The Concept EQA will be based on Mercedes’ new flexible architecture, which will underpin both EVs and internal combustion engined vehicles.
With its EQ sub-brand, Mercedes-Benz is gearing up for the electric future. Now, the Daimler owned premium carmaker has revealed what would be the entry point in its EQ range. Christened Concept EQA - this electric vehicle is a hatchback which is expected to go into production by 2020.
Underpinning the EQA is the German company’s brand new platform, which will not only form the base of all upcoming EQ models - but is also expected to underpin the upcoming fossil fuel powered compact cars.
Furthermore, this platform is versatile enough to power a range of different drivetrains - front wheel drive, rear wheel drive or four wheel drive. Also, the platform’s structure is designed to accommodate up to two electric motors on-board.
The EQA draws its power from two electric motors – one that lies under its bonnet, while the other is integrated with the rear axle. Due to its four wheel drive setup, the car is capable of varying the torque distribution between front and rear - through different driving modes.
This powertrain set up combined is capable of churning out 268bhp equivalent, and around 500Nm of instantaneous twist force. As a result, the 0-100km/h sprint is expect to be dismissed in under 5 seconds.
Running on a 60kWh lithium-ion battery, the EQA is claimed to go about 400km before the battery dies out. Recharging can be done by either conventional plug-in, or by induction means. The German carmaker claims the EQA will run about 100km on a ten minute charge - given a high voltage system has been used for charging.
Mercedes has already invested in the car charging station provider ChargePoint - which should facilitate its plans of making the EQ sub-brand a reality by 2020.