Mercedes CLA-sized EV due in 2024 with EQXX technology

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Driving the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX battery-electric concept vehicle over the summer, we learned that this low, hyper-efficient four-door was the development laboratory for future Mercedes electric vehicles. The EQXX will not go into production, but electric vehicles from Stuttgart will benefit from the advances of the EQXX as early as 2024. Autocar reports that the retail journey begins with a sedan to inaugurate Mercedes' "entry-level luxury" brand of electric vehicles. The news came from Robert Lesnick, the automaker's head of exterior design, who said the vehicle doesn't have a name yet but will be roughly the size of the current CLA at 185 inches. Based on the EQ Series lineup we've seen so far, Mercedes will likely line up CLA greats outside with C-Class space for a small family car designed to challenge the BMW i4, Polestar 2 and Tesla Model 3.
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The car will sit on the new Mercedes Modular Architecture (MMA). The sheet metal EQXX's aerodynamic legacy will be clear, but the production car will make compromises for human livability. The technology connection is becoming more direct. That means lighter, more powerful battery packs from battery partner CATL. The nearly 100kWh package in the EQXX is roughly half the size of the 107.8kWh package in the EQS sedan and crossover and two-thirds the weight. Dubbed eATS 2.0 for the time being, the engines will be lighter and smaller and super-efficient compared to engines of similar power. Malte Sievers, one of the project managers of the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX, said that 95% of the battery energy reaches the wheels. You can also expect novel construction techniques, with lightweight 3D printed, carbon fiber and biomimicking components bolted to giant castings. Active Aero will play its part, Autocar says the AMG version of the entry-level luxury EV will get a version of the EQXX's extendable diffuser.
The new range could help Mercedes become better and more profitable in the entry-level range than with its traditional ICE offerings. The automaker refocused its ambitions on high-end luxury earlier this year, reinvesting 75% of its investments in high-margin offerings and saying it would offer four entry-level vehicles instead of the seven vehicles it has for sale worldwide. We'll learn more about how the poles of the automaker segment will go electric in 2024, the battery-powered G-Glass coming the same year as this EQXX-inspired sedan.
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