Despite having a smaller battery, the A-Class EV will have a longer range than the EQA thanks to the MMA platform.
Mercedes-goal Benz’s of having an electric vehicle in every segment by 2025 has led to the creation of a bespoke EV architecture for small cars, allowing for an electric replacement for the A-Class hatchback.
- EQA is currently the smallest model in the EQ family
- Will rival the Volkswagen ID.3
- Will have a slim battery pack and no transmission tunnel
In The Compact Segment, One of Four Models is Available
The Mercedes-Benz EQA crossover, an electric version of the combustion-powered Mercedes-Benz GLA that shares its platform, is currently the smallest model in the EQ family. It’s one of four EVs in the brand’s lineup to use a modified version of an existing combustion-engined architecture, alongside the slightly larger EQB, the EQC SUV, and the van-based EQV.
However, Mercedes-Benz is well positioned to take on the Volkswagen ID.3 with a lower-slung premium hatchback that matches the current A-Class for interior space and rivals for range, thanks to the new MMA platform.
The MMA platform is designed first and foremost for EVs in this segment – Mercedes-smallest Benz’s – and will significantly improve the functionality and performance of the company’s entry-level electric vehicles.
The ‘EQ A-Class’ will almost certainly have a smaller battery than the largest cars on this platform due to the packaging constraints of a C-segment car. However, the significant increase in power density, combined with a greater focus on lightweighting and aerodynamic efficiency, means it will outperform the current longest-legged EQA’s 422km range.
The MMA Platform Allows for more Interior Space
Due to the slim battery pack and lack of transmission tunnel, the car will have a more typical spacious and airy interior, allowing it to sit closer to the ground and adopt a less overtly crossover-style stance.
It will also be a more overtly luxurious proposition than Mercedes’ current entry-level cars, in keeping with the brand’s radical repositioning, which will place a greater emphasis on higher-margin models. As Mercedes’ presence in the compact segment dwindles to just four models, it will imbue those that remain with refinement and technology comparable to some of the company’s largest and most luxurious models.
Mercedes-Benz has a Presence in India
In our country, Mercedes-Benz only sells the EQC electric SUV. The C-Class sedan and the Maybach S-Class were recently introduced by Mercedes-Benz.
Meanwhile, according to our sales analysis with automotive data specialist firm JATO Dynamics India, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class emerged as India’s bestselling luxury car in FY22, with 2,839 units sold. This puts the E-Class ahead of all of its competitors put together.