Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé, CLA Shooting Brake and GLA now with EQ Power! It is the company’s next step into the electrification of its entire portofolio. The CLA 250 e Coupe, the CLA 250 e Shooting Brake and the GLA 250 e complete the range of EQ Power models in the compact-car family of the company.
The plug-in hybrid models, released online instead of being introduced at the Geneva Motor Show that was cancelled, are set in motion by a system made up of the 1.33-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor of 75 kW, for a total output of 218 horsepower and a system torque of 450 Nm.
The three come with an electric range between 71 and 79 kilometers according to the NEDC standard, provided by a Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE-sourced lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 15.6 kWh and a weight of 150 kilograms. For the first time in a Mercedes-Benz vehicle, the combustion engine is started by the electric motor, as the compact hybrids are not equipped with a 12-volt starter.
The system is coupled to a 8G-DCT dual clutch transmission. Thus, the A 250 e takes only 6.6 seconds to run from a standstill to 100 km/h and reaches a top speedof 235 km/h.
The compact plug-in hybrid models allow charging at a7.4 kW wallbox with alternative current within one hour and 45 minutes from 10 to 100%. It takes approximately 25 minutes for charging with direct current at 24 kW from 10 to 80%.
All new plug-in hybrid models come with the new drive programs “Electric” and “Battery Level”, with the Maximum e-performance being achieved in the “Electric” mode, as the combustion engine is only engaged when the driver uses kickdown on the accelerator pedal. The paddles mounted on the steering wheel enable the selection of one of the five different recuperation levels: DAUTO, D+, D, D– and D_.
The driver can also select the usual Comfort, ECO and Sport modes. The models also feature the pre-entry climate control, that can be remotedly activated via smartphone. The plug-in hybrids have a towing capacity of 1,600 kilograms.
The MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience), activated by simply saying “Hey Mercedes”, helps the driver find the nearest charging station on route. Charging is easier with the Mercedes me Charge app. With no separate contracts necessary, the feature provides access to one of the world’s largest charging networks, with over 300 different operators across Europe.