2025 Mercedes GLC PHEV.

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Mercedes just confirmed a PHEV version of their popular GLC SUV will be sold in the US as a 2025 model. It will be called the GLC 350e 4 MATIC. which means AWD will be standard. The new model is scheduled to arrive in the US in the second half of 2024.

The EV range is up to 81 miles in the European test cycle, which means at least 20% less in the US. It could still be over 50 or even 60 miles, which would be very nice.

That’s all we know for now about the new PHEV, but so far so good. As far as pricing, the GLC 4 MATIC starts at $ 49,000. Not cheap but not that crazy expensive either. The success of the PHEV model will depend on how much Mercedes will charge for the plug-in technology. The Lexus RX 450h+ Luxury PHEV starts at a crazy $ 70,000. Or about $ 10,000 more than the RX 350 Luxury. Same thing over at Mazda with the CX-90 and CX-70 where the PHEV is a $9000 premium.

Many PHEV models do qualify for a $3750 tax rebate, as well as more state incentives. Some leases are even cheaper for PHEV versions, like the Jeep Wrangler. A Wrangler 4xe is currently cheaper to lease than the less expensive gas version.

It’s good to see Mercedes selling PHEVs in the US. I hope BMW and Audi will push their own plug-in hybrid models a bit more in our market. So far, they haven’t advertised them that much. I actually had no idea you could buy an Audi Q5e (PHEV) in the US. (Although it costs over $58 000 and has a small 23 miles range.)

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