Mercedes CLA and GLA plug-in hybrid models revealed
Mercedes has launched new PHEV-powered variants of the CLA Coupé, CLA Shooting Brake and GLA crossover
All models use the same PHEV powertrain, which comprises a 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, an electric motor and a 15.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The system has a combined output of 215bhp and 450Nm of torque.
Due to the varied size and weight of the three vehicles, each has slightly different specs. The CLA Coupé 250 e is the fastest of the three, with a claimed 0–62mph time of 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 149mph. It’s also the most efficient, with a maximum claimed fuel economy figure of 201.7mpg and a maximum electric range of around 43 miles.
The CLA Shooting Brake 250 e occupies the middle ground in terms of performance, with a 0–62mph time of 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 146mph. It’s also slightly less efficient than the Coupé, with claimed fuel economy figures of between 176.5 and 201.7mpg and a maximum electric range of around 42 miles.
The GLA 250 e, which is the heaviest of the trio, is the slowest and least economical model here. Mercedes says it has a 0–62mph time of 7.1 seconds, a top speed of 136mph, economy figures between 156.9–176.5mpg and an electric range of roughly 40 miles.
All three cars can recover a 10–80 per cent charge in an hour and 45 minutes when plugged into a domestic 7.4kW wallbox charger. When connected to a 24kW direct current charger, the battery can be topped up from flat to 80 per cent in around 25 minutes.
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