Mercedes sells eight plug-in hybrids worldwide, but only three in Canada. Expect this to be the last arrival, but perhaps the coolest of the bunch.
The answer to many prayers (nay, roars) for more capacity and cargo space in a luxury hybrid option, this small SUV has the chops to get you to the cottage and back with all your gear (kids and pets included) and to allow you to do most of your in-town driving gas-free. With a dual teamed four-cylinder gas engine and a 234 kW electric motor, the GLC can go about 30 kilometres on battery charge alone (that distance shrinks when power-sucking features, such as air conditioning, are in use).
In true plug-in hybrid form, when the charge runs out the engine switches seamlessly to gas power so you can carry on worry-free.
If you happen to do most of your driving in short (less than 30-kilometre) spurts, you'll save on gas and know you're doing the environment a favour. But you won't have to compromise on long-range trips – unless you need more than five seats, in which case you'll be out of luck or just need to carry less stuff.
When can I get it, and for how much?
Mercedes says the car will be available for model year 2018, which likely means it will hit dealerships for pre-order about a year or so from now. Pricing has yet to be announced, but the non-hybrid version retails for $44,950, so expect to pay that and then some. It'll also likely qualify for a green vehicle rebate in Ontario; the amount is TBD but the range will be $3,000 to $13,000.
4 stars (out of 5)
Depending on when this arrives in dealerships, it may be the only luxury hybrid mini-SUV available in Canada. It's gorgeous inside and out and if you keep your trips short, you'll be saving the environment while slaying your errands and gas bills.
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