Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new GLE350de, a diesel plug-in hybrid boasting 700 N.m, a claimed all-electric range of 106 km and a towing capacity of 3 500 kg.
The hybrid system is arranged around a 2,0-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, which offers 143 kW and 400 N.m. The electric motor, meanwhile, is rated at 100 kW and 440 N.m, with total system outputs capped at 235 kW and 700 N.m.
Top speed comes in at 210 km/h, while the sprint from zero to 100 km/h takes a claimed 6,8 seconds. Thanks to the battery and electric motor, the Stuttgart-based firm can claim a combined fuel consumption figure of just 1,1 L/100 km.
Employing a battery with a capacity of 31,2 kWh, the all-wheel-drive GLE350de can reach a speed of 160 km/h under electric power alone. A special rear-end design and a modified rear axle create space for the battery, although Mercedes says there is “no step in the luggage compartment, the capacity of which is still generous at up to 1915 litres”.
The electrified SUV has a combined charging socket for alternating current and direct current charging. Located in the left side-wall, it is symmetrical with the fuel flap on the right side of the vehicle. Mercedes-Benz says the battery can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in about 20 minutes at DC charging stations.
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