Is there such a thing as a perfect car? The definition of a perfect car is one that is luxurious, but is also powerful and fuel efficient. You can get that once you have your hands on the Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e plug-in hybrid. Since Mercedes already promised to move to an electrified phase in the future, we can expect to see more like this.
The power and acceleration of this particular car is almost unparalleled and you definitely won’t think it came from a plug-in hybrid. There are three modes you can choose from in the sports mode—winter, comfort, and individual modes. Power comes from a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission.
With an electric motor power, it can cough up a decent 114 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. The gas/electronic combination, meanwhile, can produce 436 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque at 1,600 rpm. The car can go 0 to 100 km/h in 5.3 seconds.
Considering that this is a 3,000-kilogram SUV, the capability of the GLE 550e is astounding. In fact, it is only 1.1 seconds slower than the GLE 63 S, which can produce 577 horsepower.
The fuel efficiency coming is largely thanks to the standard 4Matic all-wheel-drive system that the GLE 550e Plug-In packs. With a full charged battery, the GLE 550e can average up to 1.9 L/100 kilometers during a 27-hour kilometer. Once city driving is taken into consideration, the speeds will range from 50 to 80 km/h.