New tech for bespoke 2025 Mercedes-Benz A-Class EV

New tech for bespoke 2025 Mercedes-Benz A-Class EV

Latest advances will give Mercedes a true VW ID 3 rival

Development of a bespoke EV architecture for small cars will also facilitate a direct electric replacement for the A-Class hatchback, in line with Mercedes’ plan to usher in an EV in every segment by 2025. Currently, the smallest model in Mercedes’ EQ family is the EQA crossover, an electric version of the combustion-powered GLA that shares its sibling’s platform. It is one of four EVs in the brand’s portfolio – alongside the slightly larger EQB, the EQC SUV and the van-based EQV – to use a modified version of an existing combustion-engined architecture.

But with the new MMA platform, Mercedes is well placed to take on the Volkswagen ID 3 with a lowerslung premium hatchback that matches the current A-Class for interior space and its rivals for range per charge.

The MMA platform is intended, in the first instance, for EVs in this segment – the smallest in which Mercedes currently operates – and it will bring a step change in the functionality and performance of its entry-level EVs. No doubt the packaging constraints of a C-segment car will mean the ‘EQ A-Class’ comes with a smaller battery than the largest cars on this platform. However, the substantial increase in power density – in conjunction with a greater focus on light-weighting and aerodynamic efficiency – means it will improve on the 264-mile range of the current longest-legged version of the EQA.

The car will also have a more characteristically spacious and airy interior, given the slim battery pack and lack of transmission tunnel – both of which mean it can also sit closer to the ground, adopting a less overtly crossover-style stance.

EQA uses same platform as GLA, unlike ‘EQ A-Class’
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