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Mercedes-Benz Releases A 313-HP Plug-in Version Of The GLC

Mercedes-Benz's 313-HP plug-in GLC takes about 6.6 seconds to reach 60 mph.

Later this year, the Mercedes-Benz portfolio will expand with the introduction of the 2025 GLC350e 4Matic plug-in hybrid. In the latter part of 2024, the new model goes on sale in the United States, where it will join the GLC300 in the portfolio. 

Mercedes GLC Plug-InEngine, Transmission, and Performance

A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, 134 horsepower electric motor, and 24.8 kWh (useable) battery are housed under the hood. 406 pound-feet of torque and 313 horsepower make up the system's total output. The electric motor quickly produces 325 lb-ft or 80% of the total torque output.

According to Mercedes, the crossover takes 6.6 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour. When using the engine, the GLC's maximum speed is electronically limited to 135 mph; however, when the car is running entirely on electricity, it is capped at 87 mph. Up to 81 miles may be covered by the plug-in hybrid on a single charge, however, Mercedes only reached that distance on Europe's lenient WLTP cycle; the US is likely to see a lower mileage estimate. With a typical 60-kilowatt DC charger, owners may recharge the battery in roughly 30 minutes. 

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Three trim levels will be offered: Standard, Exclusive, and Pinnacle. Heated front seats, power liftgate, adaptive high-beam assist, blind-spot detection, dual-zone automatic climate control, and more are included as standard features. A Burmester 3D Surround Sound audio system, improved ambient lighting, and illuminated door sills are included with the Exclusive trim. All of that is included in the Pinnacle, along with an enhanced Digital Light headlamp system, noise- and heat-insulating glass, and a head-up display.

The inside of the GLC class has tastefully chosen premium materials, a contemporary layout, and intriguingly formed HVAC vents on the dashboard. The infotainment and HVAC systems are controlled via a highly digitalized touchscreen interface.

The C300 sedan's touch-sensitive control buttons were replaced with new ones on the steering wheel, and all models now include standard heated front seats with memory settings and adjustable lumbar support. Standard features include a power-operated sunroof, electric rear liftgate, and ambient lighting.

Similar to previous Mercedes vehicles, the GLC-class has a wide range of opulent options available, such as leather upholstery, ventilated seats, illuminated doorsill plates, heated steering wheel, and panoramic sunroof.

Mercedes GLC interior Infotainment and Connectivity

Mercedes-newest MBUX infotainment system is standard on the Hybrid, matching the features seen in the nonhybrid GLC-class SUV and C-class sedan. Important mechanical and speed data is relayed via a 12.3-inch digital gauge panel. From the center console, an 11.9-inch infotainment touchscreen swoops up and is very slightly inclined toward the driver. The system has standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities and can recognize voice commands. The augmented reality function of in-dash navigation, which is optional, superimposes directions over a display image of the road ahead.

A Burmester premium audio system and a head-up display are two other noteworthy optional additions.

We consider the infotainment system to be a step backward in terms of user-friendliness because it lacks physical controls for the HVAC system and a knob for the music volume. There is an 11.9-inch central infotainment display and a 12.3-inch digital instrument screen inside. Eleven exterior colors, thirteen upholstery options, and eight distinct wheel types will be available for customers to choose from. 

The carmaker claims that the GLC350e 4Matic will round up the GLC lineup and arrive on dealer lots later this year. The cost of the crossover will be revealed by Mercedes closer to the time of release. With 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, the 2023 GLC300 4Matic starts at $50,250 (with a $1,150 destination fee). The new plug-in hybrid version is expected to fetch a higher price.

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Boris Georgiev has been a journalist for over a decade now, but for the last few years, he decided on cars and motorsport. He has been attending different events and car shows, expanding his knowledge and automotive expertise. Having driven various Mercedes-Benz models throughout his life, he naturally finds himself attracted to the brand. Boris is now a true Benz expert and reports the latest stories about the company. Please follow him on X for more Mercedes-Benz tweets.