ELECTRIFIED variants of the new Mercedes A-Class are in the pipeline. Head of powertrain development for the car, Oliver Ebelsheiser, confirmed the hatchback will soon have a version with battery propulsion.
He said: “We will have electrical vehicles in each and every platform in the future. This includes the new compact car platform, meaning it will have an electrified variant.”
Ebelsheiser also suggested both hybrid and all-electric versions of the car were under consideration, with the former more likely to come first. He added: “We are thinking about both, but hybrid definitely makes sense as there are rivals out there with hybrids in that vehicle range. We will have the same.”
Mercedes-Benz currently offers a number of hybrid options across its range – such as on the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class - while its stablemate brand Smart offers all-electric variants of the ForTwo and ForFour city cars.
The firm also revealed the Concept EQA at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, previewing an allelectric hatchback packed with tech.
The new Mercedes A-Class is also launching with one diesel engine, and despite the on-going war against diesel, Ebelsheiser is confident more black-pump versions will appear in the future.