Mercedes-Benz is preparing to introduce its upcoming compact car lineup, with the first of these set to be previewed at the 2023 Munich auto show in September.
This sneak peek will be presented via a concept car, with a single teaser photo shared by the manufacturer this week.
The teaser hints at the concept giving a glimpse of either a redesigned CLA-Class or the immediate successor to the present coupe-like sedan.
Camouflage-clad prototypes of this mystery model have been sighted already. Expected to launch around 2025, the new compact sedan will provide customers with the option of a hybrid or an electric powertrain. Mercedes’ newly developed platform for compact cars allows for such powertrain versatility.
This platform, called the MMA, will be Mercedes’ final one to support gasoline engines, and will eventually underpin all Mercedes models up to and including the C-Class segment. Beyond this, Mercedes will leverage the MB.EA platform for midsize and large models, the AMG.EA for high-performance AMG models, and the Van.EA for light commercial vehicles. All these future platforms will be exclusively electric.
The launch of the first MMA-platform model will coincide with the rollout of Mercedes’ proprietary operating system, known as MB.OS. This system will come with its own infotainment and navigation systems, but will also accommodate popular alternatives like Google Maps and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone mirroring systems.
As the MMA platform and its models make their debut, Mercedes plans to streamline its compact or “Entry Segment” vehicles, as the manufacturer terms them. Certain models like the A-Class sedan and hatchback, and the B-Class minivan, will be phased out. However, the CLA-Class sedan and wagon, along with the GLA-Class and GLB-Class crossovers, will persist.
The Munich auto show is set to commence on September 4. In addition to the compact car concept, Mercedes plans to showcase updated versions of its current EQA and EQB electric compact crossovers and an updated EQV electric mid-size van at the event.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Mercedes Compact Car Concept
What will Mercedes-Benz present at the 2023 Munich auto show?
Mercedes-Benz will present a concept car at the 2023 Munich auto show, previewing its next generation of compact cars.
The teaser image from Mercedes-Benz suggests that the concept car might preview a redesigned CLA-Class or the successor to the current coupe-like sedan.
What will the new Mercedes compact sedan offer?
The new compact sedan, expected to debut in 2025, will offer buyers the choice of hybrid or electric powertrains. This is enabled by the new Mercedes MMA platform, designed specifically for compact cars.
What is the significance of the MMA platform?
The MMA platform will be Mercedes’ last to support gasoline engines. Eventually, it will be used for all Mercedes models up to the C-Class segment. Future platforms will be electric only.
What new technology will be introduced with the MMA platform?
The introduction of the MMA platform will also see the rollout of Mercedes’ proprietary operating system, the MB.OS, which will include its own infotainment and navigation systems, and support popular alternatives like Google Maps and phone mirroring systems.
Which existing Mercedes models will be discontinued?
With the arrival of the MMA platform and its associated models, Mercedes plans to phase out certain models like the A-Class sedan and hatch, and the B-Class minivan.
What other Mercedes models will be updated at the Munich auto show?
Alongside the compact car concept, Mercedes will showcase updated versions of its EQA and EQB electric compact crossovers and an updated EQV electric mid-size van at the Munich auto show.
More about Mercedes Compact Car Concept
- Mercedes-Benz Official Website
- 2023 Munich Auto Show
- Mercedes-Benz Concept Cars
- Mercedes Electric Vehicles
- Mercedes MMA Platform
- Mercedes MB.OS
- Mercedes EQA and EQB