2025 Mercedes-Benz GLC Plug-In Hybrid enters U.S. market

2025 Mercedes-Benz GLC Plug-In Hybrid enters U.S. market

Mercedes-Benz's 2025 GLC 350e, a plug-in hybrid variant of the widely-popular GLC model, heralds the renowned luxury brand’s electrifying entry into the US SUV market. This introduction aligns with the rising demand for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), offering consumers a tempting combination of efficiency and performance in the automotive landscape.

At the heart of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e compact crossover luxury SUV lies its innovative drivetrain, which blends a 2-liter four-cylinder gas engine with a 24.8 kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion battery powering a robust 135-horsepower (hp) electric motor. The result is a formidable combined system output of 313 hp and an impressive 325 pound-foot of torque (406 lb-ft combined), delivering power and efficiency in equal measure.

One of the most alluring features of the upcoming luxury crossover SUV is its electric-only range. According to the company’s claims, the GLC 350e delivers an estimated range of 81 miles on the WLTP cycle. While real-world EPA figures may differ to some extent, the vehicle is anticipated to fall within the range of 50 to 60 miles, which is ample for daily commuting needs. What's more, the PHEV can cruise at speeds of up to 87 miles per hour (mph) on battery power alone, offering a noiseless and emissions-free driving experience.

Charging the new PHEV is also a breeze, thanks to support for both home AC charging using an 11-kW charger and fast charging of up to 60 kW, which promises a full battery charge in merely 30 minutes. Additionally, the PHEV boasts up to 100 kW of recuperation capacity from its energy recovery system, further enhancing efficiency.

When it comes to luxury and comfort, the GLC 350e plug-in hybrid leaves no stone unturned. It offers an array of standard features across three trim levels: Standard, Exclusive, and Pinnacle. From heated and power-adjustable front seats to ambient lighting and advanced connectivity options, such as wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, the vehicle ensures a premium driving experience for occupants.

Amidst the surging popularity of PHEVs, the Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e enters the scene alongside a robust lineup of EV competitors, including the Audi Q5 55 TFSI e, Ford Escape, and the BMW X5 xDrive45e PHEV. While pricing details are yet to be announced, the GLC 350e is expected to redefine the luxury PHEV segment with its exceptional fusion of performance, efficiency, and refinement.

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