Mercedes-Benz's CEO officially confirmed earlier that a new entry-level EV, called the EQA, will be launched in 2020, and we've now got the best looks yet at its design.
Speaking at the reveal of the second-generation GLA, boss Ola Källenius stood beside a preview image of the EQA, showing a bodystyle closely linked to that of the new crossover. "It's definitely a love child" he said, referencing the EV's resemblance to the GLA.
Autocar first uncovered that the EQA would be a crossover, rather than a hatchback as originally expected, when a prototype was caught in an underground car park in Stuttgart, Germany, plugged into to an EV public charging unit. Since then, more electric prototypes have been spied undergoing winter testing with the same bodystyle.
The GLA makes a more suitable base than a hatchback for an all-electric model like the EQA because a higher roofline allows more space under the seats for battery cells to be housed without harming interior room. Mercedes' EQ EV division has also launched its first electric model, the EQC, as an SUV, with the GLB-based EQB soon to follow.
Although the Concept EQA of the 2017 Frankfurt motor show was a three-door hatchback, a GLA-based production car could still take many of the show car's visual cues, including a blanked-off front grile and unique front fascia, along with bespoke front and rear lighting.