EQA concept is an electrified A-Class from the future

2018 Mercedes Benz X Class

The most striking elements are the absence of the front grille - replaced by a huge black panel - and the lighting elements.

Mercedes-Benz's latest EV follows the Concept EQ SUV that made its flashy debut at last year's Paris Motor Show. Besides Concept EIA sounds, well, ludicrous, right?

The EQA previews an eventual production vehicle which will form the entry point to Mercedes' EQ electric auto range, sitting underneath the larger EQC.

"And the Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA proves that we are serious about introducing electric mobility throughout the portfolio".

The Concept EQA's drivetrain consists of electric motors at the front and rear axle offering a total of 268 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. The combined output is 268 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque, which is good for 0-60 miles per hour acceleration of 5.0 seconds.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell combines fuel cell and battery technology with a plug-in hybrid.

The three-door bodystyle has bold front and rear panels, with a "virtual" radiator grille and full-width taillights.

With Sport mode engaged this "TV" grill shows an animated flaming wing design in horizontal layout, and in Sport Plus this changes to a vertically slatted Panamerica-style grill similar to that on the new AMG GT R supercar. Both variants get a bright, illuminated central star to help lead the way.

The Concept EQA can be charged via induction or wallbox and is also ready for rapid charging. They are modular in design, allowing the EQA to have over 60 kWh of capacity on board.

"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 vehicle is simply sexy". The tidy package rides on a 107.4-inch wheelbase and the vehicle measures 168.7 inches overall and stands 71.3 inches tall and 56.2 inches wide. Today, it's showing off the Concept EQA, a small, all-wheel drive hatchback that looks to be directly aimed at the Tesla Model 3 in size and capability.

"Our many years of experience with fuel-cell technology pay dividends in the new GLC F- Cell: its long electric range, short refueling times and everyday practicality of an SUV will make it the flawless vehicle", said Ola Källenius, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

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