• Mercedes-Benz has revealed a new entry-level model to the all-electric EQ range, the Mercedes-Benz EQA.

    The EQA takes on the same crossover characteristics of the GLA it’s based on, with the added inclusion of a light strip on the front and rear, as well as sharing the typical Mercedes-EQ front end design with a “black panel” radiator grille. Alongside the panel grille, the EQA also has aerodynamically efficient front and rear aprons, a smooth, almost completely enclosed underbody and specially optimised Aero wheels to contribute toward to the vehicles low wind resistance – something that is particularly important with electric vehicles.

    The EQA is being launched in the UK with just the one EQA 250 model, comprising a 66.5kWh battery pack and a single electric motor mounted on the front axle, for a combined output of 188bhp and 375Nm of torque. Mercedes says the EQA 250 will have a 0–62mph time of 8.9 seconds and a top speed of 99mph. The entry-level model will also have a maximum range of 302 miles, although this has been recorded under the older NEDC testing regime and not the current WLTP standard.

    The Mercedes-Benz EQA is set to go on sale in February, with UK pricing and spec still to be confirmed. For comparison sake, prices in Germany start €47,540.50 in Europe (approximately £42,000 before a UK government grant).

 

  • Porsche has launched a cheaper, entry-level version of the all-electric Porsche Taycan.

    The model sits beneath the Taycan 4S, Turbo and Turbo S in the model range hierarchy and instead opts for a dynamic rear-wheel drive chassis, with a single electric motor on its rear axle.

    The base-model Taycan is available with two sizes of battery, offering up to 301 miles range (WLTP) and a constant output of 322bhp. Regardless of battery pack, this new Taycan has the same 0–62mph time of 5.4 seconds and a 143mph top speed.

    The base Porsche Taycan is available to order now, with prices starting from £70,745 (OTR). First deliveries are expected to arrive in March.