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2021 Mercedes-Benz EQA spied

The smallest and most affordable electric Mercedes-Benz is getting closer to production, and it looks very familiar.

3 months ago
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Derek Fung
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The Mercedes-Benz EQA, the company’s smallest electric car yet, has been spotted undergoing testing in Germany.

While the upcoming EQS range-topping sedan rides on an all-new dedicated electric car platform, the EQA uses the MFA II front- and all-wheel drive architecture shared with the more traditionally powered A-Class, GLA, GLB, and CLA ranges.

The EQA seems to be a GLA crossover with revised front- and rear-end designs. The door skins, as well as the rear quarter windows, look to be shared between the two vehicles.

At the front there’s a unique bumper, as well as a smoother bonnet without the power bumps found on the GLA. The EQA also has headlights that are smaller and rounder.

They flank a large fake grille — or “virtual grille” in Mercedes-Benz parlance — which should be largely black glossy plastic with a large illuminated three-pointed star in the middle.

Out the rear, the EQA has its licence plate holder moved from the tailgate to the bumper. This enables it to have a red strip, probably fitted with LED lighting, running the full width of the car.

Details about the EQA’s powertrain have yet to be revealed, but the 2017 Concept EQA had a dual-motor electric powertrain with a total of 200kW.

That said, though, the Concept EQA was a slinky electric three-door version of the current A-Class hatch rather than a more family-friendly crossover.

Mercedes-Benz is also working on a new EQB model, which will be based on the larger three-row GLB crossover.

Both the EQA and EQB will likely share drivetrain and battery options. Rumours indicate the EQB will be available with a battery pack allowing for 500km of driving between charges.