Marcus De Guzman / Mercedes-Benz, Newspress | September 15, 2017 09:20
Mercedes-Benz gives a glimpse of electric future with EQ A hatchback
Pure electric mobility from Mercedes-Benz is just around the corner it seems. After teasing the motoring public with design sketches last week, the automaker has officially revealed the EQ A concept in the metal at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Billed by Mercedes-Benz as their first all-electric EQ concept vehicle in the compact segment, the EQ A combines a sleek exterior and a high-tech electric powertrain that is capable of pushing nearly 500 Nm of torque.
Beginning with its exterior, the EQ A follows the design of the Concept A Sedan which was shown during the 2017 Auto Shanghai. Sharp edges and long flowing curves dominate the EV which helps the EQ A cut through the wind. With a two-box design and short overhangs, the EV concept is also relatively agile and gives off a dynamic look.
Size-wise, the EQ A concept measures 4285mm long, 1811mm wide and 1,427mm tall. Its wheelbase on the other hand, comes in at 2727mm.
Giving the EQ A its unique face comes courtesy of a black panel that comes with LED matrix lights. It's a virtual grill that can change in appearance depending on the drive mode selected. In 'Sport' mode, the grill displays a 'flaming' wing in a horizontal format. However, in 'Sport Plus', it depicts the vertical slats much like the signature Panamericana radiator star grill. Flanking the virtual grill are laser fiber-powered headlights.
Around the back, a large wraparound glass envelopes the EQ A and extends towards the broad shoulder lines of the EV. A thick lighting strip makes up the taillights of the EQ A and also uses laser fiber like the headlights.
Driving the EQ A are two electric motors that are mounted on the front and rear axles. Each motor drives each axle and has a combined system output of 272 PS and nearly 500 Nm of torque. The unique setup also allows the EQ A to have an all-wheel-drive layout and variable distribution of torque between the two axles. 0 – 97 km/h is achieved at a swift 5 seconds.
Power is provided by a 60 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which allows the EQ A to have a maximum range of over 400 km. Recharging the EQ A can be done with a standard wallbox or by way of a rapid charging station. In less than 10 minutes, the EQ A can be charged to go for 100 km. Besides cable charging, wireless inductive charging is also available for the compact EV concept.
“Our electric initiative is gathering pace: by 2022 Mercedes-Benz Cars will have launched more than ten all-electric vehicles on the market. Concept EQ A proves that we are serious about introducing electric mobility throughout the portfolio,” said Dr. Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG.