The Concept EQA is Mercedes' first ever all-electric EQ C-segment concept car, powered by two electric motors and boasting an evolution of the automaker's Sensual Purity design language.
Unveiled in Frankfurt, the Concept EQA boasts a total system output of over 200 kW (272 PS), with the permanent all-wheel drive system taking care of the front to rear torque distribution.
"With the Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA, our electric initiative is gathering pace: by 2022 Mercedes-Benz cars will have more than ten all-electric vehicles on the market," stated Daimler boss, Dr Dieter Zetsche.
In terms of design, the Concept EQA has a shape that brings to mind VW's Scirocco while relying on a drastic reduction in sharp edges and lines, as well as the addition of a spiral-shaped light signet. The black panel at the front acts as a "virtual" radiator grille, and changes according to the selected drive program. For example, if the car is in "Sport", the grille depicts a flaming wing, whereas "Sport Plus" brings out vertical struts in the style of a Panamericana radiator grille.
In order to get going, the Concept EQA needs to be charged via induction or wall box, and is also ready for rapid charging. Depending on the battery capacity installed, the concept's 60 kWh battery system offers a range of around 400 km (248 miles).
"The progressive vehicle concept of the Concept EQA combines impressive dynamism with a long range that is ideal for day-to-day driving, and is based on an architecture exclusively developed for the battery-electric models," added Daimler board member, Ola Kallenius.
As for the first series-produced model belonging to the EQ product brand, it's going to be the EQC, scheduled to come out of the Mercedes-Benz Bremen plant, in 2019, and will be based on the Concept EQ exhibited in Paris last year.
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