2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e 4MATIC: New third-generation plug-in hybrid

The World Premiere of the plug-in hybrid Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e impresses with its third-generation plug-in hybrid technology from Mercedes-Benz.

STUTTGART- The World Premiere of the plug-in hybrid Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e impresses with its third-generation plug-in hybrid technology from Mercedes-Benz. Thanks to a battery with a capacity of 13.5 kWh, GLC 350e 4MATIC will benefit from increased all-electric range (NEDC electric range approx. 39-43 km). The redesigned Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e will celebrate its World Premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and will go on sale in the Canada in early 2020.

The exterior design is characterized by sporty features. A distinctive off-road look is accentuated by muscular surface contours and striking details such as the chrome trim that now continues from the front end to the rear, and by the heavily contoured radiator grille. The standard LED High Performance headlamps and tail lamps have been redesigned. Their contours have been significantly changed, and they are now smaller and flatter, making the torch-like outline of the daytime driving lights even more prominent, and the typical Mercedes-Benz light signature even more recognizable.

From the very start, the GLC was designed for space-saving integration of a battery. This is assisted by the lowered rear axle and a body shell designed for battery integration. The result is a large, level luggage compartment which is only just below that of other GLCs.

More power, more range and more fun. The current electric engine has been redesigned for the 9G-TRONIC plug-in hybrid drives and is designed according to the principle of a permanently excited synchronous motor as an internal rotor. The new, significantly enhanced power electronics have allowed considerable increases in power and torque density.

One of the greatest innovations compared with the previous version is the use of a torque converter with integrated lockup clutch as a starting device, and an additional clutch between the combustion engine and electric motor for all-electric driving. The stator of the electric motor is permanently integrated into the traction head housing, while the rotor is between the power flow of the separating clutch and transmission input. On-demand stator and rotor cooling allows use of the electric motor’s peak and continuous output without any problems.

The high-voltage on-board electrical system supplies not only the drive components and the vacuum pump of the regenerative braking system, but also the electric A/C compressor and the high-voltage heater booster.

By the end of 2019, Mercedes-Benz will have more than ten plug-in hybrids available globally. BY 2020, the aim is to have well over 20 plug-in hybrid model variants.