October 03, 2023

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The new CLA Class concept from Mercedes-Benz
The new CLA Class concept from Mercedes-Benz

The new CLA Class concept from Mercedes-Benz

Electric concept with 750km range and 250kW fast charging

Mercedes-Benz placed a big bet on the all-new Mercedes-Benz Modular Architecture Electric Platform, or MMA when it unveiled the world’s first CLA Concept Class in Munich on Sunday.

According to Ola Kallenius, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, the CLA Concept Class is a precursor to Mercedes-Benz’s all-new, all-electric low-end car segment. Four new models will be added to the lineup: a four-door coupe, a shooting brake, and two superb (sport utility vehicles), all with significant improvements in product quality.

The unveiling of the new electric vehicle comes two days before IAA Mobility, Europe’s largest auto show and one of the world’s largest, takes place in Munich on Tuesday.

According to Mercedes-Benz, the concept car has been equipped with a next-generation electric powertrain that aims to cover a range of more than 750 km on a full charge, based on a globally harmonized testing process for light vehicles. Energy consumption is measured at 12 kWh per 100 km of driving. The Concept CLA Class has an 800V configuration that allows a high-power 250kW DC charge to provide a range of 400 km in 15 minutes.

Mercedes-Benz says the MMA platform will offer two different battery options to customers. The top-tier system will feature a silicon oxide anode design for higher energy density, while the low-end variant will use a lithium iron phosphate battery.

“Based on the MMA platform, it provides a glimpse into the first full line of Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles developed from the ground up to put our Ambition 2039 on the road, which we aim to achieve. Net carbon neutrality throughout its fleet value chain. New cars by 2039,” Kallenius said. Fueling Mercedes-Benz’s drive to net zero, the automaker says the MMA platform can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40% across the entire value chain compared to the previous architecture.

Despite plans to develop the new MMA platform as an electric platform, Mercedes-Benz says it could be used to build vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.

The first look of the CLA Concept Class featured a set of lights, in which the German automaker applied its iconic three-pointed star to the headlights. The large star in the center of the grille is surrounded by more than 200 small stars that can glow to create various cartoon textures. The lighting system continues along the sides with light strips above the front and rear wheel arches. The long dome that extends from the first row to the last is also decorated with more than 600 illuminated stars.

The dimensions of the Concept CLA-Class are significantly longer and wider than the current Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé, with a length of 4720 mm and a width of 1949 mm. Seen directly from the top, the shape of the car resembles Coca-Cola’s contour bottle.

The CLA-Class Concept also features a new operating system from the German automaker called MB.OS, which will underpin the user interface and user experience to the next level with touchscreens. Front-seat responsiveness incorporates advanced real-time graphics. In partnership with Nvidia’s high-performance water-cooled semiconductors, Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will equip every vehicle built on the MMA platform with a supercomputer.

There are plans to launch the actual product of the concept car developed by MMA by the end of 2024, according to their statements.

The koreaherald.com is a source of additional information

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