New Mercedes GLA hybrid: prices, spec and on-sale date for 250 e plug-in
Prices and specifications for the UK market haven't been released, but Mercedes has confirmed the GLA 250 e will go on sale in May, ahead of first deliveries in early summer 2020.
Its powertrain is shared with the other A-Class family plug-in models (the A-Class hatchback and saloon, and the CLA coupe and shooting brake): a 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 101bhp electric motor, giving a total of 215bhp. That’s enough for a 7.1-second 0-62mph time and a top speed of 137mph.
The car’s hybrid system uses a 15.6kWh battery to give a claimed pure-electric range of up to 38 miles, while a full charge of the battery from 10 to 100% using a 7.4kW home wallbox will take an hour and 45 minutes. A 24kW DC charging time from 10 to 80% is quoted at around 25 minutes.
Fuel economy is quoted at around 157 to 177mpg, but achieving that in the real world depends on starting with a fully topped-up battery. Just like its A-Class siblings, the GLA 250 e can be configured by the driver to hold onto its charge, or allowed to figure out for itself how best to deploy its power.
The car’s high-tech drivetrain can use sat-nav data to decide where best to use pure-electric power, while five levels of regenerative braking can be selected using steering-wheel paddles.
As with other 250 e cars, the GLA uses the latest iteration of Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system to control all of its hybrid functions: the car’s cabin can be set to pre-heat or pre-cool ahead of a journey and a number of selectable driving modes allow the car’s responses to be tailored to the road conditions at hand.