Planned for a start to UK sales during the first half of 2025, the new CLA is the first of four production models earmarked to use the Modular Mercedes Architecture (MMA), a platform that supports both electric and internal combustion engine drivetrains, as showcased by the sleek Vision EQXX concept.
The quartet form what Mercedes describes as its new Entry Luxury line-up.
Developed to facilitate the transition to drivetrain electrification, the MMA replaces the existing Modular Front Architecture (MFA) with a skateboard-style design that, according to Mercedes CEO Ola Källenius, makes it suitable for a wide range of vehicle types.
Central to the developments included on the new platform is an 800V electrical architecture and a silicon-carbide (SiC) power-electronics system. Together, they're claimed to provide a significant improvement in efficiency.
Buyers of the new EQC saloon will be offered the choice of single-motor rear-wheel drive and dual-motor four-wheel drive in combination with either a lithium-ion-phosphate (LFP) or lithium ion battery (Li-ion), the most efficient combination of which is claimed to provide it with a range of up to 528 miles at a capacity of around 100kWh.
The permanent-magnet synchronous motors are part of a new range of in-house produced ATS 2.0 units set to feature in all future standard Mercedes EVs.