Mercedes-Benz Thailand has launched the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e plug-in hybrid (PHEV). It is locally assembled in the Kingdom and comes in the AMG Dynamic trim, priced at 4,180,000 Baht (around RM 546k).
Like the W206 C350e, the GLC 350e has a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that makes 204 PS/320 Nm on its own. An electric motor boosts total output to 313 PS/550 Nm, which is sent to the rear wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission. 0-100 km/h is claimed at 6.7 seconds and tops out at 218 km/h.
Unlike the W206 C350e, the GLC 350e gets a bigger 31.2 kWh battery that gives a WLTP rated range of 120 km of pure electric driving. It accepts DC fast charging (via CCS Combo 2 connector) at a maximum rate of 60 kW, while AC charging is rated at 11 kW.
Exterior wise, it wears the AMG styling with an A-shaped star pattern grille and 20-inch AMG alloys. It gets Digital Light and Ultra Range Highbeam, illuminating up to 650 meters.
Inside, there’s a 10-way powered with memory seats, Artico man-made leather, Nappa leather steering wheel, 64-colour ambient lighting, 12.3-inch digital cluster, and an 11.9-inch portrait infotainment display with a fingerprint scanner, Augmented Reality, and Burmester 3D audio.
In terms of advanced safety, it gets Active Brake Assist (AEB), Active Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Blind Spot Assist, and Active Distance Assist Distronic (ACC). It also gets the Offroad Engineering package that adds 20 mm of ground clearance as well as a ‘transparent bonnet’ feature that feeds a ‘see-thru’ frontal view to manoeuvre around those rough terrains.
Closer to home, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia said that there were no immediate plans to introduce a PHEV variant of the X254 GLC and intends to stay streamlined with the GLC 300 (currently fully-imported, priced at RM 429,888). However, the W206 C350e is expected to be launched by the end of this year.
The outgoing X253 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300e PHEV is still listed on Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s website, priced at RM 403,888.
Also read: W206 2023 Mercedes-Benz C300 to be discontinued in Malaysia, replaced by C350e PHEV