose the most efficient route to a specific destination while taking into consideration changes in traffic or driving style and factoring in essential stop-offs to recharge the vehicle.

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All EQA models come standard with Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Brake Assist. Mercedes offers a package of driving assistance tools that includes a number of different types of alerts. When the door is opened, for example, the driver is alerted to the presence of a pedestrian or bike. You shouldn’t be shocked if if the EQA makes its way to the US, you’ll be able to get it with a Driver Assistance Package like the GLA’s, which includes Active Lane Change Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, and Evasive Steering Assist.

2022 Mercedes-EQ EQA battery, range and performance

A 66.5-kWh battery pack powers the EQA 250’s electric motor. The EQA 250’s front wheels receive 187 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque from the engine. A 400-volt DC fast charger should only take 30 minutes to charge the battery from 10% to 80% capacity.

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Mercedes did the math and came up with a figure of around 300 miles for the EQA 250 in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). If Mercedes decides to market the EQA in the United States, expect a different, and possibly lower, figure from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The EQA is still in its infancy. It’s possible that Mercedes may add a variant with a longer driving range and one with 268 horsepower and all-wheel drive.

Despite being more powerful, the EQA 250 is no Mercedes-Benz AMG. 8.9 seconds to 62 mph, and an electrical wall at 99mph slow it down.

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2022 Mercedes-EQ EQA outlook

The Mercedes-EQ family of automobiles will grow much like the standard Mercedes portfolio has. There will be an EQE sedan and an EQE SUV in the future. The EQS has an SUV version, too. We’ll have to wait and see whether any form of EQA model is implemented in the United States.

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