2025 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class EV spy shots and video

Mercedes-Benz has been spotted testing a compact electric sedan with coupe-like styling.

The car is likely a planned electric version of the next-generation CLA-Class, which according to Autocar will be previewed in concept form at the 2023 Munich auto show in September ahead of a market launch in early 2025. The timing points to a U.S. launch for the 2025 or 2026 model year.

The next CLA-Class, and other members of Mercedes’ next-generation compact family, will ride on a newly developed platform called the MMA (Mercedes Modular Architecture). The platform will support both hybrid and fully electric powertrains, and will be Mercedes’ last designed for gas engines. All future platforms from Mercedes will be electric-only, as the automaker prepares to go the full-electric route by 2030.

Mercedes has said the MMA platform will spawn its first model around 2025, likely to be the next CLA-Class. The platform will eventually be used for all Mercedes models ranging up to and including the C-Class segment. Above this, Mercedes will have the MB.EA platform for medium and large models, the AMG.EA for high-performance models from AMG, and the Van.EA for light commercial vehicles.