In a recent interview, Mercedes' Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing confirmed plans to offer a range-extended B-Class electric vehicle in the United States.

In a recent interview, Mercedes' Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing confirmed plans to offer a range-extended B-Class electric vehicle in the United States.

Speaking with Automotive News, Dr. Joachim Schmidt said the eco-friendly variant would be the only B-Class offered in America.

Recently previewed by the Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS, the range-extended electric vehicle could use a 136 PS (100 kW / 134 hp) electric motor, a 68 PS (50 kW / 67 hp) three-cylinder petrol engine and a lithium-ion battery. If this pans out, the model could have an electric-only range of 100 km (62 miles) and overall range of approximately 600 km (373 miles).

In related news, the executive confirmed the A-Class will be introduced later this year and a new crossover, possibly called the GLC, should arrive at U.S. dealerships in 2014.

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