Mercedes-Benz is going to reveal the fuel cell powered Mercedes-Benz GLC F‑Cell SUV next week at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The GLC- F-Cell features a hydrogen-powered fuel-cell powertrain that can also be plugged in.
Mercedes-Benz has been testing the GLC F-Cell since 2015 at the Fuel Cell Center of Competence Nabern in Germany and in November 2016 its new Vehicle Safety Technology Center came online as the world’s most modern crash test center. The new center makes it easier to test vehicles with alternative powertrains, like the GLC F-Cell.
To make sure that the GLC F-Cell is up to the task, Mercedes-Benz engineers tested prototypes in Spain, Sweden and Germany. The road tests also took the test teams to the Sierra Nevada in Spain and the low mountain ranges of the Schwäbische Alb and the Black Forest in Germany. Over 500 individual tests were conducted to test the electric powertrain, the fuel cell, and the interplay of all powertrain components.
The teaser photos of the GLC F-Cell reveal that the hydrogen-powered GLC won’t look too different than the standard gasoline-powered GLC. The biggest changes will likely be to the front and rear bumpers.