Mercedes-Benz A- and B-Class plug-in hybrids are available for the first time, bearing the EQ Power label. They will bear the names of A 250 e and B 250 e, with prices starting at 36,943.55 and 37,300.55 euros respectively.
Following several spy photo sessions with the new low-emissions variants, they are now available for order. The system is connected to an 8F-DCT dual clutch transmission. It integrates a 1.33-liter 4-cylinder engine of 218 horsepower and a torque of 450 Nm. For the first time for a Mercedes-Benz model, the combustion engine is started by the electric motor. The compact hybrids feature no separate 12-volt starter.
The EQ Power function makes the A 250 e and the B 250 e instantly react when the accelerator is pressed. The Saloon with the plug-in hybrid system needs 6.6 seconds to hit 100 km/h from a standstill. It reaches a top speed of 235 km/h and 140 km/h in the electric mode.
A lithium-ion battery with a total capacity of approximately 15.6 kWh stores the energy for an electric range of 70-75 kilometers. The cars can be charged using alternating or direct current sources. A socket in the right-hand side wall allows charging at a 7.4 kW Wallbox with alternating current within 1 hour and 45 minutes from 10 to 100% and in 25 minutes only from 10 to 80% for direct charging.
The high-voltage battery weighing approximately 150 kilograms is water-cooled and it does not compromise much on the boot volume.
The vehicles bearing the third-generation plug-in technology come with all the functions and benefits of the systems. A route-based operating strategy, that considers the data provided by the navigation, speed regulations and route, is included. The MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) and new drive programs such as “Electric” and “Battery Level” are also available, with the first providing maximum e-performance. The driver can choose one of the five different recuperation levels using the paddles on the steering wheel (DAUTO, D+, D, D– and D—). Comfort, ECO and Sport can also be selected.
An electric refrigerant compressor provides pre-entry climate control, that can also be activated by a smartphone app.
The new variants are set to hit the showroom this year. The new variants are part of the premium company’s strategy of launching more than ten plug-in hybrids, with the flagship Mercedes-Benz S-Class on the list for this year. 20 such model variants will be available in 2020.
|A 250 e1||A 250 e Sal||B 250 e|
|Number of cylinders/arrangement||4/in-line|
|Spark-ignition engine rated output
(kW/hp at rpm)
|118/160 at 5500 +/- 1.5%|
|Spark-ignition engine rated torque (Nm at rpm)||250 at 1620|
|Electric motor rated output (kW)||75|
|Electric motor rated torque (Nm)||300|
|System output (kW/hp)||160/218|
|System torque (Nm)||450|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)||6.6||6.7||6.8|
|Top speed (km/h)||235||240||235|
|Top speed, electric (km/h)||140|
|Combined fuel consumption from (l/100 km)||1.5-1.4||1.4||1.6-1.4|
|Combined CO2 emissions from (g/km)||34-33||33-32||36-32|
|Total battery capacity (kWh)||15.6|
|Combined electrical consumption
|NEDC electric range (km)||74-76||75-77||70-77|
|WLTP electric range (km) – AER combined||60-68||61-69||56-67|
|Prices starting at (euros)||36,943.55||37,300.55||37,663.50|