Mercedes-Benz has debuted its new “third-generation” plug-in hybrid technology with the announcement of PHEV versions of its GLC mid-size and GLE large SUVs.
The GLE will be served in '350de 4Matic' guise – which will not only be a plug-in, but also a four-cylinder diesel with all-wheel drive.
The GLE’s four-cylinder diesel engine has an output of 143kW/400Nm but when combined with the electric motor has a “combined system output” of 235kW/700Nm.
Mercedes-Benz has confirmed to CarsGuide that the GLE 350de is set to be shown in the flesh at the Frankfurt motor show, but is not in the brand’s strategy for the Australian market.
Plug-in hybrid variants generally have slow sales in Australia – despite there natural ability to extend range above pure electric alternatives.
In Europe, automakers have little choice but to introduce hybrid models, or variants with particulate filters to comply with the incoming strict Euro 6d emissions regulations which come into force January 2021.
Many of these engine variants will not make it to Australia do to either slow sales of hybrid models or Australia’s fuel standards falling outside of the tolerances of the latest particulate filter systems.