Providing a vision of the types of vehicles that will come out of its electric-oriented EQ division, Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off the EQA Concept during the Frankfurt Auto Show. This EV is a take on a luxury compact 3-door hatchback that has a sleek, coupe-like profile with clean surfaces that gives the appearance of being milled from a single aluminum billet. The front is dominated by a large flat panel in place of a grille with a prominent three-pointed star logo with changing graphics that display simply the logo, a blue horizontal flying wing when the vehicle is in Sport mode and red vertical bars that recall the Mercedes-AMG performance Panamericana grille when it’s in Sport Plus.

“With our Concept EQA we have reinterpreted our design philosophy of Sensual Purity and developed the Modern Luxury into a Progressive Luxury for our EQ brand,” said Gorden Wagener, chief design officer of Daimler AG. “We eliminated creases and lines and reached the next level of purity. 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.”

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Inductive charging featured

The EQA is powered by a 60 kWh battery pack that energizes two electrics motors, one on each axle. The combined output is 268 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque, which is good for 0-60 mph acceleration of 5.0 seconds. Mercedes says the EQA has a range of 248 miles and can be recharged wirelessly through an inductive process or with a traditional plug and wall-mounted box.

The EQA has a simple two-box design and 20-inch wheels pushed to the corner which results in short overhangs. 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. The Alubeam paint provides a striking contrast with the black panoramic glass roof, hood and front and rear fascias.

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The lighting system on the EQA consists of laser fibers instead of traditional diodes. This laser-activated medium is embedded in a fiber-optic cable and provides consistent lighting of the road and creates precise contours in its 3D look, giving the vehicle its distinctive appearance.

"The progressive vehicle concept of the Concept EQA combines impressive dynamism with a long range that is ideal for day-to-day driving, and is based on an architecture exclusively developed for the battery-electric models," said Ola Källenius, who heads Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

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