Mercedes-Benz has launched a prototype of a new generation plug-in hybrid GLC for testing: a crossover with a plug-in charging function is being tested on public roads. At the disposal of the portal Motor1.com were spy photos of the camouflaged novelty. Gasoline and diesel versions of the GLC are expected to be the first to hit the market in 2022. The hybrid version will have to wait until at least 2023.
The second generation hybrid Mercedes-Benz GLC hit the spy camera lenses for the first time. According to preliminary data, with a change in generation, the crossover will increase in size compared to its predecessor, but at the same time it will become lower. Among the visible differences are the exterior mirrors, which are now located on the doors, a new design of the front bumper with an integrated air intake, tapered optics and a different grille pattern.
There are no photos of the interior yet, however, it is expected that the interior will be decorated with an eye on the new Mercedes C-Class: the crossover will receive a virtual instrument panel and a large touchscreen display of the multimedia system – their dimensions have not yet been disclosed in the company.
The current Mercedes GLC has a hybrid installation based on a 2.0 petrol turbo four and an electric motor with a total capacity of 318 horsepower. The battery with a capacity of 13.5 kilowatt-hours is enough for 39 kilometers. Probably, the next GLC will receive an upgraded version of this installation and a battery of increased capacity, as it is expected that on one electric traction it will be able to travel up to 100 kilometers on the WLTP cycle.
The demand for the current GLC has gradually declined over the past two years: in 2019, sales of the model sank by 12.8 percent, and in 2020 – by 9.1 percent.