Mercedes-Benz GLC Now available As Plug-In Hybrid
The iconic German carmaker, Mercedes-Benz, has announced the inclusion of a plug-in hybrid model of the GLE in 2020. It will be called the GLC350e and has a 2.0-liter inline-4 and an electric motor-generator with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The system pumps out 315 horsepower and will get you to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds.
More Hybrid Than Electric
All-wheel drive is standard. The electric motor-generator starts the engine and recovers and stores braking energy in a lithium-ion battery. Mercedes states the range of the car on an electric charge is 30 miles, but experts predict that the real range will likely be less than 20 miles. Enough for driving around town, but not enough to make even a short roundtrip on a single charge. Fortunately, the car is more efficient as a hybrid. The hybrid system calculates navigational data and speed limits as well as current engine output to determine when to switch in and out of electric mode.
Before announcing the plug-in hybrid, Mercedes Benz had already announced stylistic and tech upgrades for the 2020 GLC. A two-bar grille widened headlights and taillights, and bold front and rear bumpers toughen up the formerly soft impression of the 2019 version. M-B also added a twist to its infotainment system. The 10.3-inch dash screen can be controlled by steering wheel-mounted touch-controls. You wake it up by saying “Hey Mercedes.” The system is intuitive and functional, and the cockpit feels roomier than its rivals.
Mercedes is all-in on the green revolution and plans to have more than 20 plug-in hybrids by the end of 2020. These include hybrid versions of the C-, E-, S-Class, A-, and B-Class. If you’re ready to plug and play, Mercedes-Benz has a well-thought-out model carefully designed to fit your needs.
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