Is the Mercedes EQA EV set to launch on 8 July?

On July 8, 2024, Mercedes-Benz India will launch the EQA, expanding its electric vehicle (EV) lineup to four models. This new addition will join the current EV offerings in India: the EQB seven-seat SUV, the EQE SUV, and the EQS sedan. The introduction of the EQA aligns with Mercedes' goal to double its EV portfolio to six models in 2024.

Design and Features of the EQA Facelift:
The EQA set for India is the facelifted version revealed in August last year. It features a streamlined crossover design, differing from the more upright EQB. Key exterior elements include a grille panel with Mercedes' signature star pattern and a full-width light bar at the front, while the rear shares design cues with the EQB.

Interior Highlights:
Inside, the EQA showcases a star pattern on the dashboard and door trims, which are backlit to match the S-Class and EQS design. Expected features for the India-spec model include a touch-capacitive three-spoke steering wheel, a digital driver display, a 10.25-inch touchscreen with the latest operating system, and a Burmester sound system with Dolby Atmos. It offers four sound experiences, such as ‘silver waves’ and ‘vivid flux’, altering the songs' acoustics. It remains uncertain if the India model will include the optional open-pore wood trim.

Powertrain and Range:
Details about the India-spec EQA's battery and specifications have not been confirmed. However, international models provide a guide, with four variants available: EQA 250, EQA 250+, EQA 300 4Matic, and EQA 350 4Matic. The EQA 250+ variant has a 70.5kWh battery offering up to 560km (WLTP) range, while the other variants come with a 66.5kWh battery providing up to 528km (WLTP). Charging options include an 11kW AC charger and a 100kW DC fast charger.

Comparison with the EQB:
The EQB 350 4Matic, already on sale in India, features a 66.5kWh battery powering two electric motors (one on each axle), delivering 292hp and 520Nm of torque, with a WLTP range of up to 423km.

Price Estimate and Competitors:
The EQA is expected to be priced slightly below the EQB, which currently retails at Rs 77.75 lakh. As Mercedes' entry-level e-SUV, the EQA will compete with the Volvo XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge (Rs 54.95 lakh-62.95 lakh), and the BMW iX1 (Rs 66.90 lakh). The Kia EV6 (Rs 60.97 lakh-65.97 lakh) is also considered a potential competitor in this segment.


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