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Starts the production of the plug-in hybrid Mercedes GLC with its 130 km of autonomy

Mercedes has been constantly improving its hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric offerings. Although the EQ range has received almost all the attention in recent years, the intermediate models continue to gain qualities thanks to new technologies and systems. The latest generation of the Mercedes GLC is already here. Production of the star’s midsize SUV has officially started. Although it will still take a few weeks to land in dealerships, the Bremen plant has already fired the ovens for all versions.

Within the complete mechanical range that Mercedes proposes for one of its most popular SUVs, the new GLC PHEV is positioned as one of the most interesting alternatives of all. Like the rest of the models, its production has also started, although in this case the assembly work is divided into two locations. The main plant in Bremen handles the final assembly, while Brühl’s state-of-the-art facilities are responsible for producing the batteries.

Unlike other manufacturers, Mercedes chooses to assemble its own batteries. In this case the GLC PHEV has a large lithium-ion battery with a gross capacity of 31.2 kWh capacity. Thanks to the latest technology and advanced management software, the Mercedes GLC plug-in hybrid achieves approved electric ranges of up to 130 kilometres, which allows it to homologate an average consumption in the combined cycle of just 0.4 liters for every 100 kilometers travelled.

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The GLC PHEV battery is manufactured in a separate facility next to the main plant in Stuttgart

The PHEV range includes different units: 300 de, 300 e and 400 e. All of them associated with a typical Mercedes 4MATIC traction scheme, the first of the units stands out for its main diesel engine. The gasoline models use the same two-liter four-cylinder thermal engine, although the differences in performance are based exclusively on the performance of the electric motor. The hybrid range features performance figures between 313 and 381 horses with between 550 and 750 Nm of torque. Management is derived from a nine-speed torque converter automatic transmission.

Although production is already underway, the first deliveries will be delayed until the end of this course or the start of the next one. At the moment Mercedes has not set a sale price for the plug-in hybrid versions, although it has done so for models with thermal propellants, starting sales prices at 58,150 euros. Taking this into account, it is logical to expect that the PHEV models will increase the minimum bill to figures close to 70,000 euros.

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