2022 Mercedes-Benz EQA250 AMG Line launched in Malaysia – 190 PS, 429 km EV range; priced fr RM278k

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQA250 AMG Line launched in Malaysia – 190 PS, 429 km EV range; priced fr RM278k

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s (MBM) electric vehicle offensive begins today with the launch of the H243 EQA, which is essentially the all-electric version of the H247 GLA SUV. Arriving in EQA 250 AMG Line guise, the new model arrives fully imported (CBU) from Germany and is priced at RM278,201.25 on-the-road without insurance.

The asking price factors in the government’s decision to waive import and excise duties for EVs, along with a 50% sales tax exemption that is set to end on June 30, 2022. Due to these incentives, the EQA is only RM7,036.41 costlier than the locally-assembled (CKD) GLA 250 AMG Line. Included is four-year, unlimited mileage warranty and the EV battery is covered for eight years or 160,000 km, whichever comes first.

For propulsion, the EQA 250 has a single asynchronous electric motor that drives the front wheels through a single-speed gearbox. Rated at 190 PS (188 hp or 140 kW) and 375 Nm of torque, this allows the 2,040-kg (kerb weight) EQA to set a 0-100 km/h time of 8.9 seconds and a top speed of 160 km/h.

Said electric motor is powered by a liquid-cooled, 420-volt lithium-ion battery with an energy capacity of 66.5 kWh, which can be recharged fully in five hours and 45 minutes using the vehicle’s 11-kW onboard AC charger (Type 2 connection). Alternatively, DC fast charging up to 100 kW and a CCS2 connection will get the battery from a 10-80% state of charge (SoC) in just 32 minutes. A fully charged battery nets you up to 429 km of zero-emissions driving range following the WLTP cycle.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQA250 AMG Line launched in Malaysia – 190 PS, 429 km EV range; priced fr RM278k

The first 1,000 customers who purchase an EQA will receive a complimentary one-year subscription with JomCharge, which allows them to enjoy unlimited charging at a 50% discount at all JomCharge charging stations.

Additionally, 13 new DC fast chargers will be installed in strategic dealer sites this year, which EQ customers can use at no cost until the end of 2023. Of course, you can also plug the EQA into other compatible public chargers provided by other companies in Malaysia, although an AC Type 2 cable is only provided for this purpose.

While the EQA does share the second iteration of Mercedes-Benz’s Modular Front Architecture (MFA2) with the GLA, the platform has been re-engineered to accommodate the electric powertrain. For starters, the battery is comprised of five modules located beneath the passenger compartment in the centre of the vehicle.

As a result, the floor in the rear passenger compartment is higher than in the GLA and the boot volume is down by by about 100 litres by comparison at 340 litres. Additionally, the electric motor occupies the space where you would usually find an internal combustion engine in the regular GLA, so there’s no front trunk (frunk) available.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQA250 AMG Line launched in Malaysia – 190 PS, 429 km EV range; priced fr RM278k

Styling-wise, the EQA shares the same basic shape and most of the body panels with the GLA, but the biggest differentiator is the front fascia which features tapered headlamps that flow into a closed-off grille, which is finished in gloss black along with the Mercedes-Benz logo.

The standard LED High Performance headlamps (with Adaptive Highbeam Assist) also come with blue detailing to signify that you’re looking at an EQ model, and the integrated daytime running lights are linked by a single light strip running across the top edge of the grille. Moving to the rear, the taillights are also conjoined and sport the same rectangular graphics as the normal GLA.

Our EQA comes with the AMG Line package, which includes a sportier front bumper that features a prominent and wider lower apron, accompanied by slatted corner air inlets. The rear bumper gets the same treatment with corner outlets and upturned trim, the latter highlighting the diffuser fins.

Distinctive as the exterior may be, life inside the EQA should be familiar for those who’ve ever sat inside the GLA. Included is the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) system with twin 10.25-inch instrument and infotainment displays, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support as well as Mercedes me connected services and telematics.

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Other interior amenities are sports seats, with those at the front being powered, ventilated and having a memory function; Thermotronic dual-zone climate control (with rear vents that aren’t in the GLA); an ambient lighting system; a Nappa leather steering wheel; illuminated and EQ-branded door sills; a head-up display; a wireless charging pad; Artico man-made leather/Dinamica microfibre upholstery and black-pore linden wood trim.

The rest of the kit list includes 19-inch AMG five-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, Comfort suspension, Keyless-Go and a hands-free powered tailgate. The EQA also bests the GLA in terms of active safety systems, as it not only has Active Brake Assist (autonomous emergency braking), but also the Driving Assistance Package, Active Distance Assist Distronic (active cruise control with low-speed follow and restart), Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Steering Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Parking Assist Parktronic and Urban Guard.

For the safety of those not seated inside, particularly due to the quietness of the electric powertrain, there’s also Acoustic Ambient Protection that generates sounds outside of the vehicle up to a speed of 20 km/h to alert pedestrians and cyclists.

