Mercedes-Benz is revving up its electric vehicle lineup and is set to unveil a new entry-level CLA-sized EV concept car at IAA Mobility 2023 in Munich. The automaker recently teased a preview image of the upcoming electric car, which is expected to have similar dimensions to the CLA-sized EV model and a maximum range of up to 747 miles.
Riding on the all-new MMA platform, the entry-level EV is anticipated to use a lithium iron phosphate battery pack sourced from BYD. The production version of the concept car is expected to debut in 2024 and will feature a pure electric powertrain system with single-motor front-wheel drive and dual-motor all-wheel drive options.
Mercedes-Benz already has five pure electric vehicle models in its fleet, including the EQS sedan, EQS SUV, EQB, EQE sedan, and EQE SUV. The company is committed to electrification and plans to launch three additional “entry-level” electric vehicle models over the next three years.
The upcoming electric CLA sedan, designed specifically for young buyers, is expected to have a range of 400 miles. Mercedes-Benz is also planning to introduce an electric successor to the GLC for its first mass-market electric vehicle, the EQC.
“There are a heck of a lot of electric cars in the pipeline and EV are definitely the wave of the future,” said Joseph Agosta, (Mercedes-Benz Goes All-In on Electric Vehicles: New EV Architecture for All Cars by 2025) head of the Mercedes dealership board.
The all-new MMA platform supports multiple powertrain structures, including gasoline, hybrid, and pure electric, and features an 800V supercharging system, permanent magnet synchronous motors, and SiC power electronics. The platform focuses on compact and subcompact cars and aims to support Mercedes-Benz’s vision for leading innovation, design, and digital experience in its class.
The new generation CLA-sized EV model is set to launch in 2025 and will use an internally developed electric and mild hybrid gasoline system. The upcoming IAA Mobility 2023 event will showcase Mercedes-Benz’s entry-level market and multiple new concept cars, including the EQXX and Vision One-Eleven Concept, to introduce the technologies that the automaker will use in its future electric vehicles.
Over the next three years, Mercedes plans to launch three additional “entry-level” EV models as part of the brand’s reimagined compact car lineup.
It’s pedal to the metal for Mercedes as the legendary marque charges forward into an electrified future. We’ll have the inside scoop when the new concept makes its big debut this September.