The Mercedes-Benz GLC-class has lately been up to date, so it is smart that every one its variants would get freshened, too. Past the fundamental SUV and coupe variations, the AMG variants of each physique kinds have are available for a freshening, and now comes the brand new model of the pluggable one, the GLC350e.
Like the remainder of the lineup, the 2020 GLC plug-in hybrid will get barely reworked entrance and rear fascias, up to date insides, and sees the adoption of Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment system—full with “Hey, Mercedes” digital-assistant performance—however an important modifications happen below its shapely pores and skin.
The battery pack, for instance, has been enlarged from eight.7 kWh to 13.5 kWh. The outdated GLC plug-in replenished its batteries by way of a three.6-kW onboard charger, however the brand new model includes a 7.Four-kW unit that may absolutely restock the pack with electrons in slightly below eight hours utilizing a normal 120-volt Stage 1/family plug. It may additionally recharge the pack to 80 p.c in simply over two hours when utilizing a Stage 2 240-volt supply. (Regenerative braking can also be aboard to assist feed the pack.) All-electric vary is touted as a lot improved, however the outdated mannequin was rated for less than 10 miles of gas-free transport earlier than needing a recharge, or for the internal-combustion engine to kick in. Determine one thing like 25–30-ish miles of electrical vary when the EPA will get round to ranking this one.
About that fuel engine. It’s a 2.Zero-liter turbocharged four-cylinder good for 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It’s augmented by a stronger electrical motor now rated for 121 horsepower and 325 lb-ft; collectively, the system is able to stumping up 315 horsepower and 516 lb-ft, and that output is routed to the pavement by way of 4Matic all-wheel drive as customary. The zero-to-60-mph dash is claimed to take 5.6 seconds, about half a tick faster than earlier than. The powertrain now incorporates a nine-speed automated instead of the earlier model’s seven-speeder.
Further modifications embrace a brand new steering wheel with capacitive buttons to regulate bigger inside cluster and center-stack screens, customary LED head- and taillamps, and the newest Mercedes driver-assist applied sciences, together with Energetic Lane-Change Help. Pricing has but to be introduced for the GLC350e, however it will likely be positioned above the common lineup and beneath the GLC43s when it arrives at dealerships within the first half of 2020.