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Mercedes Shows Off GLC 350 e 4MATIC Plug-In SUV

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.

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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.

Image Credit: Mercedes

 
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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.

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