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First pictures: Mercedes EQA electric baby SUV

Mercedes-Benz has revealed its new EQA, the latest member of its growing EQ electric vehicle family.

The EQA is closely related to the brand’s GLA small crossover, and will arrive in the UK this spring with an official rage of up to 263 miles. Although pricing and spec is still to be confirmed, the car costs 47,540 in Germany, which equates to a shade under £42,000.

Power comes from a 140kW (190hp) motor mated to a 66.5kWh battery, giving the EQA a 0-62mph acceleration time of 8.9 seconds and a 99mph top speed.

The car features Mercedes’ Navigation with Electric Intelligence system which plots routes to take into account charging times, as well as adjusting for driving style, topography, weather and traffic situation.

Standard safety kit includes Active Lane Keep Assist, Active Brake Assist, while LED headlamps with Highbeam Assist, electric tailgate and 18-inch alloy wheels are also standard.

Further models will be added, according to Mercedes, with a 200kW (268hp) model to be added in the future, as well as a version with a range of over 300 miles which Mercedes will be achieved by optimising efficiency of the entire system, rather than simply by fitting larger batteries.

The EQA is the third electric Mercedes launched under the EQ branding, following the larger EQC SUV and EQV people carrier, and the company has promised another five EQs over the next couple of years, with the EQB small off-roader, EQE and EQS larger saloons and EQE SUV and EQS SUV all in the pipeline.

“The new EQA allows us to show the way we envisage e-mobility as tailored to the needs of our customers. We will offer a whole family of EQA models, with output ranging from 140 through to more than 200 kW, and with front-wheel as well as all-wheel drive,” said Mercedes-Benz Cars COO Markus Schäfer. “And for those for whom the issue of range is particularly important, our portfolio will in due course also include a special version of the EQA with a radius of more than 500 kilometres according to WLTP. The EQA proves that, by using a tried and tested architecture, it is possible to achieve an excellent compromise between performance, costs and time to market.”

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