Shortly before the start of the IAA in Frankfurt, Mercedes-Benz is moving forward and announcing two new SUV models with plug-in hybrid powertrains. On the one hand the GLE 350 from 4Matic, on the other hand the GLC 300 e 4Matic. Both models use the third generation of Mercedes-Benz plug-in technology.
Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 by 4Matic
For the 4Matic GLE 350, Mercedes-Benz says the vehicle scores with a significantly higher electrical range. This is possible thanks to a larger battery. It can be installed using a special rear car casing and a modified rear axle. According to the manufacturer, the new GLE 350 as a plug-in hybrid covers 99 kilometers purely electrically under optimal conditions, measured by the WLTP method.
The system power of the classic diesel all-wheel-drive SUV is 235 kW / 320 hp. With its torque of 700 Nm, the car reaches a top speed of 210 km / h on the highway. If you want to drive purely electrically, the maximum possible speed is electronically limited to 160 km / h. According to the manufacturer, the sprint from 0 to 100 km / h takes 6.8 seconds.
The battery can be charged using a combination connector for AC / AC and DC / DC charging. It is located on the left side wall, symmetrical to the fuel filler cap on the right side of the vehicle. At DC charging stations, the battery can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in about 20 minutes. Practical: The 4Matic Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 uses four-wheel recovery to fill the energy storage device while braking.
Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 e 4Matic
Would you prefer a gasoline SUV? So Mercedes-Benz will soon have the right vehicle on offer with the GLC 300 e 4Matic. Here, too, the system power is 235 kW / 320 hp with a usable system torque of 700 Nm. However, the GLC is a bit faster. It puts 230 km / h on the road. The fully electric SUV drives at a maximum of 130 km / h. The sprint from 0 to 100 km / h takes 5.7 seconds.
Perhaps one of the most important differences compared to the GLE: the GLC not only drives the site on gasoline instead of diesel, it also has a significantly smaller battery for the electric motor. Capacity is just 13.5 kWh compared to 31.2 kWh for the GLE. And that has a direct impact on electrical autonomy. According to the WLTP measurement, it is a maximum of 43 kilometers.
Prices are still unclear
It is not yet clear when exactly Mercedes-Benz will launch the GLE 350 from 4Matic and the GLC 300 e 4Matic in Germany. Consequently, the price of the two hybrid SUVs is still pending. It is unlikely that the price can be reduced by an environmental bonus, as the cars are almost certainly too expensive for the bonus.