Mercedes-Benz unveils GLE 350de plug-in hybrid with 66 miles of electric range
The range spec would likely be closer to 45 miles if estimated by EPA standards.
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled two new plug-in hybrid crossovers for the European market, the GLE 350de 4Matic and refreshed GLC 300e 4Matic, along with the GLC 350e 4Matic for US customers.
The GLE 350de (pictured) integrates a 31.2-kWh battery capable of driving 66 miles according to the NEDC test cycle, which probably correlates to around 45 miles if estimated using the more stringent EPA regulations.
Combined system output from the electric motor and 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine is 320 horsepower and a more impressive 516 pound-feet of torque. Drivers can expect to hit 62 mph in 6.8 seconds.
The GLC 300e provides the same total system output, but with a gasoline engine and a smaller 13.5-kWh battery that is expected to receive an electric range rating of up to 30 miles (NEDC).
The GLC is presumably the lighter of the two, explaining its superior 5.7-second acceleration to 62 mph.
Mercedes-Benz issued a separate press release for the US-market GLC 350e, which appears to match the same powertrain configuration as the Euro-spec GLC 300e despite a slightly lower 315 horsepower. The outgoing 350e has an electric range of just 10 miles. The refreshed model has not yet received an official EPA rating, though its larger battery should bring the number up to around 35 miles.
The 2020 GLC 350e will arrive in US showrooms in the first half of next year.