First-ever zero-emissions A-Class, too.
German carmaker Mercedes-Benz is intent on getting its EQ Power electrification brand to the masses, and they’re working on adding a PHEV to the A-Class lineup. Despite having been around for a while, the A-Class has never been offered as even a hybrid. So this will be the first zero-emissions A-Class in history.
The A-Class PHEV will get motivation from a new powertrain system that’s being developed as part of a bunch of electrified EQ Power setups that will eventually find their way into the greater Mercedes range. Also, the A-Class PHEV will be a direct answer to the Audi A3 e-tron, which has been on the market for a while but is being prepped for a full model replacement very soon.
Eventually the A-Class’ electrified powertrain will be fitted underneath Merc’s other compact cars, like the CLA-Class, the B-Class, the GLA-Class, and the upcoming GLB-Class. A fleet of prototypes testing out the new powertrain are presently doing their rounds in Europe, ahead of an unveil in September that Autocar suggests will take place at the Paris motor show.
According to the UK publication, internal documents sighted suggest that the A-Class PHEV will pair a 121kW 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol mill to a 67kW electric motor. Interestingly, the new powertrain will apparently have the petrol mill powering the front wheels, and the electric motor handling the rear wheels, effectively offering all-wheel drive.
There will also later be a less-powerful version of the same powertrain for a more affordable model.
The upcoming A-Class PHEV will be part of Mercedes-Benz’s push for electrification, with boss Dr. Dieter Zetsche promising an electrified version of every model Mercedes offers by 2022.