The German automaker is ready to deliver a new concept belonging to its newly formed electric EQ subbrand, with the arrival set for this autumn during the Frankfurt Motor Show as a preview for an entry-level hatchback.
Mercedes-Benz has promised a full assault in the electric segment, and next to the EQ crossover it will also use the newly minted subsidiary for a zero-emission hatchback concept set to be revealed in September during the Frankfurt Motor Show, according to reports. The prototype is already being built at Mercedes-Benz’s in-house trial workshop located near the Stuttgart home town, and should preview an EQ model similar to the A Class. The model should then transfer to the series production line around 2020 and act as the entry-level model in the expanded lineup of electric cars.
It will thus become a full-blown competitor for the BMW i3 and of course the expected production version of VW’s I.D. hatchback, which is also mulling an extensive range of electric cars. Mercedes on its own is hinting at the arrival of up to ten electric models as part of its extensive electrification program that would see it complete the roster in 2025. The other known member of the family is the EQ C SUV (name suggested by trademark fillings), previewed in concept form at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Other fillings also hint at the expected arrival of EQ E and EQ S models – as electric counterparts to the well-known E and S Class series.