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Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Concept CLA-Class electric vehicle in Munich today, hinting at what to expect in the upcoming full redesign of the CLA. This "close to production" concept introduces a new era of electric luxury cars, with production scheduled to commence in late 2024, implying that the 2025 Mercedes-Benz CLA will grace the U.S. market. Alongside the CLA, three other variants are set to follow: a wagon, which might not make it to the U.S., and two SUVs that could potentially replace the GLA and GLB models.

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The Concept CLA-Class represents an "electric first" approach, built from the ground up on the innovative Mercedes-Benz Modular Architecture (MMA), designed specifically for entry-level EVs. It retains the distinct appearance of a next-generation CLA-class vehicle, though it incorporates several concept-car design elements.With an approximate length of 185 inches (specific dimensions were not disclosed), it is comparable in size to the current CLA, measuring at 184.6 inches. Notable design features include a finely sculpted shark nose with a pronounced undercut, sleek flanks showcasing a flowing Coke-bottle silhouette, and an elongated hood, a unique trait for an EV, as the plan is to offer both ICE and electric powertrains.

Performance-wise, some key figures have been unveiled, with an estimated range of 750 kilometers and energy consumption rated at an impressively low 12 kWh per 100 kilometers according to Europe's WLTP test cycle. Converting these figures to EPA standards suggests around 400 miles of range and an efficiency nearing 150 MPGe. The 800-volt system enables DC fast-charging at 250 kW, potentially adding about 200 miles of range (U.S. measurement) in just 15 minutes. Although the specific battery size was not disclosed, estimations based on the provided data hint at around 90.0 kWh of usable capacity.