BMW will be on the lookout starting now, as its "i" division will be going head to head with rivals in the coming days. According to a report from Autocar, Mercedes-Benz will soon bring some heat as it is geared to unveil an all new electric hatch concept at this year's Frankfurt auto show.
At the last year's Paris Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz dropped hints about its newly conceived "EQ" sub-brand with a namesake concept that will take the shape of a pure electric crossover. The primary EQ model called the EQ C SUV was revealed in concept camouflage as a part of a public debut for the German automaker's electric car EQ sub brand.
For 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the German automaker is working on the next concept that will not feature a combustion engine. And at this time, it will be a hatchback to represent the German automaker's purpose of rolling out a solid threat for the likes of the BMW i3 and Volkswagen's production variant of the I.D. concept. Autocar also further reported that the said hatch will be considered Mercedes' main model for the EQ lineup, which will have no less than 10 variants by the middle of the next decade.
The new electric hatchback will be among the mentioned 10 new EVs that are being developed by Mercedes-Benz under its whopping £8.6 billion programme. Furthermore, these zero-emissions units will flaunt a newly concocted modular platform that's labelled the "MEA", and all of these models will be assembled back at their homestead in Germany, specifically at the German company's Sinelfingen and Bremen's plants. However, some sources stated that the hatchback will be assembled in Rastatt.
Just akin to the previous year's concept, the new hatch will be fitted with a black front grille as a form of separating the EQ units from the German automaker's current top of the line conventionally powered vehicles. The hatch will be imagined with a cheaper starting price compared to the crossover and will probably go on sale around 2020 with a front wheel drive system that is equipped with a single electric motor. A bulkier variant that utilizes a dual electric motor layout and AWD is possibly being planned by the top officials at parent company Daimler for a probable release later in the production time.
German automotive legends Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen are not the only participants in unveiling a BMW i3 rival as another legendary automotive maker Audi is also gearing up an identical city oriented electric vehicle. Rumours ran abound that the concept will be showed at the latter part of this year in a move to preview an electric car that is identical in belief with the avant-garde Bimmer. Furthermore, the i3 is geared to undergo a midlife modification in the coming months as part of a move to bring to the car industry a hotter 13s version that packs a meaner punch.