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.
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.