The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC350e is a compact luxury SUV. It’s the German automaker’s second PHEV crossover (the GLE Class EV was its first), following the company’s pledge to provide many new electrified models.
The plug-in-in hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine with an 85 kW electric motor. Mercedes has created three brand names for the new technology it is installing in its Next Generation automobiles; EQ will be branded on all its fully electric vehicles, powered by Lithium-ion batteries; EQ Power is being branded on its plug-in hybrids that use the “Mated Technology” of a gas engine and an electric motor; and EQ Power+ will be branded on its high-performance hybrids.
The GLC350e is an EQ Power plug-in hybrid, which “mates” an 85kW electric motor with a inline-4 turbo gas engine for an exceptional 315 hp (combined). An E-BOOST feature lets the electric motor raise total torque up to 413 lb-ft, for quick acceleration along with remarkable efficiency. The GLC350e can rush from 0 to 60 in just 6.2 seconds, or return up to 56 MPGe on the highway with a fully charged battery. The advanced lithium-ion battery can be charged by the gas engine while driving, at public charging stations, or at home. The pure electric range is up to 9 miles – considered low for a plug-in hybrid. Charging time is 1.9 hours on a Level 2 240V home charger.
The GLC 350e’s combined horsepower is rated at 320, and the combined torque measures 413 lb-ft of torque. Motive force is geared through a 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and paddle shifters to either the rear wheels or Mercedes’ 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system. The 2019 GLC 350e plug-in arrives with almost an unchanged formula from when it was introduced last year. New features/options for this year include: heated front seats, a household power outlet, and an off-road engineering package.
With an MSRP of $50,650, the GLC350e comes with a wide assortment of opulent features, a lush interior and seats for 5 passengers. For safety, style, space and innovative luxury, this vehicle is hard to top. This price can be reduced with a federal tax credit of almost $4,500.
Says car reviewer Arv Voss: “Driving this new Mercedes-Benz PHEV is both pleasant and rewarding. Mercedes estimates that the GLC350e is 0.2 seconds quicker from 0-60 mph than the GLC300 4MATIC. Using only the electric motor, the GLC350e generates 251 lb-ft of torque and is capable of a top speed of 87-mph. The ride quality rates high on the comfort scale, and the interior ambiance is top notch, with intuitive controls. Safety equipment, connectivity and infotainment are representative of what one expects from a Mercedes. Experimenting with the four driving modes results in altering the mix of the powertrain’s electric and gas/electric driving. The standard Hybrid mode is self explanatory. E-Mode supplies power exclusively by the electric motor. The remaining two modes, E-Save and Charge, keep only the gas engine running allowing the driver to conserve battery power for later use, while the Charge mode replenishes the battery while under way. Other adjustable settings include: Individual, Sport +, Sport, Comfort and Eco.”
Arv Voss: “The latest iteration GLC350e displays the image of a coupe like body style that leads off with a bold, expressive front end featuring a horizontal two bar grille anchored by a large, circular three-pointed star logo and flanked by “cat’s-eye” headlamps. The roofline slopes gracefully rearward over the rear doors, and angles down over the short rear-end. Both front and rear overhangs are abbreviated and emphasize the GLC350e’s low, aerodynamic stance. Competitors in the compact SUV class include Audi’s Q5, BMW’s X3, the Lexus NX, and the Porsche Macan.”
Like all other Mercedes vehicles, the GLC350e is commodious and luxurious. Rich, plush-looking materials decorate the cabin. Insulation is excellent; little noise reaches the interior. Seating is comfortable and provides excellent support for passengers. Headspace is roomy, as is leg space. Interior features include: a central 7-inch display with driver-convenient controls for Auto, Navigation and hands-free calling; a 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel; Privacy Glass; Apple CarPlay; Android Auto; Voice Controls and an in-car WiFi hotspot. Mercedes offers an optional Heads-up display which projects an 8-inch image of high resolution information onto the windscreen.
The GLC 350e has lots of safety tech and equipment which prevents accidents and keeps you safe from mishaps. Standard features include: 7 airbags; Active Brake Assist; a Rearview Camera; Attention Assist; Brake Assist (BAS), PRE-SAFE; Trailer Stability Assist; an an Electric Parking Brake.
Additional standard feature include: 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive, 40/20/40-split rear seats with power, a power lift gate, DYNAMIC SELECT, a Central Controller (7-color display), and Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control.
REVISED JULY 2019
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