Mercedes-Benz has chosen Continental tyres as original equipment for its Mercedes EQA. The full electric SUV will roll from the line on Continental EcoContact 6 tyres in 18- to 20-inch rim diameters, depending on the feature package. For customers desiring a winter tyre, Mercedes is also offering the WinterContact TS 850 P.
The EQA wears the EcoContact 6 in the following dimensions: 235/55 R18 100T; 235/50 R19 103T; 235/45 R20 100T. The WinterContact TS 850 P is available in 215/60 R18 98T.
Continental says it has lowered the rolling resistance of the EcoContact 6 by 15 per cent compared with the previous model. A rubber compound optimised for low rolling resistance reduces the amount of tyre deformation that occurs when driving, and for electric vehicles this lower energy dissipation can increase range by three to four per cent. Continental also states that the EcoContact 6 offers short braking distances, excellent cornering stability even at high speeds and good mileage potential.
The WinterContact TS 850 P for the Mercedes EQA comes with Continental run-flat technology as standard, and this is also available for the EcoContact 6 as an option. In case of tyre damage, it prevents the sidewall from getting trapped between the road and the rim, in which case the tyre can slip off. Drivers can thus continue for up to 50 miles following tyre damage.