GLE 350 de and GLC 300 e: new third-generation Plug-in hybrids Mercedes
World premiere of the plug-in hybrid Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 de 4Matic. The GLE impresses with its all-electric range: thanks to a battery with a capacity of 31.2 kWh, it is capable of over 100 kilometres. It also has a top speed of up to 160 km/h under electric power. Its state-of-the-art four-cylinder Diesel engine is also highly efficient. The GLC 300 e 4Matic likewise uses the third-generation plug-in technology of Mercedes-Benz.
The considerably longer range of the GLE 350 de 4Matic points the way to an even more rewarding e-driving experience. A special rear end design and a modified rear axle create space for the large battery. There is no step in the luggage compartment, the capacity of which is still generous at up to 1915 litres. The proportion of electric driving is not only increased by the long range, but also by rapid recharging en route. To this end the SUV has a combined charging socket for alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) charging. It is located in the left side wall, symmetrical with the fuel flap on the right side of the vehicle.
At corresponding DC charging stations, the battery can be charged in approx. 20 minutes (10-80 percent state of charge) or in approx. 30 minutes (10-100 percent).
As the largest member of the EQ Power family, the GLE 350 de 4Matic benefits in particular from cutting-edge technology. This also includes the high potential made possible by recuperation at all four wheels, with a maximum recuperation torque of 1800 Nm. In this mode, most driving situations can be controlled merely by accelerator action. Also, as a plug-in hybrid the GLE has an unrestricted towing capacity of up to 3500 kg.
The new model year sees the GLC boasting an even more striking design, the intuitive MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system and state-of-the-art driving assistance systems.
With the new GLC 300 e 4Matic, customers only have to accept minor restrictions in terms of load capacity. As an all-wheel drive SUV, the GLC 300 e is also predestined for towing, as it has a towing capacity of 2000 kg.
The exterior design is characterised by sporty features. A distinctive off-road look is accentuated by muscular surface contours and striking details such as the chrome trim that now continues from the front end to the rear as standard, and by the heavily contoured radiator grille.
The GLC now has LED High Performance headlamps as standard. Their contours have been significantly changed, and they are now smaller and flatter. Redesigned all-LED tail lights are also included as standard.
From the very start, the GLC was designed for space-saving integration of a battery. This is assisted by the lowered rear axle and a bodyshell designed for battery integration.
The result is a large, level luggage compartment whose capacity of 395-1445 litres is only just below that of other GLCs.