Mercedes-Benz have revealed that plug-in hybrid variants of both the A-Class and B-Class will soon be joining the brand’s range of already successful small premium cars. Arriving at dealerships later this year, both models help to further progress Mercedes-Benz’s expanding range of electric and hybrid cars.
Named the A250e and B250e, both models will feature a 158bhp 1.3-litre turbocharged engine mated to a 100bhp electric motor. The electric motor is said to be good for around 40 miles of emissions-free driving and helps to keep the combined CO2 output of each model to just 33g/km.
Thanks to clever packaging and little weight gain, Mercedes-Benz have managed to ensure that boot space of both models is kept almost identical to the none-hybrid variants whilst also improving performance.
As such, the A250e is now capable of a 0-62mph sprint of just 6.6 seconds, a top speed of 146mph (which isn’t that important) and it has the ability of reaching 70mph on electric power alone.
Mercedes-Benz say that the 15.6 kWh battery of each model can be charged to 80 per cent charge in just 25 minutes via DC charging and that range is boosted by clever tech that uses the data from the car’s satnav to utilise electric power efficiently.
As with a lot of other hybrids and electric cars, you can also manually adjust the level of energy recuperation through the car’s brakes through steering wheel paddles.
The Mercedes-Benz A250e and B250e join the brand’s EQ Power line-up that already features hybrid models from the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class.
The range will soon be joined by Mercedes-Benz’s very first all-electric car, the EQC SUV, which we’ll be bringing you more of in the next few weeks.
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