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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.

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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.

2021 Mercedes-Benz EQA spied

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.

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Derek Fung
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Derek Fung would love to tell you about his multiple degrees, but he's too busy writing up some news right now. In his spare time Derek loves chasing automotive rabbits down the hole. Based in New York, New York, Derek loves to travel and is very much a window not an aisle person.

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