Mercedes Benz GLC 2020 plug-in hybrid uncovered – confirmed for Australia

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the GLC 300e with its latest third-generation PHEV tech.

The GLC mid-size SUV will join the C-Class plug-in hybrid later in 2020 in 300e 4Matic trim sporting a 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder engine and electric motor with a combined system output of 235kW/700Nm. Drive is sent to all four wheels via a nine-speed torque converter automatic transmission.

This grants the GLC 300e a 0-100km/h sprint time of just 5.7 seconds and a braked towing capacity of 2000kg.

To accommodate the battery, Mercedes made significant underbody changes to the GLC as to not interfere with cabin or luggage space – these changes include a lowered rear axle and a slightly altered bodyshell to accommodate the battery. The mid-sizer will have a 395-litre boot with the seats up or a 1445L space with the seats down.

Unlike its larger sibling, the GLE 350de (which will not be launched in Australia), the GLC 300e will have a smaller 13.5kWh battery pack, good for an electric range of up to 49km (NEDC). The GLC 300 e has a combined fuel consumption of 2.5L/100km.

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed to CarsGuide that the GLC 300e – set to be revealed in the metal at the Frankfurt motor show – will launch in Australia some time in 2020.

The German brand says the GLC 300e can be charged to 100 per cent from a wall socket in five hours or from a Wallbox in 1.5 hours. The PHEV version of the GLC is able to be charged from a Type 2 (Mennekes) charging outlet.

The PHEV GLC will also come with LED headlights as standard as well as the latest version of Mercedes’ MBUX multimedia suite which can locate the nearest charging points.

The GLC 300e is part of Mercedes-Benz’ plan to have “well over 20” electrified variants on the market in 2020.

While Volkswagen has chosen to skip PHEV models in Australia, instead placing its bets on its yet-to-arrive all-electric range, Mercedes powers ahead with many PHEV variants of its most popular vehicles set to arrive in the coming years.