2025 Mercedes-Benz GLC Plug-In Hybrid: New Arrival in the U.S. Market

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2025 Mercedes-Benz GLC Plug-In Hybrid: New Arrival in the U.S. Market

Mercedes-Benz is enhancing its presence in the American SUV market by introducing a plug-in hybrid version of the GLC, America’s favorite Mercedes model. Meet the 2025 GLC 350e.

What sets this model apart is its hybrid powertrain. It combines a traditional 2-liter four-cylinder engine with a 24.8 kWh lithium-ion battery, powering a 135-horsepower electric motor. This setup delivers a total of 313 horsepower, with the electric motor alone offering a notable 325 lb-ft of torque, leading to a combined torque of 406 lb-ft.

This hybrid GLC can cover 81 miles on electricity alone according to the WLTP cycle, although the more conservative EPA estimate would likely be between 50 and 60 miles. Despite being a bit optimistic, these figures are quite competitive, offering enough range to cover most daily commutes comfortably.

The vehicle can hit speeds of up to 87 mph using just the battery and supports convenient charging options. With an 11-kW AC home charger and up to 60 kW fast charging, you can top up the battery in about half an hour. Additionally, it boasts up to 100 kW of energy recuperation capability.

Opting for a Mercedes means expecting a touch of luxury, and the GLC 350e delivers. It comes packed with all the high-end features you’d anticipate from a luxury plug-in hybrid.

All the standard features of the GLC 300 will be included in the GLC 350e, with the addition of three levels of trim: Standard, Exclusive, and Pinnacle. You’ll have a selection of 13 upholstery styles to choose from. Highlights of the interior include heated and 16-way power-adjustable front seats, ambient lighting, adaptive headlamps, and wireless connectivity for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, among other luxurious touches. The highest trim level adds features like digital light projections and insulated glass.

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) like the GLC 350e act as a bridge for customers transitioning from traditional gasoline vehicles to fully electric ones, providing a taste of electric driving and an introduction to charging and battery management practices. Remember, the benefit of a PHEV can only be maximized if it’s charged regularly; otherwise, the advantage diminishes as the vehicle ends up consuming more fuel due to the extra weight of the battery.

The GLC 350e is part of an expanding lineup of plug-in hybrid models as both automakers and consumers increasingly adopt this technology. It enters the market alongside competitors such as the Audi Q5 55 TFSI e, BMW X5 xDrive45e, and Ford Escape PHEV, to name a few. Details on the pricing will be shared as we approach its launch in the latter half of 2024.

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