Soon to join the all-electric line-up of Mercedes-Benz is a fully-electric version of the Mercedes-Benz CLA. Automotive News reports that it will also be joined by an all-new version of the EQC, although that is only known as an “electric GLC” for the time being.
The information comes from Mercedes-Benz’s annual North American dealer meeting that took place recently. According to Mercedes-Dealer Board Chairman, Joseph Agresta there will be many EVs coming in the future of Mercedes-Benz. He said, “There’s a lot of EVs, and EV is certainly our future,” Despite the EV future, he also believes that there is still a place for internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. He adds, “But there’s still a commitment to the ICE vehicles,” he said. “The ICE vehicles are going to support profitability and volume for some period of time.”
According to the European news portal, Mercedes-Benz is planning to take on Tesla, aiming to poach Tesla’s young, tech-focused consumers. For that, Mercedes-Benz will introduce an all-electric version of the Mercedes-Benz CLs and a new electric version of the Mercedes-Benz GLC.
The all-electric CLA will reportedly get about 400 miles (643 km) of range and arrive in the US market in 2024. According to some American dealers of the brand, the CLA is the car that draws 60% of Mercedes-Benz first-time customers. The CLA is a “coupe” version of the A-Class sedan which we are more familiar with in Malaysia.
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As for the “electric GLC”, it will be the successor to the Mercedes-Benz EQC. The EQC was Mercedes-Benz’s first electric car in the EQ lineup and is based on the X253 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV. Though it was the first, the EQC’s limited range was deemed inadequate for the American market.
Currently in Mercedes-Benz electric line-up is the EQA, EQB, EQC, EQE, EQS, and EQT. The upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLA and “electric GLC’ may no longer utilise the brand’s EQ prefix for its EV line-up.
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