Mercedes-Benz on Wednesday unveiled the 2022 EQA 250 crossover.
The electric vehicle will rival small crossovers like the Tesla Model Y when it hits European streets.
Mercedes is still considering whether to bring the crossover to the US, a spokesperson said.
Mercedes-Benz on Wednesday took the wraps off of its new 2022 EQA 250 crossover, the automaker's latest electric vehicle in its plan to unleash a flood of new EVs in the near future.
The EQA and its big sibling, the EQC, will rival Tesla's Model Y in the crucial and fast-growing compact crossover segment.
The pint-sized crossover's launch comes as Tesla is racing to finish its first European factory to supply the continent with as many as 500,000 vehicles per year.
Europe is one of the most important electric car markets, as consumers in some countries there tend to be more eager to adopt EVs than US buyers, and many countries have lucrative subsidies to entice would-be customers. More than half of all cars sold in Norway in 2020 were battery powered.
The EQA is set to hit European dealerships this spring, while the EQC is destined for the US this year. The EQA is "still being considered for the US market," a Mercedes spokesperson told Insider, though no decision has been made yet.
Both SUVs will join an expanding slate of small electric crossovers set to hit the market in the coming years from brands like Audi, BMW, Volkswagen, and Nissan.
The EQA 250's launch comes as legacy automakers pile into the EV market in an effort to make their offerings more sustainable, comply with tightening emissions restrictions around the globe, and replicate Tesla's success.
The crossover will be just one member of a broad EQ lineup that Mercedes is planning for the coming years. The automaker plans to launch six new EQ models - sedans and SUVs - by 2022.
Learn more about the 2022 EQA 250:
The EQA 250 gets a 66.5 kWh battery that gives it an estimated range of 426 kilometers (264 miles), according to the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure.
The EQA has a front-mounted motor that delivers 187 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque.
It hits 62 mph in 8.9 seconds and has a governed top speed of just under 100 mph, according to Mercedes.
The base Model Y, for comparison, hits 60 in 5.3 seconds.
Mercedes is also planning sportier versions of the EQA with dual motors, all-wheel drive, and around 270 horsepower or more.
There will also be a long-range version with a WLTP-estimated range north of 500 km, or 310 miles.
Customers can choose from two options for the interior: a pair of 7-inch displays or a widescreen version with two 10.25-inch screens.
The first-edition models sport perforated-leather seats with blue accents.
The EQA comes with a sleek, futuristic interior and Mercedes' MBUX infotainment system.
It also features a navigation system that includes "Electric Intelligence," which enables it to plot the fastest route while accounting for charging stops.
Mercedes calls the EQA an "entry point" into its EV lineup, and the crossover will start at €47,540 - roughly $57,500. Mercedes says it'll cost €39,950 (around $48,300) after tax credits.
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