Lengthy skeptical of battery energy, few automakers have reversed course so abruptly as Daimler AG, its luxurious arm particularly.
Among the many assortment of latest, electrified automobiles it’ll convey to the Frankfurt Motor Present this week would be the third-generation model of the Mercedes-Benz 350e 4Matic EQ Energy plug-in hybrid.
Together with its up to date, design, the brand new PHEV will get a bigger, 13.5 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack that can enable it to ship considerably extra vary, an estimated 28 to 30 miles per cost in line with the European NEDC check cycle. Whereas U.S. numbers haven’t been launched but that prompt it may double the present GLC 350e’s anemic 10 miles of all-electric vary.
Daimler’s premier luxurious model has been pushing arduous into battery-electric area during the last a number of years. The Frankfurt present will see it introduce, amongst different issues, an all-electric present automotive that’s extensively anticipated to tease a manufacturing model that will play in the identical, rarified air because the acquainted model flagship, the S-Class.
In the meantime, the automaker lately began rolling out its first manufacturing long-range battery-electric car, the EQC crossover. And an array of extra fashions will observe from a program wherein the automaker is investing about 11 billion euros, or $12.1 billion.
However Mercedes is hedging its bets. Whereas battery know-how is enhancing quickly – with longer vary, sooner charging and decrease prices enhancing its potential attraction – the carmaker is enjoying it protected by additionally emphasizing plug-ins. The benefit is that they’ll deal with native chores and commutes in pure electrical mode however shift to fuel energy when their batteries run down. Mercedes now gives almost a dozen plug-in hybrid fashions, the unique GLC being certainly one of its first.
From a visible viewpoint, the German automaker got down to make the brand new GLC look a bit extra sporty. Each commonplace LED headlights and taillights have been up to date to make them appear extra aggressive, whereas there are modifications to the entrance and rear fascias, as properly.
The large information contained in the cabin is the up to date infotainment system. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC now comes with a 10.25-inch, landscape-oriented display. And, in step with the model’s common route, conventional, analog gauges now might be upgraded to a 12.Three-inch digital show.
The German automaker was an early entrant into the infotainment discipline with its unique COMAND system. It revealed a significant shift in route in January 2018 when it unveiled the MBUX system on the annual Shopper Electronics Present in Las Vegas. The system primarily marries an Amazon Alexa-style voice assistant with the COMAND system, permitting a motorist to function features with plain English, slightly than typically obscure, instructions. It even lets a consumer seek for locations by arising with three descriptive phrases.
Critically, Mercedes stated, it designed the newest GLC line particularly to permit it to slot in the bigger battery with out gobbling up passenger or cargo area. Amongst different issues, it makes use of a lowered rear axle and revised shell so, “The result’s a big, stage baggage compartment which is just just under
that of different GLCs.”
In the meantime, the hybrid drivetrain has additionally been upgraded to extend each vary and efficiency. The two.Zero-liter fuel engine and single electrical motor produce a mixed 315 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. As a result of electrical motors develop most torque all however immediately, the brand new SUVs Zero-60 time has dropped to only 5.6 seconds.
Mercedes says charging instances are 7.75 hours utilizing an ordinary 120-volt dwelling charger and a pair of.25 hours utilizing a 240-volt Degree II charger.
U.S. vary, gas financial system and pricing will likely be introduced nearer to the American on-sale date through the first half of 2020, the corporate stated.