Compact crossover EQA will remain the smallest model in the line-up of the electric sub-brand Mercedes-EQ. The German company has no plans to produce the electrical equivalent of the A-Class and focus on more promising segments of the SUV and on electric.
In an interview with British magazine Autocar, the head of research and development Mercedes-Benz, Markus Schaefer explained why from the initial concept EQA in electric hatchback was abandoned in favor of “battery” analogue GLA.
It turns out the reason that SUVs and crossovers are the most desirable for customers, so while small cars “Mercedes” on electric can not wait.
Mercedes-Benz plans to introduce EQA for the European market much earlier than competitors: the debut model scheduled for early 2021, and this time neither Audi nor BMW will not be able to compete with Stuttgart’s new in the compact segment of the premium all-electric crossovers.
Probably EQA will get the same body as the GLA crossover in the current generation, and the external differences are reduced to design of the front end in the signature style of Mercedes-EQ, aerodynamic wheel discs with blue accents and other bumpers.
It is expected that Mercedes-Benz is almost at the same time will present two compact electrocreaser: company EQA EQB will be, which is electric seven-seat version of GLB. As in the case of models with conventional internal combustion engine, electric cars will be developed on a single platform and receive a common power units.