FIRST EVER PICS: Mercedes-Benz A-Class in plug-in hybrid guise

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Mercedes-Benz is working on a plug-in version of the new A-Class. Thanks to AutoWeek reader Daan Ubels we can show you this version long before it hits showrooms.

In the run-up to the unveiling of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class, we admired the interior of the new hatchback. On one of the official images something remarkable was going on with the instruments.

For example, there was no motor temperature gauge visible, but a second action radius gauge. In this case it related to a battery, which confirmed that the A-Class will also be available as a plug-in hybrid. AutoWeek has now managed to photograph the plug-in A-Class.

Like the regular A-Class, this battery packed A has on the left side of its body a gasoline tank valve, although the whole thing looks a bit different on this test car. On the right side of the car we also observe a filling valve, undoubtedly the cover of the plug-in connection. The placement of this is remarkable. On cars such as the C 350 e, E 350 e and the S 560 e, the opening is located at the rear under the right-hand rear light.

We expect the plug-in version of the A-Class to have an autonomy of about 50 kilometers on electrical power alone.

Source: Autoweek