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New Mercedes GLC 300 e plug-in arrives with 27-mile electric range

Mercedes continues to expand its electrified range of new cars with this: the GLC 300 e. Based on the latest WLTP testing procedure, the plug-in hybrid SUV will achieve up to 27 miles of electric-only driving and 128mpg.

Under the skin, the GLC 300 e uses an identical petrol-electric powertrain to the Mercedes E 300 e. That means the combustion element comprises of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine making 208bhp and 350Nm, which is teamed up with an E-motor producing 90kw (121bhp) and 440Nm. As neither motor’s peak performance happens at the same time, the result is system output totals of 316bhp and 700Nm.

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Drive is sent to all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic gearbox, resulting in a 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 143mph. Using electric power alone, the 300 e can drive at speeds of up to 81mph.

The electric only range comes courtesy of a 13.5kWh battery which, through a 7.4kW charger, can be topped up at a home wallbox in 1.5 hours, or five hours with a three pin plug.

The design of the 300 e falls in line with the rest of the recently refreshed GLC family. The cabin is much the same, too, but practicality is compromised: at 395 litres, boot capacity has dropped by almost a third relative to the standard combustion-powered cars. It’s rated to tow a braked trailer weighing up to 2,000kg.

The GLC has been launched alongside the larger GLE 350 de; together forming two of a 20-strong electrified Mercedes range available to buyers by next year.

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