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Mercedes-Benz Plugging In Three Models

Mercedes-Benz Plugging In Three Models

This year’s Geneva Motor Show may be canceled because of the coronavirus, but that isn’t stopping Mercedes-Benz from revealing some new stuff. The German luxury brand has teased plug-in versions of the new GLA, CLA and a new CLA Shooting Brake it will reveal this month.

These three new plug-in hybrids will join the A250e and B250e, which were revealed at last year’s Geneva show. Fittingly, the three new models will share the same hybridized powertrain found in the A250e and B250e. This means there is a 1.3-liter gas inline-four combined with a small electric motor.

In the previously-announced models this powertrain generates 215 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. It also gives drivers about 35 miles of pure electric driving before the gas engine has to step in.

With this system Mercedes engineers put the 15.6-kWh battery under the rear seat of the vehicle. The pack supports fast-charging, with the ability to charge from 10 to 80 percent in just 25 minutes.

Expect these models to have nomenclature that follows the other plug-in models. That means we’re likely talking about a GLA250e, CLA250e and CLA250e Shooting Brake for European dealerships later this year. There’s no word on availability outside of Europe.




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AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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