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Mercedes-EQ, EQA 250, Edition 1, driving shot, digital white. EQA 250 (combined power consumption: 15.7 kWh/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)

Mercedes-EQA: Electric Athlete in Compact Form

EQA is your entry into the all-electric world of Mercedes-EQ vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa has launched its local EQ product offensive with the introduction of the all-new EQA sports SUV. As the entry point to the all-electric world of Mercedes-EQ vehicles, the EQA delivers Progressive Luxury, thrilling driving characteristics and a smooth, powerful and efficient electric powertrain.

The EQA has launched as the EQA 250 with 140 kW and a range according to WLTP of 429 km. The “double-decker” lithium-ion battery, which sits as a structural element within the underbody of the vehicle, has an energy content of 66.5 kWh. In order to meet the high standard of noise and vibration comfort that is such a hallmark of the Mercedes-Benz brand, complex measures were taken to isolate the electric powertrain from the chassis and body. Numerous damping measures enhance this effect.

Electro-aesthetics signal Progressive Luxury

The EQA features the black panel radiator grille with central star that is the hallmark of Mercedes-EQ. A further distinctive design feature of the all-electric world of Mercedes-EQ vehicles is the continuous light strip at front and rear. A horizontal fibre-optic strip connects the daytime running lights of the full-LED headlamps, ensuring a high level of recognisability both in daylight and at night. The inside of the headlamps is finished to a high level of quality, detail and precision. Blue colour highlights within the headlamp reinforce the signature Mercedes-EQ appearance.

The LED tail lamps merge seamlessly into the tapered LED light strip, thus underlining the impression of width in the rear view of the EQA. The licence plate has also been relocated to the bumper. Exclusive to this model are light-alloy wheels in a bi- or tri-colour design, up to 20 inches in size, in some cases with rosé gold-coloured or blue decorative trim.

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An indication of the electric character in the interior of the EQA is provided, depending on the design and equipment line, by a new-style back-lit trim element and rosé gold-coloured decorative trim on the ventilation outlets, seats and the vehicle key. The instruments, with their electric car-specific displays, pick up on the same colour scheme with rosé gold-coloured and blue highlights.

Efficiency is the key factor

With a Cd value from 0.28, the EQA is notably aerodynamically efficient. Among the most important aerodynamic measures are the completely closed cooling air control system in the upper section, aerodynamically optimised front and rear aprons, a very smooth, almost completely enclosed underbody, specially designed Aero wheels and specifically adapted front and rear wheel spoilers.

The standard heat pump forms part of the sophisticated thermal management system. With its numerous innovative details, such as the reuse of the waste heat from the electric drive system, the system is configured for exceptional efficiency and thus maximum range.

Fuss-free charging with EQA

The Combined Charging System (CCS) with Combo-2 plug enables flexible charging with direct current (DC) at rapid charging stations at up to 100 kW, plus with alternating current (AC) at a domestic socket or at up to 11 kW via the Wallbox. (times will vary according to charger specifications).

Charging with alternating current (AC) at public charging stations or at a (11kW) Wallbox from 10 to 100% takes approximately six hours. Meanwhile, charging with direct current (DC) at rapid charging stations (up to 100 kW) from 10 to 80% takes only 30 minutes (times will vary according to charger specifications).

Superior level of equipment, instruments with displays specific to Mercedes-EQ

Included as standard is the intuitively operated MBUX infotainment system (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). MBUX can be individually configured with the help of various options. Key advantages of the system: the powerful computer, brilliant screens and graphics, customisable presentation, full-colour head-up display (optional equipment), navigation with augmented reality (optional equipment), learning software and voice control activated by the keyword “Hey Mercedes”. It is also possible to set the pre-entry climate control for the interior of the EQA before starting. This function is controlled directly from the MBUX infotainment system or via the Mercedes me App.

The Mercedes-EQ tile in the media display can be used to call up menus relating to charging options, electrical consumption and energy flow. The display within the instrument cluster is a wattmeter rather than a rev counter. The upper section shows the percentage of power used, the lower section the recuperation. The instrument can be used to show whether the destination can be reached without an interim charging stop. The colours change according to the driving situation: During a boost process, for example, the display changes to white. Depending on mood, or to match the particular interior, the user has a choice of four different styles.

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