The Mercedes-Benz EQA has arrived in Australia with a surprisingly low entry price that could make it an attractive proposition for those seeking a capable and luxurious city run-about.
Mercedes-Benz has revealed its all-electric 2021 EQA small SUV will be priced from $76,800 (before on-road costs) when it arrives in Australia this June.
Based on the petrol-powered GLA-Class, the EQA offers a significantly cheaper entry point for electric-powered Mercedes-Benz EVs, with the EQC midsize SUV previously the marque’s sole option in Australia with a price of $141,400 and up (before on-road costs).
Similar to moves made by Audi with its new e-tron large SUV, Mercedes has also included a subscription to Chargefox that will give drivers free access to the growing network of chargers for three-years.
The EQA 250 will act as the launch edition for the SUV, with 426km of WLTP-tested range from a 420-volt lithium-ion battery with 66.5 kWh of usable space.
The battery can be charged at speeds of up to 100kW using a DC fast charger that will allow it to top up the battery from 10-80 per cent in 30 mins, or four hours and 15 minutes using the optional Mercedes Wallbox that accelerates 240-volt home power up to 11kW on AC power.
Under the bonnet is a single electric motor making 140kW of power and 375Nm of torque which delivers a passable 0 to 100km/h acceleration time of 8.9 seconds.
Perhaps more important is what the EQA 250 is like to live with every day, and Mercedes-Benz has made sure the small SUV is fully equipped.
Sitting in the cockpit is a set of two 10.25-inch screens, with one acting as the digital instrument cluster and the other as a touchscreen multimedia display that features digital radio along with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Other features such as a wireless charger, power tailgate along with heated and electrically adjustable front seats should go some way to make the EQA 250 a more luxurious and convenient car to use every day.
For those who still want more, Mercedes-Benz is offering a limited ‘Edition 1’ package that adds a suite of styling and equipment upgrades for an additional $7300.
These changes include sizing up the 19-inch alloys to 20-inch AMG branded alloy wheels and adding an AMG Line exterior trim with more piano black appointed around the SUV.
The interior is also upgraded to Neva grey leather matched with Cyber Cut blue upholstery, with more blue touches in the stitching on the centre console and door cards.
While the EQA is yet to be crash-tested for Australia, it will come packed with standard equipment including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane keep assist and traffic sign recognition.
The Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 is available to order from April with an expected delivery date of June 2021.
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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