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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e PHEV Presented: More Torque, Larger Battery

Mercedes-Benz refreshed the GLC 350e 4Matic EQ Power for the 2020 model year. It is a mid-cycle facelift.

The plug-in hybrid version of the Mercedes-Benz GLC will make its official debut at the coming 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. It will enter the US car market in the 1st half of 2020.

The price will likely be over $51,645 of the current 2019 model (including a destination charge).

What is new?

The powertrain based on a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor has undergone upgrading.

While the total output remains the same (315 hp), the torque increases by decent 103 lb-ft (140 Nm). It is 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) now, thanks to Mercedes’s third-generation PHEV technology.

A 9G-TRONIC transmission replaces the previous 7-speed one, and the electric motor has been revised to work with it.

A new on-board charger allows 7.4 kW of charging capacity instead of previous 3.6 kW, while the battery capacity is 13.5 kWh versus 8.7 Wh it had before.

The carmaker claims the 2020 GLC350e can be charged to 100% in 7 hours and 45 minutes with a Level 1 (120 V) charger. For charging to 80%, you’ll need 2 hours and 15 minutes with a Level 2 (240 V) charger.

An electric-only driving range also increases to 24.2–26.7 miles (39-43 km) according to WLTP. EPA estimate for the 2020 model has not been released yet.

The current 2019 vehicle has a EPA-rated range of 9 miles. The average ratio WLTP/EPA is 1.121.

The 0-60 mph (96 km/h) acceleration time is 5.6 seconds (0.6 sec shorter).

The current Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e top speed is 130 mph (209 km/h) with the ICE and 84 mph (135 km/h) in electric mode. The new 2020 GLC 350e’s figures are not still unveiled.

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