New Mercedes-Benz EV Sedan Prototype Spied On The Road

Giancarlo Perlas December 25, 2023

A new compact sedan may be underway in the Mercedes-Benz EQ EV line. The prototype of the electric vehicle was recently spotted during testing by spy photographers.

Mercedes-Benz EV
Photo courtesy of Brian Williams/Spiedbilde via Car and Driver

Mercedes-Benz currently has two sedans in its EQ range, namely the EQE and the EQS. Another may be coming up and it will likely be based on the Concept EQXX unveiled last year.

The subject of the spy shots by Car and Driver shows a fully camouflaged vehicle, which makes it hard to discern the auto’s identity. However, it appears to be riding on the MMA platform reserved for the small EVs of the three-pointed star marque.

If this is the case, expect the auto to carry an electric range of around 200 miles (based on EPA standards), as touted by the recently unveiled Concept CLA. But then again, if it follows the promise of the EQXX, it’s a potential 745 miles on a full charge according to Mercedes’ claims.

Mercedes-Benz CLA or C-Class EV
Photo courtesy of Brian Williams/Spiedbilde via Car and Driver

The source suspects that we may be looking at the production version of the anticipated CLA EV. On the other hand, it’s also possible that it’s the C-Class EV we have been seeing a lot lately.

Regardless of whether it’s the electric CLA or C-Class, it will likely inherit the Concept CLA’s 800-volt super fast charging architecture. This would allow a 200-mile run in mere 15 minutes of charging using a 250-kW DC fast charger. It’s also expected to carry an electric motor with around 235 hp managed via an ultra-efficient two-speed transmission.

The production version of the Mercedes-Benz CLA EV will probably be unveiled as early as next year. Meanwhile, the rumored C-Class EV will possibly come around 2025. But then again, if this is a test mule for an all-new class slotted between the two, it will be a whole new story altogether.

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Giancarlo Perlas

Giancarlo Perlas is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations, particularly in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors. Alongside his civic and corporate pursuits is his love for cars, particularly those made by Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, he found himself with like-minded individuals within BenzInsider. From then on, he used the platform as a way to share his passion with the automotive community. Follow his Facebook page at, X (formerly Twitter) @giancarloperlas, and IG @benzinsider. View all posts by Giancarlo Perlas →

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