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Mike Stevens | Mar, 27 2015 | 0 Comments

Mercedes-Benz’s new GLE 500e plug-in hybrid EV will make its way to Australia over the coming year, the carmaker has confirmed.

Revealed to the world yesterday ahead of a New York Auto Show debut, the GLE 500e is the German company’s first-ever plug-in hybrid SUV.

It won’t be the only ‘PHEV’ in the Mercedes-Benz line-up when it hits local showrooms, however.

Speaking with TMR this week, Mercedes-Benz Australia’s Jerry Stamoulis confirmed that buyers can look forward to not only the GLE 500e, but also the S 500e and the newly revealed C 350e.

Mr Stamoulis said that while all three are locked in for an Australian launch over the next year, exact timing is still to be confirmed.

All three models feature a petrol-electric hybrid system, with each capable of delivering all-electric driving for short distances.

The S 500e was the first of the three to be revealed, first appearing last year, although it initially debuted as the ‘S 500 Plug-in Hybrid’.

Power in both the S 500e and new GLE 500e is provided by a 245kW/480Nm 3.0 litre twin-turbo petrol V6, matched to an 85kW electric motor for a combined 325kW and 650Nm of torque.

Driving the smaller C 350e (also revealed as the ‘C 350 Plug-in Hybrid in January) is Mercedes’ 155kW/350Nm 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, mated to a 60kW/340Nm electric motor for a combined 205kW and 600Nm.

All three ‘e’ cars are equipped with a modified version of the company’s seven-speed 7G tronic auto.

Each offers a series of selectable driving modes, with all-electric driving ranges listed in the neighbourhood of 30 to 35 kilometres.

The S 500e and C 350e will also not be the only extra-green option in the local line-ups, with Mercedes already offering diesel-focused hybrids in the form of the $74,900 C 300 BlueTEC Hybrid and $196,500 S 300 BlueTEC Hybrid models.

Watch for more on these three new hybrids to come in the year ahead, and catch our earlier coverage below.

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