Mercedes-Benz is adding two plug-in hybrid models complete the range of the brand’s successful SUV family: the GLC 300 e 4MATIC priced from 71,471.40 euros and the GLC 400 e 4MATIC from 74,922.40 euros. The new models keep on coming at a brisk pace: spring 2023 will see the market launch of the third plug-in hybrid model, the GLC 300 de 4MATIC.
The new Mercedes‑Benz GLC remains true to the successful formula of modern, sporty luxury from Mercedes‑Benz: the completely redesigned model series offers a compelling combination of design and technology coupled with sporty performance as well as comfort and agility.
The plug-in hybrids have a permanently excited 100 kW synchronous machine and offer a system output of up to 280 kW (381 hp) along with a system torque of up to 750 Nm. With electric ranges of up to 130 kilometres according to WLTP, most everyday journeys can be covered purely electrically. The improved hybrid driving programme provides the electric driving mode for the most appropriate sections of the route. On routes in urban areas, for example, the GLC prioritises electric driving. But the GLC can also travel on rough terrain without a combustion engine if desired, thanks to a new off-road programme.
An 11 kW charger is fitted as standard on the plug-in hybrid models for charging from the domestic AC mains or the three-phase Wallbox. In addition, an optional 60 kW DC fast charger is available on request. Charging at public charging points offers a pleasant interlude with Mercedes me Charge. The charging network, with around 300,000 charging points in Europe, offers three charging tariffs that are tailored to the individual driving distances. This makes charging with Mercedes me Charge even easier and more transparent. Drivers of a plug-in hybrid from Mercedes‑Benz receive an exclusive price advantage for public charging, with fixed-price rates per kilowatt hour of electricity in the first year after registration. In addition, the monthly standing charge of 4.90 euros in the M tariff is waived in the first year for new car buyers. This appeals to city commuters, for example.
Mercedes me Charge gives customers access to a wide range of public charging stations located in cities and in places like shopping centres, hotels or service stations. The Mercedes me App indicates the exact position, current availability and price at the selected charging station in advance.
For many customers, the electric operating range is an important factor when deciding on an electrified vehicle. Mercedes‑Benz helps its customers to easily find out the influences that the individual operating conditions have on the actual electric range.
On the GLC product page, customers can combine external factors such as outside temperature, driving profile and climate control requirements to see at a glance what electric range they can expect in everyday driving. This clarifies under what conditions the actual electric range may deviate from the certificated figure.
The high power density of the hybrid drive unit comes courtesy of a permanently excited internal rotor synchronous motor. The 440 Nm peak torque of the electric motor is ready to go right from the start, resulting in high agility when moving off, along with dynamic driving performance. All-electric driving is possible up to a speed of 140 km/h.
In the new GLC, Mercedes‑Benz uses a vacuum-independent, electromechanical brake booster that automatically controls the flexible switch between hydraulic braking and recuperation depending on the driving situation, thus always achieving the best possible energy recovery. As a result, the vehicle reaches the maximum recuperation power of up to 100 kW more frequently than with a conventional, purely hydraulic braking system.
The high-voltage battery is an in-house development by Mercedes‑Benz, and has a total capacity of 31.2 kWh. Even when the battery is empty, a full charge can be achieved in around 30 minutes using the optional 60 kW DC fast charger.
Technical data at a glance:
|GLC 300 e 4MATIC||GLC 400 e 4MATIC||GLC 300 de 4MATIC|
|Petrol engines||Diesel engines|
|Rated output petrol/diesel engine||kW/hp||150/204||185/252||145/197|
|Rated torque petrol/diesel engine||Nm||320||400||440|
|Rated output, electric motor||kW/hp||100/136||100/136||100/136|
|Rated torque, electric motor||Nm||440||440||440|
|Rated battery capacity||kWh||31.2||31.2||31.2|
|Top speed, electric||km/h||140||140||140|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||s||6.7||5.6||6.4|
|Combined consumption, weighted (WLTP)||l/100 km||0.6-0.5||0.6-0.5||0.5-0.4|
|Combined CO2 emissions, weighted (WLTP)||g/km||15-12||15-12||14-10|
|Combined electric energy consumption, weighted (WLTP)||kWh/100 km||22.5-20.4||22.5-20.4||22.9-20.5|
|All-electric range (EAER city) (WLTP)||km||119-130||119-130||112-128|