Mercedes have recently revealed the entry level concept to their new EQ electric sub-brand which comes in the shape and design that looks not too dissimilar from the A-Class. We first learned of the EQA concept back at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017 but Mercedes didn’t give us much to go on – now though with the release of a new teaser trailer, it’s time to find out more about the electric future of Mercedes.
Mercedes EQA Concept: Range and Performance
Mercedes are claiming that the EQA will be able to achieve a range of around 249 miles thanks to the help of a lithium ion battery pack that goes ‘up to 60kWh, although it’s worth noting that this is NEDC so it’s likely the car will actually produce around 200-miles of range after a single charge. Fast charging is also said to be available with Mercedes stating that fast charging will be able to apply 61 miles of range in only 10 minutes.
The power for the EQA concept is delivered by a new driveline being developed for all future EQ models. It makes use of not one, but two electric motors – one being located at the front of the car under the bonnet and the second you’ll find integrated in to the rear axle. Mercedes are stating that it produces 268bhp and will get you from 0-62 mph in just 5 seconds with special thanks to the help of an all-wheel drive system that supports variable torque distribution.
Mercedes EQA Concept: Styling and Design
Although the concept comes as a three-door, the rumour mill suggests that the production version will come in a five-door hatchback guise that will seat up to five people in a cabin that is a lot larger than the current A-Class thanks to the extra room freed up from the electric driveline.
Up front there’s an illuminated black panel that houses the EQA’s laser-fibre headlights which helps it to instantly stick out from all other compact Mercedes models. Aside from its good looks the front end also acts as a virtual radiator grille that’s alters its appearance of the car depending on which driving mode you’re in. For example, in Sport Plus mode the black panel will change to mimic the shape of the Panamericana grille of AMG models.
Mercedes have given the rear end a similar black panel treatment whereby it extends visibly beyond the rear window to incorporate full-width OLED tail-lights. Like with the front bumper, the blue hue featured in the grille is mirrored in the rear bumper using a series of powerful LED lights to give off a futuristic appearance.
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