Mercedes-Benz is updating its compact class, and the latest prototype is the EQA compact electric crossover.
The EQA will only launch in the US in 2021. A hasty update is needed, as the older GLA-Class on which the EQA is based will soon receive its traditional mid-cycle update.
The updated GLA-Class was also field tested and is expected to debut later this year as a 2024 model. It will be the new entry-level model in Mercedes’ U.S. lineup following the demise of the A-Class in late 2022, when Mercedes rolls out an updated A-Class range overseas.
The updated EQA should debut alongside the updated GLA-Class, but it’s unclear if it’ll reach the U.S.
EQA is likely to be renamed EQA SUV with this update, mimicking the naming convention Mercedes uses for other EQ-badged SUVs such as the EQE SUV and EQS SUV. The change would also drop the EQA name for the electric compact sedan Mercedes is working on.
2024 Mercedes-Benz EQA facelift spy shots – Credit: Baldauf
Judging from the prototypes, the updated EQA should have a revised design for the grille and internal structure of the headlights. A new front fascia is also likely, and it looks like the taillight interiors will be new as well.
The interior is expected to receive a revised dashboard featuring a new screen running the latest version of Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system. The center console is also expected to be tweaked, with the current EQA’s scroll panel likely to be removed with this update.
It’s unclear if there will be any changes to the powertrain lineup. Depending on the market, the EQA offers 66.5- and 70.5-kWh battery options, as well as a choice of single-motor front-wheel drive or dual-motor all-wheel drive. The most powerful model has 288 horsepower.
Eventually, the EQA, along with the rest of the GLA-class range, will transition to Mercedes’ next-generation compact car platform. Dubbed MMA, the platform is designed to support hybrid and fully electric vehicles. The first MMA-based model is expected to be the aforementioned compact sedan.
The CLA-Class and GLB-Class will also transition to the MMA platform, although the A-Class and B-Class are not expected to do so. Both are expected to be removed after the current models reach their respective end of life.