Mercedes-Benz has finally revealed its concept for a long-range entry-level electric vehicle at the IAA Mobility show in Munich. The Concept CLA Class is a sleek and futuristic four-door coupe that promises to deliver over 466 miles (750 km) of range on a single charge. It is the first of a new family of EVs that will use the brand’s Modular Architecture (MMA) platform.
The Concept CLA Class is powered by a rear-mounted electric motor that produces 235 hp and uses a two-speed transmission for optimal efficiency. The motor and battery are based on the Vision EQXX concept, which aims to achieve the lowest possible energy consumption per mile. The battery has an 800-volt system that enables fast charging of up to 250 kW, adding 248 miles (400 km) in just 15 minutes. The battery also features two different chemistries: one with silicon-oxide anode and one with lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cathode.
The design of the Concept CLA Class is inspired by the brand’s rich heritage, but reinterpreted for the electric age. The front end features a shark-nose design with a seamless grille panel and star-shaped headlamp clusters. The rear end has a GT-style spoiler and light band that wraps around the car. The interior boasts a cabin-spanning MBUX Superscreen that integrates all the functions and features of the car. The concept also showcases some innovative features such as bidirectional charging, which allows the car to act as a backup power source, and adhesive cell modules, which reduce the weight and size of the battery.
The Concept CLA Class is expected to go into production in late 2024 and will be followed by three other models: a shooting brake, and two SUVs. Mercedes-Benz claims that the new entry-level EVs will offer significantly elevated product substance and appeal to a wider range of customers.