The Mercedes EQA and EQB electric crossovers have been spied up close.
After unveiling the production version of the EQC last year, Mercedes is ready to expand its electric EQ family at a rapid rate. Five new EQ models are expected to join the lineup within the next few years as Mercedes has high ambitions to become one of the world's leading electric car brands.
These will include the production version of the Mercedes EQS Vision electric sedan, but Mercedes unsurprisingly wants to capitalize on the crossover craze. Our spies have caught Mercedes testing the upcoming EQA and EQB compact electric crossovers wearing much less camouflage than before. Think of these as electric versions of the Mercedes GLA and GLB.
To distinguish the GLA and GLB from their combustion-powered counterparts, the electric crossovers will sport different headlights and a closed-off grille like the one found on the Mercedes EQC since no cooling is required for an engine. The front bumper will also get some aerodynamic tweaks.
At the back, the most noticeable change is a new LED strip connecting the taillights, and the license plate has been moved down to the rear bumper. Mercedes previewed the EQA with the stunning EQA Concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show as a three-door hatchback, but the production version will clearly be a crossover.
Both models will be based on the same platform, so they should share the same technology. Based on the EQA Concept's specifications, a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery will deliver a driving range of 249 miles on a single charge, while two electric motors produce a combined 268 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. This setup enables the electric crossover to accelerate from 0-62 mph in five seconds.
Mercedes has confirmed the EQA will launch this fall, while the EQB is due to arrive sometime next year. Since the camo is coming off the EQA and EQB prototypes, the electric crossovers could debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, but the 2020 Paris Auto Show in October seems more likely. Alternatively, the EQB could debut as a concept in Geneva or Paris since it's due to arrive later than the EQA.