Mercedes EQA

Three-door EV show car to morph into five-door for pro­duc­tion Set to of­fer up to 268bhp

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Con­cept pre­views all-elec­tric hatch­back due in 2020

MERCEDES is pre­view­ing an all-elec­tric hatch­back with its other Frank­furt Mo­tor Show star, called the Con­cept EQA.

The new model is a com­pact three-door that mea­sures 4,285mm in length and 1,180mm in width; so slightly shorter, but wider than the cur­rent A-class. It has a longer wheel­base than Mercedes’ reg­u­lar hatch, though, at 2,729mm.

Much of the show model’s styling is ex­pected to make it through to a five­door pro­duc­tion car, which is due to go on sale in 2020. It gets an in­tri­cate head­light de­sign that’s meant to repli­cate the wound cop­per of an elec­tric mo­tor.

The Con­cept EQA also pre­views a tech­ni­cal set-up that’s likely to be closely matched by the pro­duc­tion model. It uses a pair of elec­tric mo­tors – one placed at each axle – to de­liver four-wheel drive.

To­tal power out­put of the sys­tem can vary de­pend­ing on how big a bat­tery is in­stalled, but the most pow­er­ful ver­sion will have more than 268bhp. There’s over 500Nm on tap, too, giv­ing the car a 0-62mph time of about five sec­onds. The range de­pends on the bat­tery, but Mercedes claims a fig­ure of around 250 miles.

The car has two op­er­at­ing modes – Sport and Sport plus – which al­ter the front/rear torque dis­tri­bu­tion. In Sport mode the ‘vir­tual front grille’ shows a hor­i­zon­tal ‘wing’, while Sport Plus switches the dis­play to ver­ti­cal struts, in the same style as AMG’S Panamer­i­cana ra­di­a­tors.

“The more pow­er­ful ver­sion will have more than 268bhp”

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