Mercedes readies new entry-segment electric model

Mercedes readies new entry-segment electric model Mercedes readies new entry-segment electric model
New electric four-door Mercedes to be shown at upcoming IAA motor show in Munich.

Mercedes is about to introduce a direct rival to the Tesla Model 3, with a new electric four-door based on the CLA.

Electric entry segment

The CLA - compact four-door coupe that shares its underpinnings with the A-Class and GLA crossover - is itself getting an update this year, with revised styling and upgraded petrol and plug-in hybrid power. The new EV version will be its entry-segment electric model, says Mercedes.

It will share its underpinnings with Mercedes' existing compact electric SUVs, the EQA and EQB, so expect a one-charge range approaching 500km. Maybe more? Well, maybe - Mercedes has previously said that this model would take inspiration and technology from the EQXX electric concept car, which has proved capable of putting more than 1,000km between recharges in real-world conditions.

Updates for EQA and EQB

The EQA and EQB are also getting some updates this year and, along with the revised EQV van-based MPV, will sit alongside the new electric four-door at the upcoming IAA motor show. That's what used to be the massive Frankfurt motor show, but which has now moved to Munich and which takes place in early September.

Mercedes will go all-in on electric and plug-in hybrid power for the Munich show. It will also mark the debut of the new All-Terrain 4x4 version of the new E-Class estate, and Merc will also bring along the dramatic electric Vision One-Eleven concept car, which harks back to the experimental C-111 supercars of the 1970s.

All-electric G-Wagen

Oh, and you will almost certainly be able to see the production version of the all-electric G-Class (neé G-Wagen) as Mercedes says that: "fans of driving on challenging terrain will have their first camouflaged glimpse of the electric series-production future of a Mercedes-Benz off-road icon."

Mercedes will also allow show-goers to take passenger rides in a lineup of electric and hybrid cars, including that astonishing EQXX concept. Given that the IAA is spread out across Munich, not just centred in one hall, that could be a handy way of getting around the show...

The IAA Mobility Munich kicks off on the 5th of September.


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Published on July 25, 2023