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Mercedes-Benz's Next A-Class Will Come With Plug-In Hybrid Versions

Mercedes-Benz is working on the next-generation MFA platform, which will be called MFA 2, and will underpin the next A-Class.
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The new technical platform will bring lighter cars for the compact segment range from Mercedes-Benz, along with numerous technological advancements. The improvements that are planned for the next-generation A-Class, which will be shared with its platform siblings, involve a plug-in hybrid configuration. The setup will be seen on the corresponding CLA, B-Class, GLA, and other derivative models.

Evidently, not all the engine options in the range built on the MFA 2 platform will get a plug-in hybrid setup, but the new platform is bound to support this type of propulsion solution. Furthermore, every model built on the MFA 2 solution is expected to receive a plug-in hybrid version, which would help Daimler expand its offering in the field of electrified vehicles.

All hybrid models built on the MFA 2 platform are expected to come with turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engines. Most likely, a twin-clutch automated gearbox will be a part of the standard offering for this kind of vehicle.

The rest of the automobiles in the lineup could also benefit from the plug-in hybrid technology without being representatives of the alternative-drive solution. Instead, they may get optimized engines and transmissions, along with improved electrical systems, which will reduce the strain they put on the powerplant.

Moreover, the entire range is expected to become more aerodynamic, which brings an overall benefit concerning fuel economy and efficiency. The first car to get the new platform is the third generation Mercedes-Benz B-Class.

Along with the technological improvements and updates, the platform will also feature an extended wheelbase compared to the current unit, which will bring more interior space. The fourth generation of the A-Class is evidently a recipient of the new platform, and the middle of 2018 should mark the public debut of the resulting model.

 
 
 
 
 

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