Studies have instructed that Mercedes has been engaged on an electrical model of the CLA-Class sedan, and these spy images appear to point out precisely that. Apparently, whereas the sedan will supposedly characteristic some high-end electrical know-how, this prototype appears to be like a complete lot like its gas-powered namesake.
Most of this CLA EV’s physique appears to be like almost the identical because the common model: the low roof, curvy profile, and curt tail. However there are notable variations. The nostril is sort of fully stable and smoothed out, with simply an unlimited circle within the center the place the three-pointed star badge will reside. Pop-out, flush-mounted door handles additionally substitute the traditional pull handles from the common CLA.
It could be straightforward to imagine that Mercedes was taking an identical method to the CLA because it did with the EQB, the electrical model of the GLB compact SUV: Merely shove some fundamental EV gear beneath an current shell and name it a day. However as a substitute, this automotive is meant to get huge upgrades, similar to an 800-volt lithium iron phosphate battery system permitting as much as 350-kW DC quick charging. AMG variations might also get some energetic aero aids a la the EQXX. Extra environment friendly motors are additionally anticipated.
This does look like an odd strategy to introduce some new EV tech to the German model, since this CLA-sized automotive – doubtless referred to as EQA to be according to the remainder of the Mercedes EV choices – will in all probability be priced beneath its larger siblings. It is also that the timing of the know-how’s readiness and the discharge of the small EV sedan merely lined up nicely. Both means, contemplating the mediocre execution of the EQB, we’ll be glad to see Mercedes seemingly taking this automotive extra critically, assuming the experiences are right in fact. We’ll have to attend a short while to see the outcomes, although, because the automotive is meant to reach someday subsequent 12 months or in 2025, with hybrid variations to observe.