Mercedes-Benz To Unveil Electric Hatchback In Frankfurt, Arrives In 3 Years

2 months ago by Mark Kane 7

Mercedes-Benz EQ concept aka EQ C

Mercedes-Benz is developing a second offering for its new EQ brand, which first debuted in the form of all-electric SUV called the EQ C at the Paris Motor Show.

Mercedes-Benz New EQ Brand Logo

Now, from the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the German manufacturer will present its entry-level EQ A model, which turns out to be a hatchback.

“The new electric car concept, presently undergoing construction at Mercedes-Benz’s in-house prototype workshop near its headquarters in Stuttgart, is said to preview the German car maker’s planned entry-level EQ A. That model is planned to go on sale in 2020 as part of a full line-up of electric-powered models.”

The EQ A apparently will be a single-motor FWD direct competitor to the BMW i3 and Volkswagen I.D., although a more premium double motor version is also under consideration.

2020 was targeted as production timing, while price is expected at around £35,000 ($45,000) in Europe.

“Secrecy surrounds the driveline layout of the EQ A, although Mercedes-Benz hints at a cheaper and simpler solution than the set-up used by the EQ C. That suggests it will receive a single front-mounted electric motor, with drive sent to the front wheels via a fixed-ratio gearbox.

A more performance-orientated set-up, with a second electric motor mounted within the rear axle assembly and providing four-wheel drive capability similar to that seen on the EQ C, is also under discussion, according to sources.”

Other trademark applications secured by Mercedes-Benz for the future are EQ E and EQ S.

EQ C is to be produced in Bremen, while the future EQ E and EQ S will head to the company’s Sindelfingen assembly plant; meaning that the EQ A probably will end up in Rastatt – as Daimler likes to keep its plug-in assembly footprint diverse.

source: Autocar

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7 responses to "Mercedes-Benz To Unveil Electric Hatchback In Frankfurt, Arrives In 3 Years"

  1. vdiv says:

    Well, ok, it should be more newsworthy if a new hatchback to be unveiled wasn’t a plugin at this point.

  2. Rick Bronson says:

    Really?

    In the first 4 months of this year, MB sold 722 plugins & 225 Electrics for a total of 947 vehicles.

    Are they really going to sell this vehicle in higher volume.

    Meanwhile officials raided the offices of MB for the Diesel cheating.

  3. James says:

    I think it’s just hard for fossil companies to divorce themselves from the old profit makers, just like Blackberry could never transition to apple-style smartphones. They were on top of the world, then they were irrelevant, and it happened in a flash.

    I look at Chevy and the weak sauce they have given us thus far. They won’t make an electric car that outruns the corvette or Camaro because they don’t want to damage those high-margin lines. But it’s a terrible long-term strategy.

    1. terminaltrip421 says:

      “I look at Chevy and the weak sauce they have given us thus far. They won’t make an electric car that outruns the corvette or Camaro because they don’t want to damage those high-margin lines. But it’s a terrible long-term strategy.” why would we need yet another overly-expensive vehicle? what we got from them was the best they could do for the price. for most of the world price is the most important factor.

      it appears to have been an analytical firm that gave us the claim of the Bolt losing money on every vehicle sold. that same firm claims that any model 3 sold for under $41k will also lose money. prices all around are obviously still too high. given how relatively new the technology is this really isn’t surprising.

    2. Doris says:

      I totally agree.My view is there has to be a real slaughter among the traditional carmakers with some of them going under until the remaining ones understand that you “really”have to change. So far, apart from Tesla,they’re just doing all they can to somehow slow down the electrification process.I’m not quite sure who is a more adamant EVenemy, oil giants or traditional carmakers. I would probably opt for the latter ones. That’s one of many reasons I’m all in for Tesla.

  4. Jason says:

    This confirms that legacy Auto don’t really understand EV’s

    “..hints at a cheaper and simpler solution than the set-up used by the EQ C..”

    Tesla has about as simple a drive train as it gets and beats the s*** out of every other vehicle in the performance stakes (no doubt it could beat top speed of geared right as well). Old ICE is complex and needs all sorts of tweaks to get better performance, EV’s effortlessly do that in a simple platform. It doesn’t really need torque vectoring and motors on every wheel, just a really simple motor and reduction gear setup.
    Unfortunately it seems like big auto thinks complex means better.

  5. Mark says:

    In the mean time, buy a B-Class “electric drive” (full BEV not a hybrid), available since 2015. But rare.

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