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Frankfurt – Mercedes-Benz EQA set to rival BMW i3

Compact all-electric model due on sale in 2020

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The Mercedes-Benz EQA, unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show, is set to provide competition for BMW’s i3 electric compact car.

Displayed as a concept, the EQA is the second model in the Mercedes EQ sub brand of electric cars. The production version will go on sale in 2020 and will join the larger EQC model in showrooms.

The EQA uses a pair of electric motors providing permanent all-wheel-drive. It will make use of scalable battery architecture, allowing its output to be increased to more than 200kW – equivalent to 272hp. The range will extend to around 250 miles, again dependent on the battery capacity installed. Wallbox, rapid and induction (using sensors in the road surface) charging methods will be available for the car.

‘Sensual’ body style

Like its EQC sister model, the EQA’s styling turns around the current trend by reducing sharp edges and lines to a minimum for a more curved appearance dubbed ‘Sensual Purity’. A styling highlight is the lighting, that uses laser fibres to produce a spiral-shaped signature.

The car is built on a versatile new platform that Mercedes-Benz will use on all its forthcoming electric models. The EVA platform supports a wide range of packaging including front, rear or all-wheel-drive, and enables the EQ range to be built on the same production lines as conventional Mercedes cars.

According to Mercedes-Benz head Dr Dieter Zetsche, the EQA is indicative of an electric initiative that is gathering pace. “By 2022 Mercedes-Benz Cars will have launched more than ten all-electric vehicles on the market, and the Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA proves that we are serious about introducing electric mobility throughout the portfolio,” he says.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.