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