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.”