2017 Frankfurt Motor Show LIVE: Mercedes EQ A concept [video] image

The German brand is taking the 2017 IAA by storm – particularly with visions of its electric future, considering even the fantastic Project One is electrified – and we’re most likely to see the new EQ A on the streets more often than not.

That’s of course when the stylish prototype turns into a real production series model, sometimes before or early at the turn of the decade. Mercedes is decidedly going down the scale with its latest EQ concepts – following the inaugural Concept EQ crossover, the EQ A is a smaller three door hatchback, joined in front of the live audience of the Frankfurt Motor Show by Smart’s Vision EQ ForTwo Concept – a city shared autonomous electric. Back to the EQ A, the design is being styled in what seems like the design signature of the EQ concepts, with lounge-like styling that exudes relaxation and a futuristic vibe. High tech features include the adaptive grille that gets a horizontal blue line in Sport, transformed in vertical, red slats for the Sport Plus, evoking Mercedes’ Panamericana grille.

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The EQ A also ditches the traditional LED setup for the lights in favor of laser fibers, which include illuminated filaments that Mercedes says resemble “the copper windings of an electric motor.” Powering the EQ A is a duo of electric motors – one on each axle, offering a combined output of more than 268 horsepower (200 kilowatts) and 368 pound-feet (499 Newton-meters) of torque, with the sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) taking just 5 seconds. The EQ A’s futuristic styling and tech goodies are grounded in reality a bit via the 60-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery – in line with current production EVs – that’s good for a driving range of more than 249 miles (400 kilometers).