Mercedes-Benz is currently working on a number of new models. Obviously, the new S-Class is the star of the show, but there are a number of other important products in the pipeline as well. These include the EQA, the brand’s first all-electric mass-production compact model, which is expected to arrive later this year. It could be joined by a number of additional compact cars, according to a new report.
Which car Recently, he spoke with Mercedes chief compact vehicle development engineer Axel Heix and overall vehicle testing manager Johen Eck, who hinted that even more compact cars from the Stuttgart-based manufacturer are possible. Nothing can be confirmed at this stage but the indications are positive.
“It’s clearly a big help to have a fully developed platform capable of carrying alternative transmissions so that we don’t have to worry about all the basics like the suspension, the body in white, the interior. , the exterior which are all well developed and we can ‘just put an alternate drivetrain in it’, they commented.
Simply put, with the highly flexible MFA architecture, Mercedes has a powerful tool to develop new derivatives of already existing models. Take, for example, the A-Class, GLA and CLA, all of which launched in less than two years. The next EQA will complete the cycle (for now) with its unveiling before the end of the year.
Which car even speculates that an all-electric compact model could join the already confirmed EQA. One of the possible options is a sedan or sedan with a zero-emission powertrain, similar in size to the A-Class and CLA, respectively. While the MFA platform is flexible and allows for virtually all kinds of shapes, development doesn’t happen in the blink of an eye.
“We have always applied full development strength, testing strength, and maturity level assurance on every new derivative that comes along that also includes potential future alternatives,” Helix added. “There is no such thing as simple plug-and-play, but having the platform capable of doing it certainly helps.”