The new Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA joined the EQC headlining this year's Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, and presented Daimler's new design language of the brands's upcoming EV series.

While the EQC is scheduled to arrive to the market in 2019, the timetable of the EQA has to yet determined, although the electric compact is coming at some point.

On of the strong points of the EQA is an all-wheel drive power-train, which is able to reach 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in around five seconds. Mercedes uses two motors, good for a total system output of over 200 kW and 500 Nm of torque.

The battery of more than 60 kWh should be adequate, although we still think it could stand to be a touch more for such premium brand as Mercedes talks about a ~400 km/249 mile range on the NEDC scale...or about ~320km/200 miles real world.  But perhaps there will yet be a couple range options available when it finally launches.

Charging on the other hand, will bring some luxury with a wireless charging option.

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA specs:

  • more tha 60 kWh battery
  • more than 249 miles (400 kilometers) NEDC range (probably more like 200 miles /321 km real world/EPA driving)
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mpg) in 5 seconds
Here is how describes the design of the EQA:

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

"With its two-box design and its short overhangs, the Concept EQA (length/width/height: 4285/1810/1428 mm; wheelbase: 2729 mm) has dynamic and compact proportions. Short overhangs, particularly at the rear, and the shallow greenhouse, which is positioned well back, emphasise the volume of the vehicle body, while the integration of modern graphics creates a unique, sporty character. The alubeam paint finish produces a powerful contrast with the black panoramic glass roof and with the black panels. The muscular wheel arches emphasise the exclusive 20-inch wheels.

Instead of a conventional radiator grille, the show car features a black panel with integrated LED matrix at the front, flowing seamlessly out of the bonnet. This black panel is a virtual radiator grille which can completely change in appearance: the Concept EQA shows the surrounding world which drive program the driver has selected via an animated design in the virtual grille. In the "Sport" drive program the grille depicts a flaming wing in horizontal format, while in "Sport Plus" mode vertical struts in the style of a Panamericana radiator grille are displayed. Common to both grille variants is the illuminated central star.

The headlamps are seamlessly embedded in the black panel grille and, together with the animated 3D grille, produce the new EQ face. The signet of the daytime running lamps reflects the hallmark Mercedes-Benz look. This underlines the feel of effortless superiority and sportiness. The blue lines are continued in the bumpers, giving the vehicle a lower-slung look.

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

When it comes to the light technology, Mercedes-Benz has opted for laser fibres. Unlike laser diodes, where electrical energy flows into a semiconductor, here a laser-activated medium is embedded in the centre of a fibre-optic cable. This new technology ensures homogeneous lighting of the road and, from a design point of view, creates a three-dimensional look with precise contours. The spiral-shaped light signet underlines the electric concept, its design evoking the copper windings of an electric motor and the animation visualising electrical impulses.

The large, wrap-around rear window extends around the sides as far as the muscular shoulders. Beneath the black window is a lighting strip, which also extends across the entire width of the vehicle, underlining the sporty nature of the Concept EQA. Like the headlamps at the front, the rear lamps also use laser fibre technology and also visualise electrical impulses.

Further black panels at the front (central star and radiator grille surround), rear (bumpers) and sides (graphical element above side sills) of the Concept EQA accommodate LED strips. These are elements of a unique welcome light, which could be activated during the remote parking process, for example."

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA