Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the production version of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show’s EQA concept car will be launched by the end of this year. Rather than being an electric version of the A-Class hatchback as previously thought, the production 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQA will be an electric version of the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.
This makes sense as the GLA’s taller body makes it easier to package the floor-mounted hybrid battery. Remember that the EQC is based on GLC-Class rather than the C-Class.
No further details have been provided but the 2017 EQA concept car was announced with a 272 PS output and 500 Nm torque, with a 0-100 km/h time of less than 5 seconds and a driving range of 400 km. Power is transferred to all four wheels.
The GLA plug-in hybrid wearing the EQ Power badge will be available in Europe by June this year. It will most probably wear the 250e designation, just like the A-Class and B-Class, both of which are also members of the MFA2 platform family, together with the GLA- and GLB-Class.
Currently, the all-new GLA-Class is available in Europe with two petrol engine options:
1.3-litre turbo (163PS/250Nm) with 7-speed DCT: GLA 200
2.0-ltire turbo (225 PS/350 Nm) with 8-sped DCT: GLA 250 (including 4Matic variant)
There’s also the diesel-powered GLA 200d and GLA 220d but neither are relevant for Malaysia.