What do you think of the new EQA? Would you pay the premium over the top-spec GLA for an electric drive system and a more comprehensive kit list? Or are there EVs from other car brands that have caught your eye? Let us know in the comments below. Find full specifications of the new EQA 250 AMG Line on CarBase.my.

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Comments

  • Pak Haji Awang on Mar 10, 2022 at 11:15 am

    Shut up and take my money!

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  • lolipop on Mar 10, 2022 at 11:32 am

    Ionic 5 seems a bargain compare to this half EV design.. thumbs down to Mercedes EQA….

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    • Veyron Owner on Mar 10, 2022 at 12:36 pm

      What do you mean half? This is not a hybrid or Phev. For the branding alone, that pricing makes it more worth buying than ioniq

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      • Half Platform on Mar 11, 2022 at 10:10 am

        Half as in the Ionic 5 is built on a pure dedicated BEV platform, versus the EQA which has been adapted from a platform that also supports ICE application.

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  • Get Ioniq5, cheaper and longer range

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  • The safety spec is what the normal GLA even the base model should get. Pricing is nothing to get hoo-ha about as it is heavily relying on the tax exemption given by the government. But comparing with the recently launched EV by Hyundai, the brand power is the determining sales close factor!

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  • seancorr on Mar 10, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    Full spec EQA. Makes the GLA feel cheap now thanks to the incentives the govt is giving out.

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  • Veyron Owner on Mar 10, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    Compared to paying RM 260k for kimchi ioniq, this is a far more valued car with 2-3 levels of branding atas.

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  • Syahril Pabir on Mar 10, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    Is it me or have Mercedes stopped providing us the choices of exterior colours? Don’t think I’ve read any in the C-class post too.

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  • tricycle on Mar 10, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    Nice, ACC with low speed follow. Supernice.

    Just wanted to ask, if 3/4 of the journey, the car travels above 140km/h, will the range stay at 400km or depleted to 300km or even less? (Let say, KL to Penang)

    What about if above 160km/h three quarter of the journey? Will the 400km range possible to achieve?

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    • Faster will be less on Mar 11, 2022 at 10:12 am

      The faster you go the shorter the range. At 140 km/h, may not even hit 200-250km, let alone 300km.

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    • I believe if you driver faster you’re consuming more energy and that would deplete the battery charge quicker. So your remaining range would reduce as well.

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    • 马拉死呀 on Mar 13, 2022 at 12:29 pm

      你看,马来西亚人的鬼样子还是死性不改!
      开电车还是一样要飞车
      好好遵守时速120不行么?
      非要他妈的开那么快???

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  • Bob Mal on Mar 10, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    As EVs are considered expensive everywhere now we know how much tax was and still were imposed to the 90% citizen of Malaysia.

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  • garfield on Mar 10, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    with practical travel range of 288km…just another toy car

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  • 7yearsfd1 on Mar 10, 2022 at 4:25 pm

    8.9 sprint? i tot these electric pickup with almost everything thrown at 0 rpm going to be fast? ionic seem fast at sub 6sec

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  • azhar on Mar 10, 2022 at 4:30 pm

    260k ioniq 5 0-100 in 5 sec..i’ll take the ioniq..tq

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    • I always found the 0-100 comparison very interesting. It appeals to those who want to drive fast but for the majority of drivers on the road, this measurement is just to mainly compare two models. It does not apply to many day-to-day drivers as many drivers aren’t thinking about hitting 100km/h from a stationary position.

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      • azhar on Mar 12, 2022 at 5:47 pm

        it proves the manufacturer spent more money to make the car perform better on the road..i take comfort where my money goes and it shows when im driving it..the satisfaction i felt are rewarding with the money i spent..imagine driving the eqa & saw honda civic past thru on the traffic light after spent 2 times the amount of money!

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        • So what if honda civic pass by? Or perodua kancil overtake you? Means kancil is better? Will we ever grow up?

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  • Rim curber on Mar 11, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Why can’t we have the dual motor version?

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  • CHEW KOK CHEONG on Apr 20, 2022 at 7:35 am

    To charge an EV, we have connect it to an electrical power socket. Electricity in Malaysia is generated by burning coal or natural gas. So to get an EV going, we still have to burn fossil fuel. Nothing green about this.

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  • A Chan on May 17, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    after over 2 months, the EQA 250 is STILL NOT available to be test driven. no booking online and enquiry at C&C / Hup Seng, all drew a BLANK.

    This is probably the worst ‘launch’ for Benz .

    If product is not readily available : don’t put a hype to it, causing lost of goodwill of buyers.

    Email to Benz Malaysia also drew NO REPLY : such terrible customer service

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  • zztop on Jun 13, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    BMW B47 diesel engine 190hp 400Nm
    Range : 1000++km

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