Just like any other automaker that aims to debut its most exciting models at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz seeks to tickle everyone’s imagination. It has now given us a teaser of the EQ A Concept, just a few days after teasing us with the Project One hypercar. During this month’s motor show, Mercedes-Benz will showcase the Project One together with models with the EQ nameplate. The “EQ” name was patented back in 2016, the same year that we saw the Generation EQ at Paris.
The Mercedes-Benz EQ A Concept, as you can see in the photo, is like a minimized version of the larger EQ - an electric hatchback. Also, the EQ A looks a lot closer to production compared to the SUV concept that we saw before it. It’s not like we have seen all angles of the vehicle in the photos, but we can kind of tell. So far, the EQ A’s headlights, grille, and diffuser look like something that you will see in a production car. The one thing that we may not see in on is the LED strip around the grille.
Since this is just a teaser, of course Mercedes-Benz will share with us very limited information about it as well. One thing we know for sure that has been confirmed is that it will be a “small electric vehicle”, which will most likely be a hatchback. During the upcoming motor show, the updated EQ (which is also larger) will join the EQ A as it goes on stage. Both models will feature similar designs and proportions, and may possibly even share the same platform.
So far, we do not know yet what will power the EQ A concept, or what kind of motors it will have. But the SUV version concept was equipped with two electric motors on both axles, which gave it a total output of 402 horsepower (300 kilowatts) and 516 pound-feet (700 Newton-metres) of torque, with as much as 310 miles (500 kilometers) on its range.
Mercedes-Benz’ long term strategy is to come up with a range of electric vehicles, including the EQ and the EQ A. These models shall be slated for production in the next couple of years as well. Moreover, another model that will be joining these two concepts at Frankfurt will be the Smart Vision EQ by Daimler. In fact, it also had just been previewed online a few days ago.
When the EQ A finally moves into production, the small hatchback will be the second all-electric model by the German automaker, and will probably go on sale sometime in 2020.