You’re looking at the EQA, the electric version of the Mercedes Concept CLA shown at the Munich motor show last year, and the EV counterpart to the new, forthcoming CLA. Snapped by our spy photographers winter testing, the new EV looks largely like the next ICE-powered CLA – and for good reason. CAR understands the EQA will be named differently, just to fit in with the rest of Mercedes’ electric EQ range.
It looks like the Mercedes Concept CLA Class?
It does, because it’s essentially just an electric version of the next CLA. Despite the fetching snakeskin camouflage, it’s still possible to make out details that hark directly back to the concept we saw in Munich: the prototype pictured here features the same ‘Angry Birds’ monobrow headlight signature, while at the rear the lights are equally ornate – and even feature a miniature three-pointed star. Love it or hate it, Mercedes’ bold luxury brand-focused design language is here to stay.
It’s possible to see more bodywork too; and it appears the EQA will have lots in common with the already released EQE.
What else do we know?
It’ll run on Mercedes’ MMA platform (Mercedes Modular Architecture) which can accept both ICE and EV powertrains. It’s likely this will be the last platform from Mercedes that’ll have that feature.
We’ll update this article when we know more.