The new electric car joint venture between Mercedes-Benz and BYD will be based on the outgoing B-class.
A lightly modified version of the car’s front-wheel drive platform will be used, according to insiders involved in the early stages of its conception.
To be sold exclusively in BYD’s domestic Chinese market, the new zero-emissions hatchback will be marketed under an as-yet-undisclosed brand.
It will be the first of a new range of all-electric models collectively being planned by both the German and Chinese car manufacturers.
In a move aimed at taking advantage of the B-class’s layout, Mercedes and BYD plan to use the soon-to-be-superseded model’s flat-floor structure for the stowage of lithium ion batteries.
The floor was originally designed for that purpose, but was never utilised in series production.