There have been some fairly thrilling electrical and autonomous idea vehicles on the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. BMW had its i Vision Concept, Audi had its Aicon and Honda had its lovely Urban EV. These have been all fairly attention-grabbing vehicles, even when they weren’t historically thrilling. Nevertheless, there was one automobile firm that upset a bit, not less than for me, personally, and that was Mercedes-Benz. BMW’s largest rival introduced was is probably going probably the most boring electrical idea automobile to Frankfurt within the Mercedes-Benz EQA Idea.
It’s basically an electrical hatchback with a display screen for a grille. The latter bit is it’s largest celebration trick and it’s a gimmick. Basically, the grille is only a display screen that may change to indicate varied totally different photos. Throughout regular driving, it’s going to present a digital illustration of the normal Mercedes grille. It appears to be like advantageous. Should you swap to Sport Mode, although, the grille adjustments to indicate a “flaming wing” design. Cool. Admittedly, the following half I type of like, as for those who swap to Sport Plus mode, the grille adjustments to the model’s Panamericana grille with pink vertical slats. A bit gimmicky, however I really type of like that final bit.
The remainder of the automobile, although, is simply an electrical hatchback. It has a an electrical motor at every axle, like each different EV idea, with a complete energy output of 268 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. Which is okay. Mercedes claims Zero-60 mph in about 5 seconds, which is definitely fairly fast, round two seconds sooner than the BMW i3. So it’s not dangerous simply type of “meh”.
Outdoors, the styling is simply boring, although. That is an electrical idea automobile, Mercedes, make it seem like one thing from the longer term. As a substitute, it appears to be like like a present A-Class hatch with some blue stripes on it. Apparently, Mercedes calls the design language “Sensual Purity”, which evokes photos of MB designers carving it out of clay like Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in Ghost. The rear gentle bar appears to be like type of cool, although.
This automobile additionally exhibits us Mercedes’ upcoming naming scheme for its EVs. Very like its SUVs, the primary two letters signify the kind of automobile it’s (“GL” for SUV and “EQ” for electrical automobile) and the final letter represents its class household. So that is an “EQA”, because it’s an electrical automobile within the A-Class household of vehicles. Very like the GLA-Class is an SUV in the identical A-Class household and the GLC-Class is an SUV within the C-Class household.
Possibly I’m simply upset with the EQA as a result of excessive expectations from the model, because the Mercedes-AMG Project One that accompanied it was such an superior automobile. I suppose an F1-derived hybrid hypercar makes up for a generic EV hatchback with a elaborate grille, although.