NEW YORK -- Mercedes-Benz, marking its first U.S. foray into electrified vehicles, today introduced the five-seat, five-door B-class Electric Drive at the New York auto show.
The 2014 battery electric vehicle will go on sale in early 2014. The plug-in EV has a lithium ion battery stored under the floor to save space and a 134-hp electric motor that gives it a range of 115 miles.
The vehicle is based on Mercedes-Benz's new front-wheel-drive platform for compact cars. The B class is a five-door hatchback that is available with conventional power. The United States will get only the pure electric version. Pricing will be released later.
Mercedes-Benz also considered bringing the SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive -- priced at more than $500,000 -- to the United States, but there are no plans to do so now, a company official said today.
Mercedes-Benz said the B-class electric has a torque output of 228 pounds-feet -- nearly the same as a gasoline engine with a displacement of 3.0 liters. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 10 seconds. Speed is electronically limited to 100 mph.