Mercedes Axes Several Current PHEVs To Ready Next-Gen Versions
Mercedes-Benz is going to introduce its third-generation of plug-in hybrids, under the EQ Power brand.
As you’d expect, this new generation will focus on increasing all-electric range and performance.
Apparently, the German manufacturer already pulled the C-Class, E-Class, GLE and S-Class PHEVs from production to step-by-step replace them with new versions.
The first new plug-in hybrid will be the S-Class several months from now, followed by the new GLE and E-Class by the end of this year. GLE is expected to share the S-Class powertrain, while E-Class will get two engine options (gasoline and diesel).
In Spring of 2019, a new C-Class PHEV and an all-new A-Class will join the party.
For these upcoming M-B PHEVs, the all-electric range is expected to increase by more or less 10 miles, to 31 miles (50 km). The top speed in all-electric mode will increase to 87 mph (140 km/h). Currently, the real-world range (EPA) of several Mercedes-Benz PHEVs are between 8 and 12 miles (13-19 km), so we at least should see a 50% increase in EPA rating on the table.