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The Mercedes-benz EQA con­cept pre­views the se­cond car in its EQ electric car sub-brand. Un­veiled at this week’s Frank­furt mo­tor show, the hatch joins the larger EQC SUV, shown in con­cept form last year. The en­try-level car in the EQ line-up will go on sale in 2020 with a claimed 249mile range and a price that, Mercedes of­fi­cials sug­gest, will pitch it against the BMW i3. That model cur­rently starts from £33,070 be­fore govern­ment sub­si­dies.

The three-door con­cept is ex­pected to morph into a more prac­ti­cal five-door pro­duc­tion model with ac­com­mo­da­tion for five and in­te­rior space “con­sid­er­ably larger” than to­day’s A-class.

The EQA con­cept car uses a driv­e­line be­ing de­vel­oped for a range of EQ mod­els. The set-up of two electric mo­tors, sim­i­lar to that in the EQC, de­liv­ers 268bhp and more than 369lb ft for a claimed 0-62mph time of “around 5.0sec”.

Mercedes boss Di­eter Zetsche said: “By 2022, Mercedes-benz will have launched more than 10 all-electric ve­hi­cles.”

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