Mercedes-Benz unveiled a preview of its next-generation compact range during a presentation at the 2023 Munich auto show. The automaker showcased a teaser photo featuring a lineup of four vehicles, with the Concept CLA-Class taking the spotlight as it was officially unveiled in Munich.
The teaser photo also included three other vehicles, namely redesigned versions of the CLA-Class Shooting Brake, GLB-Class, and GLA-Class. However, noticeably missing from the lineup were redesigned versions of the A-Class, A-Class Hatchback, and B-Class. Mercedes-Benz has made the strategic decision to drop these models in order to focus on higher-margin vehicles.
The redesigned CLA-Class will be the first to hit the market, with plans for a late 2024 debut as a 2025 model. Prototypes of the CLA-Class have already been spotted, indicating that the production model is well underway. All four vehicles in the compact range will be based on the new Modular Mercedes-Benz Architecture platform, known as the MMA. This platform is primarily designed for electric powertrains, but it will also support gas engines. It is expected to be utilized for all next-generation Mercedes models, including those in the C-Class segment.
Above the C-Class segment, Mercedes-Benz will have the MB.EA platform for medium and large models, the AMG.EA platform for high-performance AMG models, and the Van.EA platform for light commercial vehicles. All of these platforms, including the MMA, will be exclusively electric.
The Concept CLA-Class previewed the specifications for electric vehicles based on the MMA platform. It boasts a range of approximately 350 miles and supports quick charging with the ability to add over 100 miles in less than 15 minutes, thanks to its 800-volt electrical system.
In addition to the new platform, the MMA will introduce Mercedes’ own operating system called MB.OS. This operating system will come with its own infotainment and navigation systems but will also be compatible with popular alternatives like Google Maps, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto phone mirroring systems.
Overall, the next-generation compact range from Mercedes-Benz promises to be a significant step forward in terms of technology, performance, and sustainability. The company’s decision to focus on higher-margin vehicles and transition towards electric platforms demonstrates its commitment to meeting the evolving demands of the automotive industry and the increasing emphasis on sustainable mobility. With the Concept CLA-Class leading the way, Mercedes-Benz is poised to deliver a compelling lineup of compact cars that combine cutting-edge technology with the luxury and style the brand is known for.