The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC will debut next month with a long-range plug-in hybrid

Mercedes says the next generation of its midsize SUV will enable “virtually emissions-free everyday use” in plug-in hybrid form.

The following Mercedes-Benz GLC 2023 has been previewed, with the German automaker revealing that the next generation of its popular medium SUV will offer plug-in hybrid variants with electric-only ranges of over 100km.

New Mercedes-Benz GLC will make its official debut on June 1, but mercedes offered a glimpse of his incoming SUV, sharing a somber image of his rear styling.

In an accompanying press release, Mercedes said the new GLC will offer “100% hybrid drive, excellent on- and off-road characteristics, a fully digitized cockpit and extensive standard equipment”.

Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variants will offer electric ranges of “over 100 km”, which Mercedes-Benz says will “enable virtually emission-free daily use”.

For comparison, the current generation GLC300e plug-in hybridwhich arrived in Australia in 2020, offers just 43km of electric-only range.

All variants will come standard with the company’s 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.

The incoming GLC will be built on the same platform at 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, which only offers four-cylinder engines. The GLC is expected to follow suit and drop its six- and eight-cylinder offerings, including in the AMG 43 and 63 performance models.

The car’s exterior styling will also get a makeover, with the teaser image suggesting the next-gen GLC will feature slimmer taillights and evolve the look of the current tailgate and rear pillar, with the addition of a styled rear vent, a sporty rear bumper and what look like tri-paddle, five-spoke wheels.

These styling cues may indicate an AMG Line trim package.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC is the global market leader in its segment and consistently ranks among the top three sellers in its class in Australia, competing with the BMW X3, Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 in the luxury mid-size SUV segment.

A Mercedes-Benz Australia spokesperson said the brand’s local branch was “very excited” about the next-generation GLC.

“While there are no details to announce at this stage regarding a local introduction, we are evaluating each new Mercedes-Benz model and variant as they are made available to our market and we We’ll have more information in due course,” the spokesperson said.

However, with a world premiere next month, it’s highly likely that the new GLC will land in Australian showrooms in the first half of 2023.

The model will make its official online debut from 5:00 p.m. on June 1, 2022 Central European Time (1:00 a.m. AEST on June 2). You can attend the unveiling here.

Susannah Guthrie has been a journalist since the age of 18 and has spent the past two years writing about cars for Drive, CarAdvice, CarSales and as an automotive columnist for several in-flight and hotel magazines. Susannah’s background is news journalism, followed by several years in celebrity journalism, entertainment journalism and fashion magazines and a brief stint hosting a television travel show for Channel Ten. She joined Drive in 2020 after spending a year and a half leading online platforms Harper’s BAZAAR and ELLE. Susannah holds a BA in Media and Communications from the University of Melbourne and cut her teeth as an intern at Time Inc in New York. She also took a course in television presentation with the National Institute of Dramatic Art. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and one-year-old son who, despite her best efforts, is yet to enjoy a good road trip.

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