The entry-level Mercedes electric car is getting a mid-life refresh this year
Mercedes is looking to drastically change its line-up of EVs in the coming years, but before it does, the EQA will receive a facelift to keep it competitive with the likes of BMW’s new iX1 and the Volvo XC40 Recharge.
The EQA has been with us since 2021, so this new facelift comes fairly soon in the small electric SUV’s lifespan. Judging by these spy shots the updated model will receive a modest exterior tweak.
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The front of the new EQA will feature a new style of front bumper – likely to be more aerodynamically efficient, and we can see a new grille and headlight signature, too. There’s more camouflage on the rear, suggesting a new rear light cluster and the lower rear bumper may also benefit from a redesign.
Underpinning the EQA is the MFA2 platform that also sits under the similarly-sized internal-combustion engined GLA SUV. Mercedes is investing heavily in its new MMA platform (not to mention three new EV platforms by 2025) that will form the basis of a new entry-level member to its EQ model range in 2024 so don’t expect huge updates to the EQA’s powertrain. That MMA platform could even allow for an EQA saloon – which if the rest of the EQ nomenclature is to be followed would result in a name change for the EQA to EQA SUV.
The current EQA in 250+ form can reach a competitive 311 miles on a single charge according to Mercedes. 300 and 350 versions are good for up to 259 miles so we don’t expect dramatic changes here. Charging speeds for the EQA max out at 100kW, which is a little disappointing compared to rivals like Ford Mustang Mach-E and Volvo XC40 dual-motor Recharge – both of which offer 150kW charging. We’d expect some improvement on this figure for the revamped EQA.
Mercedes’ new MB.OS will roll out in 2024, but the firm says this will debut on an all-new car – ruling out the technology appearing on the updated EQA.
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