Mercedes-Benz has been planning on extending their full lineup of electric cars, and this time, it is the new EQ A Concept that they have just unveiled for a futuristic three-door hatchback. As seen at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the EQ A is even smaller than the Vision EQ ForTwo Concept that is great for future car-sharing fleets.
Similar to other Mercedes-Benz EQ concepts, the EQ A has a smooth, rounded shape. It is slightly different with its round nose with short overhangs that lead to a steeply raked windshield and flowing roof that goes over the hatch. Overall, it definitely looks like it has come from the future.
New upgrades had been added to the EQ A such as high-tech bits and pieces. For instance, it was designed with an adaptive grille instead of the conventional ones we often see, and this even reflects the car's driving modes. For instance, when on Sport mode, the grille draws a horizontal blue line to indicate this. On Sport Plus mode, the image on the Panamericana grille switches to vertical red slats instead. How cool is that?
Mercedes also gives the EQ A something different, veering from LED lights, and opting for laser fibers instead. Illuminated filaments were used for the units, which Mercedes intends to look like "the copper windings of an electric motor".
With a pair of electric motors - on the front and the rear axle, the EQ A can carry out as much as 268 horsepower (200 kilowatts) and 368 pound-feet (499 Newton metres) of torque. In around five seconds, it can sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour).
With a 60-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, drivers can travel more than 249 miles (400 kilometers). This can be charged either via plug-in or wirelessly on an induction plate.
CEO of Daimler AG, Dr. Dieter Zetsche said in an interview that the company plans to release more than ten all-electric Mercedes-Benz vehicles by 2022. He also said that the Concept EQA is proof that they are serious about introducing electric mobility to the portfolio.
The EQ C will probably be the first ever EQ branded model that we will see on the road, but that will be in 2019. It actually gets its inspiration from the Concept EQ crossover that we saw last year at the Paris Motor Show. Let us know what you think of this three-door, all-wheel drive hatch with two electric motors.