Mercedes-Benz redesigned its GLC coupe (read: SUV with coupelike styling) and (just regular) SUV models for 2020, and its lineup keeps expanding. An updated plug-in hybrid GLC350e 4Matic EQ Power joins revised versions of the GLC300, Mercedes-AMG GLC63, GLC63 S and AMG GLC43 models.
Power for the all-wheel-drive SUV comes from a carryover turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 208 horsepower. It pairs with an electric motor that makes 121 hp for a total output of 315 hp, the same as the outgoing version of the hybrid. Mercedes estimates it’s good for zero-to-60 mph in 5.6 seconds, slightly faster than the model-year 2019 hybrid. A nine-speed automatic is the sole transmission, and it replaces a seven-speed automatic.
While the engine may sound familiar, the battery size has been upgraded for 2020 to 13.5 kilowatt-hours, and Mercedes says range is up. The SUV is estimated to have 28-30 miles of all-electric range based on the New European Driving Cycle; EPA estimates aren’t yet available. The previous model was good for less than 9 miles of range with an mpg-e rating of 56 miles per gallon from the EPA.
Outside, the updates are subtle. Additional chrome trim lines the body and the grille is more contoured; the standard LED headlights also have a revised design. Inside, the hybrid gets the same updates as its siblings, like the new version of Mercedes’ MBUX multimedia system.
Charge times are modest; with a Level 1 charger, it takes 7.75 hours to go from a 10 percent charge to 100 percent. On a Level 2 unit, it takes 2.25 hours to go from 10 percent to 80 percent.
The 350e 4Matic EQ Power will go on sale in the U.S. during the first half of 2020. Mercedes says that, by the end of 2019, it’ll have more than 10 plug-in hybrids available globally, and its goal is to offer more than 20 hybrid models by 2020.
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