Singapore - Mercedes-Benz Singapore continues its electric onslaught with the launch of a second, all-electric model, the EQA.
The whippersnapper is an electrified version of the GLA compact crossover and comes hot on the heels of the EQC (Click HERE to read our first drive review of the EQC 400 4Matic), which is an electrified version of the GLC (starting to see the pattern in EQ naming yet?)
With four trim variants expected to be delivered in 2022 (including the EQA 250 AMG Line pictured here, there will also be the Edition 1, Progressive Line and Electric Art), the EQA starts from S$222,888 (at time of writing) and is intended to serve as a stepping stone into the Mercedes-Benz electric family.
From none to two all-electric products (a top-tier third is coming very soon) in a few months, Mercedes-Benz is keen to take on the existing BMW i and Audi e-tron models across a broad price spectrum.
With the EQA, it is the only one to offer an electric option in the hotly-contested compact crossover segment, which also reflects how bullish the three-pointed star is with regards to Singapore's electrification journey.
Naturally, it will also boast familiar utility typical of such lifestyle crossovers, with 40-20-40 split-fold rear seats, good visibility, easy ingress-egress-loading.
The EQA features all the 'EQ' familiar aesthetics: front and rear horizontal light bars, the black panel 'radiator grille', blue-colour headlight highlights and an option of aerodynamically-styled alloy rims that span 19- to 20-inches.
With its twin screens that are now found in the current models, the EQA's cabin is all-digital and can also be bathed in the EQ's signature pure blue hue.
The 426km WLTP quoted range should prove ample for most, with the 66.5kW battery generating 190hp and 375Nm, which is good for an 8.9secs 0-100km/h blast and a top speed of 160km/h.
Tech wise, the EQA also features radar recuperation, which can be engaged using the left/right paddle shifter.
The system supports the driver in terms of anticipatory driving by analysing the road ahead and adapting the level of recuperation accordingly.
Active Brake Assist is also a standard 'safety' feature on the EQA 250, which will autonomously brake to avoid collisions or to mitigate impact.
"We are getting ready to become ‘Electric-only’ and the next embodiment of this strategy has arrived: the new EQA. It is an enticing proposition for Singapore and an attractive entry to the Mercedes-EQ family. In the EQA, we have an alluring, well-rounded product which is set to captivate car owners looking to make their first foray into electric vehicle ownership. I am fully confident that the EQA will be a compelling introduction to electric-mobility as defined by the three-pointed star –luxurious, innovative and with the highest level of comfort and quality.” said Mr. Claudius Steinhoff, President & CEO of Daimler South East Asia/Mercedes-Benz Singapore.
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