The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350de is a diesel plug-in hybrid which can do a top-speed of 160 kph in electric power alone and Mercedes has also introduced a GLC 350e plug-in hybrid.
Mercedes-Benz has revealed two hybrid variants of the India-bound GLE SUV. As the world makes every attempt to go greener, we will tons of more such hybrid cars. But what’s interesting here is that Mercedes-Benz has introduced a diesel plug-in hybrid variant called the GLE 350de, where the ‘d’ in the name stands for diesel. Along with the GLE 350de, Mercedes-Benz has also introduced the GLC 350e plug-in hybrid, both of which will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350de is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine which makes 194 bhp. This is coupled with an electric motor which produces 135 bhp. Thus, it has a combined power output of 320 bhp and 700 Nm of peak torqe. Power is sent to all four wheels via Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. It can do the 0-100 kph sprint in just 6.8 seconds and top-speed is limited to 210 kph. Also, the GLE 350de can do 160 kph in electric power alone.
There’s a large 31.2kWh battery pack which sits in the boot, thus compromising boot space. But in exchange, the battery pack gives you a pure electric range of about 100 km. The battery is capable of charging from 10% to 80% in just 20 minutes using a DC charging station. The GLE is also fitted with regenerative braking along with a 7.4kW onboard charger.
The other plug-in hybrid SUV that Mercedes will be boasting off at the Frankfurt Motor show will be the GLC 350e. Now this is a regular petrol plug-in hybrid car that is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine making 211bhp, coupled with a 90kW electric motor. The total combined output of them together is also 320bhp and 700Nm. In fact, its the same hybrid setup that is used in the bigger GLE.
Just like its elder sibling, the GLC 350e also gets Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive system, a pure electric range of around 39-43 kilometers and an electric only top speed of 130 kph. The GLC 350e can do the 0-100 kph sprint in just 5.7 seconds. That’s faster than its elder sibling by over a second, owing to less weight. These plug-in hybrids of the GLC and GLE are part of Mercedes’ onslaught of 10 plug-in hybrids to be made available towards the end of 2019. Meanwhile, both the new-gen GLC and GLE are expected to arrive in India by next year.