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Spy Shots: Mercedes EQC and EQA, BMW M3

By SEMA Editors

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Mercedes has begun testing on its second-generation EQC SUV, and sources have caught a prototype leaving the automaker's Research and Development department in downtown Stuttgart, Germany, for the first time. 

The new EQC SUV will be based on the all-new EQC sedan, which is scheduled for a 2025 or a 2026 launch and, in the long term, is expected to replace today's gas and diesel-powered C-Class. A C-Class wagon will not be continued; the gap it leaves will be filled with the EQC SUV.

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Mercedes EQA Sedan Captured in Germany

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In addition, a smaller Mercedes EQA sedan is set to replace today's internal combustion engine-powered A-Class hatch and sedan, and, according to insider reports, our sources captured shots of the EQA while it was on public roads in Germany. It is the first time we get to see the car with the production lamp units front and rear and with less camouflage on the bumpers and the side panels.
Unlike the Mercedes EQE and Mercedes EQS, the Mercedes EQA sedan won't ride on a dedicated electric vehicle (EV) platform. It will be an electric-first platform, as in a base developed primarily for compact and mid-size EVs, but supporting internal combustion engine vehicles, too.

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New Images of the BMW M3 Reveal Fresh Details

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Sources have captured the BMW M3 partially camouflaged. Next year, the BMW M3 will get a mid-cycle refresh, also known as a Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) in BMW vernacular. While the front end's changes are visible, the rear appears to be exactly the same as the '24 model, although additional changes are expected to be made prior to the reveal.

Pictured with huge calipers, black wheels and tires from Michelin, the M3 refresh is expected to enter production in July 2024. The coupe- and convertible-bodied siblings will, reportedly, enter production in March 2024 with slightly more power for the competition.

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