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All-New Mercedes GLA Receives a 218-hp PHEV-Version

Mercedes continues electrifying its range. The new-generation GLA crossover will have a plug-in hybrid modification.

The latest Mercedes GLA will soon be available with a gasoline-electric powertrain. A 1.3-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine works in pair with an electric 102-hp (75 kW) motor. The total output is 218 hp (160 kW). The electric-only driving range reaches 56 km (35 miles).

Mercedes will offer the same powertrain for the latest-generation four-door CLA Coupe as an alternative to gasoline engines.

Thus, all representatives of the Mercedes A-Class lineup will have electrified PHEV modifications. They can be recharged at night in the home garage from a 7.4kW wallbox. Using a fast charger, a 15.6kWh lithium-ion battery can be charged up to 80 percent in 25 minutes.

At the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2019, Mercedes introduced the A250e hybrid hatchback and the B250e compact van with the same power unit that the newest GLA and CLA would be equipped with. The A250e is claimed to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 6.6 seconds. This is 0.4 seconds slower than a lighter gasoline version.

In 2019, Mercedes thoroughly revised its portfolio of compact models. In addition to new generations of the entire A-Class lineup, the company introduced a fully new GLB SUV. For a short period of sales, the newcomer has come close to the second TOP 10 in the U.S. compact SUV segment.

The plug-in hybrid CLA and GLA will be officially unveiled at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show next month.

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