Mercedes reveals plug-in hybrid diesel GLE

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Words: Nile Bijoux
10 Sep 2019

Mercedes-Benz has revealed an interesting addition to the hot premium SUV segment ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show - the plug-in hybrid diesel-powered GLE 350de.

The powertrain produces a combined output of 238kW and 700Nm, delivering a 0-100km/h time of 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 210kmh. Powered by electricity alone it can achieve a maximum of 160km/h, with a range of up to 99km thanks to a 31.2kWh battery pack. Towing is rated at 3500kg.

The only downside to the addition of a battery is less boot space, with maximum capacity dropping from 2055 litres to 1915L. Not much but it pays to mention, and you probably can’t option seven seats either.

Plugging into a DC fast charging station will juice the car from 10 per cent to 80 per cent in 20 minutes, or half an hour to get the full bar. Using a conventional wall charger will take about five hours to get to 100 per cent, although with a 7.4kW on-board charger and regenerative braking, you probably won’t ever be stuck with zero electrical power.

The GLE 350de is part of Merc’s PHEV battery (pun intended), with more than ten plug-ins to be available by the end of the year, doubling by late 2020. We’ll learn more about this and the GLE 350de in the near future.

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