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Mercedes C-Class EV due by 2024; will rival the BMW i4 | Autocar India

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The present C-Class is among the few remaining legacy Mercedes fashions, and the C-Class EV might be based mostly on the MMA platform.

Mercedes-Benz will quickly increase its EV line-up within the coming years by ushering in electrical choices in essential new segments and introducing a variety of recent platforms with unprecedented vary and efficiency capabilities.

  • All-new C-Class EV will tackle BMW i4
  • Will probably be based mostly on MMA platform
  • Will see a world debut by 2024 

The marque’s world line-up of electrical fashions already contains all kinds of automobiles of various shapes and segments – from the Mercedes-Benz EQA hatchback to the Mercedes-Benz EQS flagship sedan. This might be prolonged additional with the launch of the midsized EQE SUV later this 12 months and an electrical model of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class 4×4 by 2024. In India, Mercedes-Benz has the EQC on sale presently and can introduce the EQS sooner or later.

The corporate’s dedication to providing an electrical model of each mannequin by 2025 is among the many most bold electrification pledges by any mainstream producer. This comes alongside a dedication to develop solely bespoke EV architectures from 2024 – when the all-new Mercedes-Benz Modular Structure (MMA) platform, conceived for small and midsized EVs, might be launched.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class EV to be based mostly on MMA structure 

One in every of 4 new EV architectures being developed by engineers in Stuttgart as a part of the wide-reaching electrical offensive, the MMA might be instrumental in future-proofing a few of Mercedes’ bestselling and most vital fashions. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class saloon, for instance, launched in its present guise final 12 months, is in line for an all-electric variant – or equal – utilizing this platform, which can present Mercedes-Benz with a long-awaited govt EV to rival the likes of the Polestar 2, BMW i4 and indomitable Tesla Mannequin 3.

Final 12 months, Mercedes chief working officer Markus Schafer informed our sister publication Autocar UK that the MMA platform might be used for compact automobiles, but additionally “has the potential to achieve into the midsize section as nicely”. He additionally confirmed that it might spawn a devoted EV providing within the midsized govt sector as nicely.

The present C-Class is among the few remaining legacy Mercedes fashions and not using a direct EV equal, however the plug-in hybrid Mercedes-Benz C300e has one of many longest electrical ranges of any PHEV on sale, at an official 109km, and the lately launched EQE saloon helps to fill the hole between the C-Class and the EQS electrical limousine.

Likewise, Mercedes’ current bespoke EVs are among the many longest-legged of their respective segments, however the new-generation EVs will take this additional. They may mix power-dense battery packs with hyper-efficient motors, light-weight building strategies and super-slick bodywork to totally maximise effectivity, as demonstrated by the novel (and totally functioning) EQXX prototype, which supplies essentially the most concrete clues but as to the electrical way forward for the favored C-Class.

Firm bosses have already admitted that the Mercedes-Benz EQXX is not going to instantly evolve right into a manufacturing automobile, however in its conception, design and functionality, it serves to preview Mercedes’ future line-up by being most intently associated to the C-Class than some other mannequin. So, whereas the eventual manufacturing descendant of this idea might be bigger (the EQXX is simply 1,350mm tall and a full 162mm shorter than the EQE), it would stay true to the core traits.

The primary goal of the EQXX venture was to point out how far an EV designed to those rules can journey on one cost and the real-world vary of the idea, as demonstrated on actual roads, nudges 1,126km. That represents a marked enchancment not simply on the 729km EQS, but additionally each mainstream electrical car on sale at this time.

Mercedes highlights radical new battery expertise as a facilitator of this enchancment, with boosted energy density permitting for a larger vary to be achieved whereas retaining weight low and maximising inside area. The agency stays tight-lipped concerning the technical specifics of the new-generation energy packs it would start rolling out to its line-up, however the EQXX’s circa-100kWh battery – provided by CATL – is 35 p.c lighter and about half the scale of the 107.8kWh unit utilized by the EQS. Such advances pave the best way for future automobiles to take a seat decrease and have extra spacious cabins, in addition to providing improved ranges.

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