Mercedes-Benz has revealed PHEV 250e versions of the new A-Class and B-Class ahead of a European launch later this year.
The plug-in hybrids will use the 1.33-litre petrol engine from the new A180 and B180 combined with an electric motor that produces 75kW. In total, the powertrain offers 160kW and 450Nm.
According to the WLTP, when the 15.6kWh lithium-ion battery is fully charged the A250e has an electric range between 60km and 68km, while the B250e covers between 56 and 67km. It takes 1hr 45mins to charge the battery using a 7.4 kW Wallbox or 25 minutes with DC fast charger.
Performance-wise, the A250e takes 6.6 seconds to hit 100km/h from a standstill, while the B250e takes 6.8 seconds. In EV mode the top speed is 140km/h climbing to 235km/h when the engine kicks in.
To accommodate the battery without significantly reducing cargo space, both versions will feature a centrally positioned exhaust system with the rear silencer housed in the transmission tunnel.
The MBUX infotainment system will be standard and incorporates new drive programs to maximise the performance of the plug-in powertrain. Mercedes-Benz will also offer pre-entry climate control which can be operated via a smartphone app.
Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the A250e will be available in Australia in 2020, the B250e is not on the local radar at this stage.
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