A year after Mercedes-Benz launched the EQ electric sub-brand at the 2016 Paris motor show, the Stuttgart-based automaker plans to follow it up with the EQ A concept at the Frankfurt motor show. While the brand’s very first concept followed the general outline of the GLC-Class, previewing a fully-electric midsize crossover positioned between the E-Class station wagon and the GLC-Class in terms of size, the upcoming Frankfurt concept will be a small hatch about the size of the A-Class, as its name suggests.
While the car that Mercedes will show in Frankfurt isn’t expected to be a production-ready EV, you can expect the EQ A to target the likes of the BMW i3 and Volkswagen’s future I.D. sub-brand electrics.
What can we glean from this teaser video before the concept breaks cover on Sept. 12? The intricate ribbon-shaped taillight and headline elements certainly look futuristic, but the profile of the upcoming hatch suggests this shot will be fired at electric versions of the Golf, rather than going for an upright-hatch bodystyle of the BMW i3 or the first-generation A-Class.
Mercedes isn’t hinting at battery and range specs just yet, but the very first EQ concept unveiled in Paris promised an output of 402 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, along with a range of 310 miles. Initial production EQ models are due on the market in 2020, and will be the first of 10 vehicles that Mercedes plans to field by 2025 — the first EQ concepts are a hatch and a midsize crossover, two segments popular in Europe, China and North America at the moment.
We’ll get a full glimpse at the EQ A concept in Frankfurt in a matter of days, by which time Mercedes-Benz will have more technical details about its first fully-electric hatch.