Mercedes-Benz has unveiled their latest addition to the EQ family at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show (IA) – an all-electric hatchback concept called the EQA. The EQA marks the three-pointed star’s entry in the compact electric vehicle (EV) segment. The concept car also showcases Mercedes-Benz’s innovation in the light technology, compact electric powertrain and EV aesthetics.
The engineers at Stuttgart are exploring a twin-motor electric powertrain – one on each axle – giving the EQA permanent all-wheel drive capabilities. The twin-motor set up is expected to generate an output of over 200 kW (268 hp) and over 500 Nm of torque from zero rpm. Two drive programs “Sport” and “Sport+” alters the torque distribution between the two axles, giving the driver a more dynamic driving characteristic.
The electric hatch is said to be capable of sprinting from zero to 100 km/h in around five seconds and boasts a theoretical driving range of 400 km. As for charging options, the EQA can be charged wirelessly or via a conventional wallbox.
It gets a distinct look as well thanks to its two-box design and short overhangs. The EQA’s footprint measures at 4,285 mm in length, 1,810 mm in width and 1,428 mm with a 2,729 mm wheelbase; roughly the size of the A-Class. Instead of a conventional radiator grille, Mercedes-Benz has fitted an LED panel that will project a different grille design based on the current driving mode. In Sport mode, the grille displays a horizontal flaming grille while Sport+ displays a Panamericana radiator grille, just like its track-focused sibling, the AMG GT R.
The headlamps features Mercedes-Benz’s innovative light technology where a pair of spiral-shaped laser fibres lights up the road ahead while projecting animated electric impulses. If the statement that the EQA embodies the company’s vision for futuristic electric mobility with the fusion of emotively appealing design, we can’t wait for what’s more to come from the brand.