2020 Mercedes EQA: specs, price and release date

Revealed in concept form at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017, the Mercedes EQA hatchback is due in 2020

Mercedes is set to follow its first electric car – the Mercedes EQC SUV – with an electric EQA hatchback in 2020, as part of the manufacturer’s plan to launch 10 electric cars in the next three years.

Previewed in the form of the Mercedes Concept EQA at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017, the electric hatchback promises up to 249 miles of range from a single charge.

When it goes on sale, the Mercedes EQA will be offered with a selection of power outputs and battery sizes: the largest of these is expected to be over 60kWh, which will supply electricity to two motors, making a combined 268bhp.

Mercedes says the EQA is "ready for rapid charging", but hasn’t yet confirmed what the hatchback’s maximum charging rate will be. It’s likely to be similar to the 110kW rate achieved by its EQC stablemate on a DC connection.

With a motor on each axle, the EQA will deliver permanent all-wheel drive, with torque of around 500Nm returning a 0-62mph figure in the region of five seconds.

Two driving modes will be available: Sport and Sport Plus. Switching between the two will alter the amount of power delivered to the front and rear wheels, changing the car’s behaviour on the move.

In Sport mode, the ‘virtual radiator grille’ on the Concept EQA displays a horizontal wing, with vertical struts displayed in Sport Plus mode.

Another notable feature of the concept is the ‘laser fibre’ headlight design, which is inspired by the wound copper wiring typically found in electric motors.

No details or images of the EQA’s interior have been released so far, although it’s likely to incorporate a modified version of Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system.

At 4,285mm in length and 1,180mm wide, the Mercedes EQA will be a larger than the Peugeot e-208, which is also due to arrive in 2020.

Mercedes EQA prices and on-sale date

No price details have been given at this stage, with the only clue thus far relating to "scalable battery components". This suggests the EQA will be available at a range of price points, with entry-level cars featuring smaller batteries and less power.

We’re also waiting for a firm on-sale date, although the car’s launch is set to take place in 2020. Mercedes has previously said that it'll launch 10 new electric cars by 2020, as part of a wider plan to electrify its vehicle line-up.

When the EQA arrives, it’s overwhelmingly likely to be sold as a five-door vehicle.