Another new electric vehicle (EV) offering from the German automaker Mercedes-Benz was recently unveiled, following the recent GLE 550 e plug-in SUV reveal. In this latest case, the company showed off the new GLC 350 e 4MATIC plug-in hybrid SUV.
The new PHEV is part of the new second generation of the mid-range GLC SUV platform, and features improved fuel efficiency owing to improved drive systems, reduced weight, etc — amongst other things.
The new all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid SUV reportedly “only” emits 60 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer traveled in hybrid mode, and possesses an all-electric range of 21 miles. The top speed is reportedly 235 km/h (~145 mph), and 0-100 km/hr (0-62 mph) can be achieved in just 5.9 seconds.
The GLC 350 e 4MATIC PHEV features:
- an 85 kilowatt (kW) electric motor;
- an 8.7 kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion battery pack;
- 340 N· of torque;
- a 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct injection gasoline engine.
There are 4 basic operating modes available while using the GLC 350 e 4MATIC. Here’s a basic overview: Hybrid Mode, which makes use of the electric drive, regenerative braking, etc, to optimize fuel efficiency; E-mode, which is the all-electric driving option; E-Save mode, which is the mode intended for use when looking to save battery life for later use (likely in urban environments); and Charge Mode, which allows the battery to be charged via the combustion engine while traveling.
Overall, the Mercedes GLC 350 e 4MATIC PHEV SUV looks to be a pretty solid plug-in SUV despite the fairly low all-electric range. Hopefully one of the as yet unrevealed, but still alluded to, other Mercedes PHEVs features a better all-electric range.
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