Mercedes launches GLE 350 de and GLC 300 e PHEVs

Mercedes Benz has added two new plug-in hybrids to its SUV range - the GLE 350 de and GLC 300 e - the former featuring an electric-only driving range of 60 miles on a charge.

The GLE 350 de is a plug-in diesel hybrid that features a 31.2 kWh battery for a range between 56 and 62 miles on a charge, depending on specification. The battery powers a 100 kW electric motor, which contributes to a combined power output of 320 hp (235 kW). CO2 emissions are 29 g/km, and the official fuel economy is 256.8 MPG.

The petrol-powered GLC 300 e plug-in hybrid has a more common set of statistics, with a 13.5 kWh battery allowing an electric-only range of 24 to 27 miles on a charge. CO2 emissions are rated at up to 57 g/km, and the fuel economy score is 112.9 MPG in the least efficient specification. All of the above figures are based on WLTP testing, which at least in terms of electric driving range, proves relatively achievable in real-world driving conditions.

Both models feature Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel drive system, and the GLE 350 de can be rapid charged on CCS charge points at up to 60 kW. A 10-80% charge will take around 20 minutes, and a 10-100% charge around half an hour.

This new GLE 350 de joins the latest BMW X5 plug-in hybrid in offering considerably larger battery packs, and subsequently, longer driving ranges on electric-only power. The BMW features a 24 kWh battery - the same as the first-generation Nissan Leaf - and this new GLE 350 de has a similarly-sized battery to the updated Leaf MkI.

Further specifications and pricing details will be released closer to on-sale date.

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Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:9th Sep 2019

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