As recently as a few weeks ago the new Mercedes-Benz EQC, the brand’s first of a series of fully electric models, was unveiled. With the aim of producing more than 10 electric cars by 2022, MBSA has also confirmed that a first edition of the all-electric EQC SUV will go on sale in SA by March 2019 and, in anticipation of the milestone, the local subsidiary brought an electric car to showcase in Cape Town last week to introduce its electric future. It wasn’t the new EQC, but the EQA concept car that was launched at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show. Thankfully, the naming strategy is less befuddling than in Merc’s regular ranges. EQ denotes Electric Intelligence and will underpin the full-electric range while the subsequent letter, in this case the A, signifies a member of the brand’s compact ranges as in A-Class. Essentially, the EQA concept represents an electric A-Class. A new electric aesthetic with new light technology with laser fibres gives the EQA an interesting face. The design i...

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