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Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off the EQA compact electric concept at the Frankfurt motor show this week, previewing a small electric hatch that will be a part of its new EQ sub-brand. One of 10 electric cars Mercedes has vowed to field by 2022, the EQA follows up on the EQ crossover that debuted at the Paris motor show last fall, kicking off Mercedes’ electric car subsidiary.

The EQA concept is designed to show what an electric hatchback can offer luxury EV buyers, with the sleek two-door using a flat 60-kWh battery underneath the floor along with two electric motors, one at each axle, to produce 270 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. The figure that prospective EQA buyers will be more interested in is the range — estimated at 250 miles at this early concept stage — but sprints from 0-62 mph in about 5 seconds don’t sound too bad, either. The EQA concept offers the option of wireless charging as well as a traditional plug connection; the latter offers something Mercedes calls Rapid Charging, which can give the EQA a range of 60 miles after just 10 minutes at the terminal.

The EQA concept also previews the EQ brand aesthetic, which was first demonstrated by the EQ crossover concept in Paris. The front fascia of the EQA concept features a wide hexagonal “grille” meant to evoke historic Mercedes-Benz models, able to illuminate in different colors depending on driving mode, as well as narrow swept headlights extending from the front fascia. The rear fascia features a single, wraparound taillight assembly that extends to the rear quarter panels and a relatively large license plate niche.

2017 Mercedes-Benz EQA concept rear

The production version of the EQA is due around 2020.

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“With our Concept EQA, we eliminated creases and lines and reached the next level of purity,” says Gorden Wagener, chief design officer Daimler AG. “With its stunning proportions, seamless flowing surfaces, combined with stimulating graphics using high-tech black panels, it is definitively a bold design statement: This car is simply sexy.”

Since this is a concept, we wouldn’t read too much into the details of the EQA, especially since it’s about the same size as the current-generation A-Class hatchback, but it does demonstrate that Mercedes wants to develop a distinct look for its electric cars.

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