Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has finally kicked off its “electric onslaught” yesterday, with the introduction of the fully-electric EQA. The compact crossover is launched here in Malaysia in a single EQA 250 variant, priced at RM278,201 on the road, without insurance, and inclusive of the EV and sales tax exemptions.
Based on the Mercedes-Benz GLA, the EQA here does share many similarities to its regular petrol-powered sibling in terms of appearance. There are however several EQ-exclusive touches, including the signature “black panel” front grille, slightly redesigned headlights with a full-width fibre optic daytime-running lights signature, EQ badges, and a new full-width taillights design.
Here in Malaysia, the Mercedes-Benz EQA comes with the AMG Line body kit as standard, which includes sportier bumpers both front and rear, alongside a set of 19-inch AMG twin five-spoke alloy wheels.
While there are several notable changes to its exterior, the cabin of the Mercedes-Benz EQA remains pretty much identical to the GLA, save for the addition of a head-up display, and additional EQ-specific items on the screens.
Speaking of screens, you get the twin 10.25-inch displays here running MBUX, alongside Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, black open pore wood trims, sport seats with man-made leather and microfibre upholstery, ambient lighting system, and a dual-zone climate control system with rear blowers as standard.
As a differentiator to the GLA here in Malaysia, the fully-electric EQA crossover also gets adaptive cruise control and Lane Keep Assist in its safety arsenal, in addition to autonomous emergency braking, Active Steering Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, and Parking Assist.
The fully-electric Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 is powered by a single motor on the front axle, making 190 hp and 375 Nm of torque, for a century sprint time of 8.9 seconds, onward to a top speed of 160 km/h. The motor is juiced by a 66.5 kWh battery pack, offering 429 km of range (NEDC).
It supports DC fast charging of up to 100 kW, which means you’ll be able to charge it from 10-80% SoC in just around 30 minutes. AC fast charging meanwhile is limited to 11 kW, taking roughly six hours to fully top off the battery.