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2024 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class EV Preview Specs & Release Date

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Mercedes-Benz is looking to shake up its lineup in the upcoming years. The original purveyors of the gasoline-powered automobile are both pivoting to an electric future and whittling down their lineup to only the best-sellers. As part of this shift in direction, the brand's entry-level CLA-Class sedan is reportedly gaining an EV version. Mercedes hasn't made an official release yet, but here's what we know so far about the 2024 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class EV.

Mercedes hasn't yet given us a glimpse of what the CLA EV will look like, but we expect styling reminiscent of the gas model but with a few cues from the brand's EQ lineup, namely the rounded "grille". The gas-only model currently on sale is essentially a scaled-down C-Class on the outside, with a round shape, angular lines, and a pronounced front overhang. We wouldn't be surprised if the CLA EV also features ultra-modern aerodynamic-focused wheels.

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As is the case with the exterior, we expect the CLA EV's cabin to be mostly CLA-Class with some EQ bits thrown in. A 10.3" touchscreen is standard on the current CLA-Class, and we expect that to carry over into the EV.

We'd be surprised if the hulking Hyperscreen that Mercedes offers in its premium EVs will be standard given the CLA's entry-level status. The CLA EV will likely feature subtle touches to give it a more futuristic feel inside relative to the ICE CLA, such as more pronounced ambient lighting, light color schemes, and fewer physical controls.

Powertrain details for the CLA EV have yet to be officially released, but Automotive News, reports an approximate 400-mile range. As is customary for the current Mercedes EQ lineup, we expect the CLA EV to be offered in both rear and front-wheel drive guises.

There isn't an official release date from Mercedes yet, but AN reports that the CLA EV is expected to arrive at dealerships next year. Current CLA pricing starts at $44,850, but we expect a substantial premium for the all-electric model.

The 2024 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class EV will compete with the Tesla Model 3, Polestar 2, and Hyundai IONIQ 6.

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Source: Automotive News (subscription required)

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