spy photographers have snapped two new Mercedes development mules undergoing testing in the Arctic Circle, and these separate cars confirm that the new Mercedes CLA will be available as both an electric vehicle and a gas-powered car, which means we should get at least one more epic Mercedes-AMG CLA 45.
As before, the car will boast frameless windows and a coupe-like roofline, but other elements will be modernized. For example, the lighting units appear to be taking direct inspiration from the Concept CLA Class presented in September 2023. This means rounder graphics and full-width LED running lights connecting both front and rear lighting clusters.
Both the gas and the electric versions of this car will arrive on the Mercedes Modular Architecture, which can also accommodate plug-in hybrid powertrains. This will likely be the very last such new platform that Mercedes makes before going all-electric, so this architecture will have to last until at least the end of the decade.
Also in doubt is what the electric version of the CLA will be called since the EQA name is already applied to an SUV. Then again, Mercedes has no problem with creating both sedan and SUV versions of the EQE and EQS without any changes to the nomenclature of either.
Our photographers snapped a single image of the cabin, too, but this has not been particularly revealing. All we can say for sure is that a large, flat digital display will reside behind the thick-rimmed steering wheel. Whether this will be a full-width display stretching across the entire dash and whether it will adopt any of the new technologies presented at the 2024 Consumer Electronics Show remains to be seen.
Also unknown is how much power we can expect, but more information will doubtless become available as the year progresses. The production version of the Concept CLA Class is slated for a late 2024 release, so we’ll see the camo start to come off these prototypes very soon.