Mercedes-Benz adds to EQ hybrid line-up

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Mercedes Benz has revealed that it is expanding its EQ Power label range with the A 250 e, the A 250 e and B 250 e, all of which are equipped with the brand’s third-generation hybrid drive.

The vehicles feature transversely mounted engines. A compact hybrid traction head has also been developed for the 8F-DCT dual-clutch transmission, which follows the same technical principles as the corresponding component on the vehicles with a longitudinally installed engine.

For the first time on a Mercedes-Benz vehicle, the combustion engine is started by the e-motor. A lithium-ion high-voltage battery with a total capacity of approximately 15.6kWh is used as an electric energy storage unit.

The compact vehicles offer operating electric ranges of between 70km and 75km (43-46 miles) . Mercedes-Benz promises the three vehicles will develop an electric output of 101ps, 217ps total system output and 450Nm of torque.

This enables a top speed of 140km/h (87mph) under electric power and 235km/h (146mph) with the combined powertrain system. The compact hybrids will accelerate from 0-100km/h in 6.6 seconds.

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