The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell is set to be introduced by the luxury vehicle manufacturer by 2017, as shown on a worldcarfans.com report. Plans for the hydrogen variant of the GLC were revealed by Thomas Weber, the head of research and development of Mercedes-Benz, when he was interviewed by Autocar. Weber added the engineering parameters of the vehicle were already finalized and its introduction into the market may come in the next two years.
The launch of the car is planned at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 2017 and will become available in the market by 2018. Mercedes-Benz added that the maximum range of the car will be at 373 miles or 600 kilometers while it will only take three minutes to fully recharge the car.
For the moment, only a few details were revealed by the luxury vehicle manufacturer about the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell. But, the vehicle is expected to feature a fuel stack that was developed recently. It will replace the internal combustion engine of the GLC.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell is expected to become available in select markets through an outright purchase or a lease program. The price of the vehicle is around $76,400 or £50,000. BMW made an earlier announcement indicating it will offer a hydrogen sedan by the end of the decade. The vehicle will have a range of over 435 miles or 700 kilometers and will utilize the fuel-cell tech it developed in collaboration with Toyota.
Weber said it is practical for the company to offer the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell due to the cost associated with the development of such a vehicle instead of offering a reasonably-priced model such as the B-Class.