The forthcoming 2025 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class EV is taking form, with sightings of the electric compact sedan exhibiting coupe-like aesthetics during testing.
This automobile is likely destined to be a part of the upcoming CLA-Class lineup, with a conceptual preview set to be revealed in early September at the 2023 Munich auto show. The vehicle’s introduction to the market is anticipated for around 2025, suggesting its availability as either a 2025 or 2026 model.
The forthcoming CLA-Class, along with other cars in Mercedes’ revamped compact series, will be constructed on a freshly engineered platform dubbed the MMA (Mercedes Modular Architecture). This platform will be compatible with both hybrid and all-electric powertrains and represents Mercedes’ final platform conceived for gasoline engines. Every platform designed by Mercedes henceforth will cater exclusively to electric vehicles, in line with the company’s commitment to becoming fully electric by 2030.
The MMA platform is expected to give rise to its inaugural model around 2025, which is likely to be the successor to the current CLA-Class. Over time, this platform will be adapted for all Mercedes models up to and encompassing the C-Class segment. For medium to large models, the MB.EA platform will be employed, while high-performance AMG models will utilize the AMG.EA platform, and the Van.EA platform will be reserved for light commercial vehicles.
Various reports suggest that the upcoming CLA-Class will provide the option between electric and mild-hybrid engines, without the availability of a plug-in hybrid option.
While heavily disguised, the prototypes have demonstrated design elements akin to Mercedes’ prevailing themes, with potential influences from last year’s Vision EQXX concept car, specifically the side glass. Certain technologies from the Vision EQXX are also anticipated to be integrated into the new sedan, such as highly efficient energy recovery systems.
The electric vehicles grounded on the MMA platform are projected to house 800-volt electrical systems, enabling high-speed charging, with battery capacities potentially reaching 100 kwh.
While the official name for the electric CLA-Class remains uncertain, it may be designated as the EQA, following Mercedes’ existing naming conventions. If this occurs, the currently marketed EQA electric compact crossover abroad may be rebranded as the EQA SUV, possibly corresponding with an update to the EQA crossover later in the year. Alternatively, the CLA name may persist for the electric model, consistent with rumors that Mercedes may soon abandon the EQ branding.
Spy shots of the 2025 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class EV were provided, giving a glimpse of its design – Photo credit: Baldauf.
The new CLA-Class will fit into Mercedes’ more concise compact range, referred to as Entry Luxury (with further classifications being Core Luxury and Top-End Luxury). Other expected models in the Entry Luxury tier include the CLA-Class Shooting Brake, GLA-Class, and GLB-Class, each with an electric version.
Reflecting Mercedes’ strategic shift towards more lucrative, premium vehicles, the current A-Class and B-Class are projected to be discontinued. This is evident with the recent discontinuation of the A-Class in the U.S.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about fokus keyword Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class EV
When will the 2025 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class EV be previewed and launched?
The electric compact sedan will be previewed in early September at the 2023 Munich auto show, and the market launch is expected to happen around 2025.
What is the new platform that the next-generation CLA-Class will be based on?
The next CLA-Class and other compact models from Mercedes will be built on a newly developed platform called the MMA (Mercedes Modular Architecture), designed to support both hybrid and fully electric powertrains.
Will there be a plug-in hybrid option for the next CLA-Class?
No, the next CLA-Class is reported to offer only electric or mild-hybrid powertrains, and there will not be a plug-in hybrid option.
What is the expected battery capacity and charging system for EVs based on the MMA platform?
EVs built on the MMA platform are expected to feature 800-volt electrical systems, enabling high-speed charging, and the battery capacity is expected to reach up to 100 kwh.
What models are expected to be part of Mercedes’ Entry Luxury group?
The Entry Luxury group is expected to include the CLA-Class Shooting Brake, GLA-Class, and GLB-Class, all of which will have an electric option.
Are the current A-Class and B-Class models expected to be continued by Mercedes?
No, in an effort to focus on more profitable, high-end vehicles, the current A-Class and B-Class models are expected to be phased out, with the A-Class already dropped in the U.S.
What might the electric CLA-Class be called, and is there a possibility of rebranding?
If Mercedes sticks to its current naming practice, the sedan might be called the EQA, which could lead to the rebranding of the current EQA electric compact crossover as the EQA SUV. Alternatively, the CLA name may be retained for the electric model.