For the first time in the NGCC range (Next-Generation Compact Car), Mercedes-Benz is introducing plug-in hybrid power for their junior models. Gaining plug-in hybrid (PHEV) tech are the CLA four-door coupe, CLA Shooting Brake, and GLA crossover.
Mercedes-Benz calls their hybrid technology EQ Power although the ones in the NGCC models benefit from the aforementioned plug-in system. By introducing it to the smallest vehicles in their portfolio, just about every model they make these days now come with some form of electric assist.
Dubbed CLA 250 e, CLA 250 e Shooting Brake, and GLA 250 e; all are powered by a turbocharged 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that's good for 160 PS and 250 Nm of torque. It is then paired to a 75 kw electric motor which is also rated for 300 Nm of torque. The result is a combined output of 218 PS and a diesel-like torque figure of 450 Nm. AMG models aside, these are the fastest versions of each of these models with the CLA 250 e doing the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 6.8 seconds, the Shooting Brake in 6.9 seconds, and the GLA 250 e in 7.1 seconds.
But despite performance figures like that, all three boast low fuel consumption according to factory figures. For instance, the CLA 250 e and Shooting Brake can do up to 71.4 kilometers per liter, while the GLA 250 e could reach up to 62.5 kilometers per liter. That can be further boosted thanks to the pure EV mode all models have as standard. All three can go over 70 kilometers without having to use the engine when running solely on the batteries.
Aside from the CLA, CLA Shooting Brake, and GLA, the company will also offer this powertrain option to the A-Class hatchback, A-Class sedan, and B-Class. It remains to be seen if the GLB will be fitted with this system in the future. But given Mercedes-Benz's direction at the moment, it's more than likely that the compact seven-seat crossover will have a plug-in option in the near future.