After several teaser shots, Mercedes-Benz has finally pulled the cover off the Concept EQA. Looking rather production-ready, the EQA is previewing Mercedes’ electrification strategy in the compact segment.
Mercedes designers say the Concept EQA is showcasing their next evolution of their Sensual Purity design idiom. Essentially, dramatic lines and shapes have been removed in favor of a flowing design that manages to balance the dichotomy between sporty and elegant. Mercedes likes to say the EQA is similar in design to a sporty SUV coupe, but then again, they are always obsessed with SUV coupes.
Nonetheless, it looks good and features innovative lighting features. The traditional grille has been replaced with what is basically a black screen with lighting effects that are tied to the drive mode of the car. This means when driving in Sport or Sport+ modes, the grille design changes to reflect the mood of the car.
EQA drivers may actually want to drive this fully-electric car in Sport and Sport+ modes as well. Mercedes has packed two electric motors in the Concept EQA; one at the front axle and one at the rear. The two work in unison and can tailor torque to the front and rear on an as-needed basis based on the drive mode of the car.
Those two electric motors are supplied power from a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which is enough for the car to go about 250 miles on a charge according to Mercedes. Collectively, the system output is about 270 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque. Stuttgart claims that power will send the EQA from zero to 60 mph in under 5 seconds.
Mercedes says the EQA can be charged through inductive and rapid charging systems, though technical details of how it can juice up are still limited.
The Concept EQA is without question a preview of one of Mercedes’ upcoming electrified models. While the concept version is showing off the technical powers of the new EQ sub-brand with two motors and an impressive zero to 60 mph time, the production model EQA will likely bookend the low-end of Mercedes’ electrified vehicles. This means there will probably be one electric motor on the front axle, while the AMG crew may end up throwing an extra one on the production model.