The Mercedes-Benz GLC has been available in Malaysia for quite some time now, with the last facelift update making its debut back in 2019. And even though the all-new X254-generation GLC just made its global debut earlier this month, it might still not be the end of the line yet for the outgoing X253 GLC, as Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has just published a teaser photo on its social media channels, hinting at a new launch soon.
While the shadowy photo makes it hard to see what exactly is special with this GLC, the tag line “Stay tuned to take charge” makes it pretty clear that it’ll feature some form of electrification underneath the bonnet, which leaves only one possible model – the GLC 300e plug-in hybrid (PHEV).
Unveiled globally back in 2019, the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300e features a M274 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four engine, paired to an electric motor sandwiched between the engine and nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox to make a total of 320 hp and 700 Nm of torque.
With the 4Matic all-wheel drive that comes as standard on the GLC 300e, the 0-100 km/h sprint is completed in just 5.7 seconds, onward to a top speed of 230 km/h. As a comparison, the current range-topping GLC 300 that was launched in Malaysia back in 2019 gets 258 hp and 370 Nm, which translates to a 0-100 km/h time of 6.2 seconds.
Electric power for the hybrid powertrain comes from a 13.5 kWh lithium-ion battery, which provides enough charge for an EV range of up to 43 km on the WLTP test cycle. Charging via a 7.4 kW on-board AC charger takes roughly 1.5 hours to fill up the battery, or approximately five hours using a conventional three-pin socket.
There are still many questions left unanswered so far, such as “does the two cars in the teaser photo mean that there’ll also be a Coupe variant”. We’ll likely be hearing more about it very soon, so keep your eyes peeled here as we bring you the latest info!