Mercedes-Benz is developing a plug-in hybrid version of 4th generation A-Class that is expected to enter market in 2019.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class (ICE)

Mercedes-Benz A-Class (ICE)

The German manufacturer is currently testing a fleet of prototypes, so we think the public unveiling could happen in September at the Paris Motor Show.

According to Autocar's sources, the A-Class PHEV will be a direct competitor to Audi A3 e-tron (which is an aging plug-in hybrid, by the way).

The A-Class with EQ Power treatment's provisional specs include an all-wheel drive powertrain with a 1.3-liter gasoline engine for the front axle and separately an all-electric motor for the rear axle.

Base specs (unofficial):

  • system output 163bhp (1.3-litre four-cylinder M282 petrol engine + 90bhp electric motor)
  • all-wheel drive
  • unknown all-electric range
There is also the possibility of an affordable lower-spec version with 136 bhp of system output.

An all-electric A-Class is not the part of the equation because an all-electric compact will be built on the new platform for BEVs, under the EQ brand (EQA model) with new exterior styling.

Source: Autocar