The new Mercedes-Benz EQA has been revealed as the fresh entry-point to the brand’s range of electric vehicles.

Described as a “close relation” of the GLA, the newcomer arrives as the first all-electric member of the Stuttgart-based company’s compact vehicle range.

The electric crossover launches in Europe in front-driven EQA250 form, featuring peak outputs of 140 kW and 375 N.m, plus a claimed range of 486 km. An asynchronous electric motor is sited on the front axle, drawing its urge from a two-deck 66,5 kWh lithium-ion battery and driving the front wheels via a fixed-ratio transmission.

The automaker claims that’s enough for a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 8,9 seconds and a top speed of 160 km/h. The EQA can be charged with a maximum output of 100 kW at an "appropriate" charging station, with the battery moving from 10 to 80 percent in “around 30 minutes”.

Mercedes says further variants “to meet specific customer requirements” will follow at a later stage, including all-wheel-drive models with an additional electric motor (on the rear axle) and more than 200 kW as well as a version with a claimed range in excess of 500 km.

Inside, you’ll find a cabin very similar to that of the GLA, but with rosé gold-coloured decorative elements on the ventilation outlets and seats (as well as the vehicle key) as well as electric-specific display elements. The facia cut-out on the driver’s side is dominated by the free-standing display unit, which is available in two variants: with two seven-inch displays or the firm’s “widescreen” arrangement (with two 10,25-inch screens). Luggage capacity is a claimed 340 litres.