Mercedes-Benz Unveils GLC 350 e Plug-In Hybrid SUV
Mercedes-Benz unveiled its all-new SUV – the GLC, which will be available in plug-in hybrid version GLC 350 e 4MATIC.
Without a doubt this is another model among the 10 new plug-in hybrids, planned by 2017.
“The second generation of the mid-range SUV from Mercedes-Benz goes by the name of GLC and represents a big step forward on several fronts: On a technical level the new SUV clearly makes its mark with the excellent standard of safety that is a brand hallmark, featuring state-of-the-art assistance systems and outstanding energy efficiency. Fuel consumption has been cut by up to 19 percent in comparison to the previous model. At the same time, the AIR BODY CONTROL multi-chamber air suspension that is without parallel in this segment, the extended range of DYNAMIC SELECT dynamic transmission modes and the 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive increase not only the ride comfort, but also the vehicle’s sporty agility – whatever surface it is driving on. Visually, the body follows the clear and sensual design idiom which was demonstrated so successfully by the GLC Coupé showcar concept in the spring, and which serves as the standard for future SUV families. “
On the technical side, GLC 350 e 4MATIC Mercedes-Benz will be similar to other PHEVs in the lineup.
All-electric range stands at 34 km / 21 miles (provisional figures) in European test cycle (NEDC), so don’t expect much in the real world. However it’s possible that in some environments, like short commutes in big cities, this range will work.
Top speed is 235 km/h (146 mph), while acceleration takes 5.9 seconds to 100 km/h (61 mph) – faster than conventional versions. Well, you pay more, you get more.
System power of the all-wheel drive GLC 350 e 4MATIC is 240 kW – 155 ICE + 85 kW electric motor.
“Like its plug-in big brother of the S-Class, the GLC 350 e 4MATIC offers all the characteristic comfort and efficiency systems – from the flexible, intelligent operating strategy through the specific hybrid driving programs and the haptic accelerator pedal to pre-entry climate control.”