Mercedes-Benz gives very little in the way of details, apart from telling us that that the concept will be a “small electric vehicle;” most likely a hatchback. The EQ A will be joined the slightly larger, and likely updated EQ concept on stage in Frankfurt, the two sharing a similar design and proportions, and possibly even a platform.
From the shots and video, we can see that the EQ A is the new variant from the automaker’s electric “skateboard” platform, dubbed Modular Electric Architecture. The first production model from the MEA platform is widely expected to be a crossover-type vehicle called EQ C that will take on the Tesla Model Y and electric BMW X3, which is due to arrive next year.
According to Mercedes-Benz, the EQ sub-brand will become the backbone of the company’s EV lineup, with as many as four cars coming onto the scene before 2020. The technology will also likely be used in hybrid setups throughout the rest of Mercedes-Benz’s lineup, although the first hybrid we’ll see is the Formula 1-derived Project One, which won’t likely have any shared components due to its race history.