In 2017, Mercedes-Benz introduced the EQA moniker on a bijou all-electric hatchback concept clearly based on the then-upcoming W177 A-Class. Evidently, Stuttgart’s priorities have shifted in the intervening years, as the company teased the production version during the digital unveiling of the new GLA, and surprise, surprise – the car has morphed into yet another SUV.

As you can see, the sole image shows that the real EQA will be closer in look to its petrol-powered sibling than the show car, with a longer body, a raised ride height and five doors compared to the concept’s three. Beyond that, not much can be discerned due to the camouflage applied, but expect the usual EQ design hallmarks.

These include tapered headlights with a full-width strip, a large, blanked-off grille, full-width tail lights, a bumper-mounted rear number plate recess (rather than on the tailgate on the GLA) and plenty of contrasting gloss black trim and blue accent lighting to mark its zero-emissions status.

No technical details have been revealed just yet, but expect the EQA to have a range of around 480 km. The EQA won’t be the only electric compact car from Mercedes-Benz, as previous spyshots have also revealed the presence of a slightly larger EQB, based on the GLB.

GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz EQA spyshots