The third largest luxury automaker in the world is aiming to solidify its green credentials by preparing a hydrogen fuel cell version of its compact midsize crossover – the GLC, to combine with the already selling family-oriented B Class F-Cell.
The German automaker appears ready to deliver the new commercially available hydrogen fuel cell vehicle within just two years, as Thomas Weber, Mercedes’ boss for research and development, commented for Autocar the carmaker has already wrapped up the engineering parameters, which is reportedly using the architecture of the newly launched GLC. “We are targeting a combined range for the fuel cell and battery of up to 600km [373 miles], along with a refuelling time for the hydrogen tanks of three minutes,” said Weber. The name of the upcoming variant would be the GLC F-Cell and could have the official worldwide public introduction at the Frankfurt motor show in 2017 with a scheduled rollout onto dealer lots the following year.
We’re not very sure if the model would have a wide release or just be offered in select markets on a monthly lease or even full purchase strategy, but the price could be of at least 50,000 British pounds. The model would have few competitors – the Hyundai Tucson fuel cell in the SUV department and the Toyota Mirai and Honda Clarity in the passenger car areas. But, additionally, a fully fledged luxury rival could be coming from BMW, which has also confirmed the interest to introduce its own fuel cell model by the turn of the decade.