Mercedes-Benz’s smallest electric vehicle gains new variants, offering up to 215kW and 493km of power and range.

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQA range has been expanded with the addition of two new all-wheel-drive variants – EQA 300 4Matic and EQA 350 4Matic – offering more power, longer driving ranges, and all-paw traction.

However, only the more potent EQA 350 4Matic will come to Australia – with a local launch set to occur by the end of 2021 – with Mercedes-Benz Australia electing to leave the EQA 300 to European buyers only for now.

Powering the EQA 350 4Matic is a pair of electric motors, mated with a 66.5kWh lithium-ion battery to develop 215kW and 520Nm – a substantial over the sole 140kW375Nm e-motor powering the existing EQA 250, due in Australia in June 2021.

Mercedes-Benz claims a 0-100km/h sprint time of six seconds flat, while driving range on Europe’s WLTP cycle is rated at up to 432km, or 493km on the more lenient NEDC test) – a mild increase over the 250’s 426km WLTP and 486km NEDC claims.

The 350 4Matic retains the EQA 250’s 100kW DC charging capability, with its carry-over battery allowing an identical 10 to 80 per cent charge in 30 minutes.

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Meanwhile, the EQA 300 4Matic scores the same 66.5kWh battery pack and 100kW DC charging support, but features detuned electric motors developing 168kW and 390Nm. The 0-100km/h sprint increases to 7.7 seconds, while WLTP driving range drops to 426km in its most efficient guise.

A fourth variant with a “particularly long range” will follow in 2022, with a WLTP figure expected in excess of 500km.

Prices in Germany start from €53,538 (AU$83,200) and €56,216 (AU$87,400) for the EQA 300 and 350 respectively before subsidies are included – a notable increase over the 250’s €47,541 (AU$73,900) sticker.

In Australia, the EQA 250 is priced from $76,800 before on-road costs – and while local pricing and specifications won’t be confirmed until closer to launch, expect prices for the EQA 350 4Matic to kick off above $90,000 before on-road costs Down Under.

Available features on the EQA 250 include dual 10.25-inch interior screens with smartphone mirroring and satellite navigation, 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels, leather trim, heated and power-adjustable front seats, and the optional AMG Line sports exterior package.

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQA 350 4Matic will go on sale in Australia by the end of 2021. Stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest.