The Mercedes EQA gets a larger 71 kWh battery which improves its range to 335 miles per charge
The range per charge is probably still one of the most important criteria for prospective buyers of a brand-new electric car or SUV. After main competitors like Volkswagen have considerably upped their EV game over the past year, the well-known German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz has now followed suit and officially announced an upgraded model variant of its compact electric SUV named EQA in Europe.
According to a German report by InsideEVs, the battery of the new Mercedes EQA 250+ has a usable capacity of 71 kWh which results in a projected range of up to 335 miles per charge in reference to the widely utilized WLTP standard. This is a significant improvement in comparison to the regular EQA 250 and its rather short 266 miles of range, but the new upgraded model variant of the compact electric SUV also offers slightly more torque at 284 lb-ft despite being equipped with the same electric motor.
However, the 188 electric horsepower and 10 to 80% charging time of 32 minutes remain unchanged for the Mercedes EQA 250+. Furthermore, its acceleration apparently suffers a bit from the added weight of the larger battery pack, which results in a 0 to 62 mph time of 9.1 instead of 8.9 seconds on the base model. The starting price of the new model variant of Mercedes' compact SUV is also significant higher than the base model, and at almost €56,000 (about US$60,773) in Germany, it is nearly as expensive as the more powerful EQA 350 4Matic. As always, the availability of the Mercedes EQA 250+ may vary by region, as the compact SUV is primarily designed for the European market.