Mercedes-Benz is about to expand its lineup of all-electric vehicles under its new ‘EQ’ brand with an all-electric compact car to be unveiled at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) next month.
The German automaker confirmed the news today in a press release with the list of new vehicles to debut at the trade show.
Out of the ~100 vehicles that they are bringing to Frankfurt (yes, they are going all out), a few of them will have their world debut at the event.
They are bringing the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE, a hypercar concept, and a new electric smart car concept.
But the most exciting debut will be a new EQ all-electric vehicle:
“A further Mercedes-Benz world première will be the first, fully electric EQ concept vehicle within the compact car segment. With its “EQ” brand Mercedes-Benz will in future also offer compact vehicles with electrically driven power units to consequently make electromobility available for an important target group.”
The vehicle is expected to follow an all-electric SUV that they unveiled last year and aim to bring to production in 2019, which would make it the first vehicle under the ‘EQ’ brand to hit the market.
Several more new EVs are expected under the new electric-only brand within the next few year as parent company Daimler is accelerating its electric car plans by 3 years by spending $11 billion on 10 models by 2022.
The new “compact” EV has been rumored to be a relatively affordable all-electric hatchback with long range. Unlike the new cabriolet all-electric concept that Mercedes unveiled last week, the EQ concepts are vehicles close to their production versions that the German automaker actually plans to build.
The unveiling is planned for September 12. We will report back when we get more information.