2026 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA EV spied with new details

By automotive-mag.com 3 Min Read

Mercedes-Benz is out testing prototypes for an electric compact sedan that will serve as the next-generation CLA-Class. Prototypes for a hybrid version are also out testing.

The new design was previewed last year by the Concept CLA-Class, and Mercedes has confirmed the start of sales in 2025. The timing points to a likely arrival as a 2026 model in the U.S.

Another prototype has just been spotted, and elements fitted to the test vehicle indicate it’s likely an AMG-tuned variant.

Clearly visible are large wheels housing a powerful brake package. The rotors, which appear to be cross-drilled, almost fill the wheels. The rear also features a large section of camouflage likely hiding an active rear wing. New details can also be spotted, like taillights that integrate Mercedes star logos, a design feature previewed on the Concept CLA-Class.

Mercedes-Benz Concept CLA-Class

Mercedes-Benz Concept CLA-Class

Mercedes-Benz Concept CLA-Class

Mercedes-Benz Concept CLA-Class

Mercedes-Benz Concept CLA-Class

For the interior, the concept showed a single panel running the length of the dash and integrating digital screens for the gauge cluster, infotainment system, and a third screen for the front passenger. The panel also integrated vents for the climate control system.

The redesigned CLA-Class, and other members of Mercedes’ next-generation compact family, will ride on a newly developed platform called the MMA (Mercedes Modular Architecture), which supports both hybrid and fully electric powertrains. The redesigned CLA-Class will be the first model on the platform. The platform will eventually be used for all Mercedes models ranging up to and including the C-Class segment. An electric C-Class and electric GLC-Class have also been spotted testing. Separately, AMG is working on its own AMG.EA EV platform which is expected to debut next year in a GT 4-Door Coupe successor.

According to our photographer, the prototype for the AMG-tuned CLA-Class has all-wheel-drive. During the winter testing, all four wheels kicked up snow whenever the vehicle accelerated from a standstill.

The redesigned CLA-Class will be part of a slimmed-down compact range Mercedes refers to as Entry Luxury (further up are Core Luxury and Top-End Luxury). Other models in the Entry Luxury group will include redesigned versions of CLA-Class Shooting Brake, GLA-Class, and GLB-Class, all of which are likely to have their own AMG-tuned variants. A new generation of the A-Class hatchback is also rumored to be coming.

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