Mercedes showed its commitment to an electrified future by launching the electric EQ sub-brand and is proliferating that technology with a planned lineup of several EVs. Along with refreshed styling and upgraded features, the 2020 GLC-class adds a new and improved plug-in-hybrid model.
Badged a GLC350e, the plug-in hybrid SUV makes its debut on Tuesday at the Frankfurt International Motor Show and should be at dealerships within the first half of 2020. Outside the United States, Mercedes will also add a plug-in hybrid version of the GLE with a diesel engine for an extra efficiency kick. We’ll also receive a plug-in hybrid GLE, though with a gas engine.
The 350e has Mercedes-Benz’s third-generation plug-in hybrid technology. It combines a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 208 peak horsepower and 258 lb-ft of peak torque with an electric motor that makes 121 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. In total, the 350e EQ Power is rated at 315 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Benz estimates it could do zero to 60 in 5.6 seconds, improved from 6.2 seconds.
Power is put to the ground through Benz’s 9G-TRONIC transmission (previously seven-speed) and 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. The new hybrid design includes the use of a torque converter with an integrated lockup clutch as a starting device, and a second clutch between the gas engine and the electric motor allows for full electric driving.
The plug-in GLC also benefits from a new 7.4-kW onboard charger that increases the system’s charging capacity versus the previous 3.6-kW setup. Mercedes says the 2020 GLC350e can fully recharge its battery in seven hours and 45 minutes using a Level 1 (120-volt) charger and replenish 80 percent of its battery in as little as two hours and 15 minutes with a 240-volt Level 2 charger.
Pricing for the 2020 350e has not yet been announced, but Mercedes-Benz positions it in the middle of the lineup, between the $45,495 GLC 300 4MATIC and the $60,495 AMG GLC 43.