Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA unveiled ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show 2017
BY JACK HOLMES September 8 2017
Recently Mercedes-Benz released the imagery and a quick teaser video of its Concept EQA Electric Sedan. It is set for a full unveil at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 next week. It’s a compact electric car, and it screams hot hatchback from the future.
Mercedes first introduced its electric EQ brand last year at the Paris Motor Show with the Generation EQ concept. Now, one year later, this concept family is set to grow by one. The latest vehicle to add the suite 10 EVs Mercedes-Benz has promised by 2022. It follows the debut of the Smart Vision EQ fortwo Concept shown last month.
If you wonder what does the A in EQA denotes, it denotes the car’s position in the greater Mercedes-Benz lineup. A indicates to the smallest class of vehicles.
The EQA concept sketch lacks real-life inhibitions, like regulatory side mirrors. It borrows its sculptural language and angular doors from the Mercedes-Benz F015 concept that looked more like a Blade Runner prop and the headlights of the EQA concept are similar to last year’s Generation EQ concept, the taillights are significantly wider. They might even use the same OLED technology that debuted in the 2018 S-Class Coupe’s taillights, but that hasn’t been confirmed.
The EQA concept represents the sportier side of the product lineup. At least, the front end styling will probably represent what all Mercedes-badged EQ models will look like when they start going on sale in 2019. EQ cars are also expected to display the mobility plans their parent Daimler has been working on, such as autonomous and connected technologies that are supposed to enable better car-sharing.
Though it lacks the real life inhibitions, within the next five years, we expect a slightly less radical version of it to fill the space that is currently occupied by the gasoline-powered CLA-Class, a timeline that’s shaping up to be an irresistibly compelling era in the car industry. And for Mercedes, it will be a test of how their vision of the future of cars works in reality.
EQA will be completely unveiled next week at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017, so keep your eyes peeled for more information when it’s available.