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2021 Mercedes-Benz EQA review: EV has been hiding in plain sight

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You might have seen Mercedes’ futuristic new SUV without even knowing it, as its subtle styling hides what is lurking beneath. Mercedes-Benz’s most unique electric SUV has been hiding in plain sight. The EQA brings zero-emissions motoring without the out-there styling of similar machines, making the transition from petrol to electricity much more palatable. Here are five things you need to know about the Mercedes-Benz EQA.

YOU WOULDN’T PICK IT AS ELECTRIC

Some car makers want to make a big statement with their new EVs, so they go for styling that’s different to your olde worlde internal combustion engine car or SUV.

The nerd mobile – Nissan’s Leaf being a prime example – and the futuristic techno-wow transformer look – think Jaguar iPace – are two distinctive EV designs.

But Mercedes’ EQA250 looks like just another version of the GLA compact SUV, because that’s what it is. You wouldn’t know it’s an EV until you push the start button and wonder why it’s not making any noise.

IT’S A BRAND

While BMW has its “i” brand and Volkswagen the “ID”, Mercedes has adopted EQ – a wordplay on IQ – to denote its EVs. The last letter references a connection to Mercedes’ regular model lines.

The GLC-based EQC that arrived in 2019 was Merc’s first EV; the EQA is the second. Also in the works are the EQS limo, an electrified equivalent of the S Class, the EQB, EQE, and others, with eight EQ variants scheduled by the end of 2022. Mercedes says that by 2030 half its total production will be pure EVs.

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