Mercedes EQA Prototype is Conquering the Snow Next to the Arctic Circle

Mercedes EQA Prototype is Conquering the Snow Next to the Arctic Circle

Mercedes-Benz has shared new pictures of the EQA pure electric crossover undergoing winter tests.

Pay attention this is not a hatchback whose concept was unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show, but a crossover: in 2019, the manufacturer decided to change strategy for the EQA.

Now the vehicle looks similar to the Mercedes-Benz GLA. It is even called a “love child” of the SUV.

The road tests are taking place around Arctic Falls in Sweden. Daimler’s engineers are checking the thermal management, traction, driving safety, how energy recovers and the battery charges in the cold.

Mercedes claims the EQA has a 60kWh battery pack for 400 km of range NEDC (closer to 200 miles EPA), a pair of motors with over 268 hp (200 kW), all-wheel drive, 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration in 5 seconds.

Mercedes-Menz EQA. Winter tests_1

The SUV is capable to be charged in just 10 minutes from a DC fast-charger to add 100 km (62 mi) to the range.

Mercedes-Benz will assemble the EQA at the facility in France. To build it, the company uses its experience of making electric Smart cars. A production version will debut by the end of 2020.

Meanwhile, at the upcoming 2020 Geneva International Motor Show, the German automaker will unveil new EQ Power plug-in hybrid models, in addition to other debuts.

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