Following a series of teaser images, videos and spy shots, the brand new Mercedes-Benz GLC is finally here as the carmaker has released the first details and photos with it.
The official replacement of the old GLK has been unveiled recently by Mercedes-Benz and it has been called the GLC. The model in question has nothing in common with its predecessor and, in terms of design, it is looking closer to its smaller brother, the GLA, than the old GLK.
“Our new GLC represents a further, systematic step in the implementation of our successful SUV philosophy. It combines the ultimate in driving comfort with a sporty touch, impresses on the road and – more than ever – off it as well, and appeals to the eye with the new design and equipment line”, said the member of the management board of Daimler AG and the responsible for group research and Mercedes-Benz cars development, Thomas Weber.
If you see any resemblance between the interior design of the new GLC and the one of the C-Class, don’t act too surprise because this has been carried over from the D-segment vehicle. It is getting the modern design highlights, the high quality materials, the infotainment system which is coming with either a 7- or an 8.4-inch display, a stylish dashboard, a center console and several other goodies. Future buyers can also get the different upholsteries which include the Artico, Dinamica, Nappa, leather or fabric, along with the carbon fiber trim, the wood trim, the aluminum trim and the panoramic glass roof.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC has larger door openings which facilitate easier entry and exit to the cabin, additional legroom for the rear seat passengers, a total of 1,600 liters of cargo space and a wheelbase which is now 118 mm longer than the one of the old GLK. The GLC is also 80 kg lighter than the GLK thanks to the usage of high- and ultra-high-strength steels and aluminum mix of materials. Mercedes-Benz says that the AIR BODY CONTROL has been added to the range and this is optimizing the wheels’ ground contact ensuring the vehicle a good progress in the off-road terrain. The driving level can be raised by up to 50 mm. The automatic level control, lowering of the load compartment and rolling during cornering are also benefiting the midsize crossover.
As far as the engine lineup goes, the car manufacturer is offering the new GLC in the 220 d 4MATIC, the 250 d 4MATIC, the 250 4MATIC and the 350 e 4MATIC plug-in hybrid. The first one is capable of putting down a total of 170 HP (125 kW) & 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque, being followed by the one rated at 204 HP (150 kW) and 500 Nm (368 lb-ft) of torque. The GLC 250 4MATIC has 211 HP (155 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. The GLC 350 e 4MATIC plug-in hybrid is making use of a 211 HP (155 kW) petrol burner and a 116 HP (85 kW) electric motor. The 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration is made in 5.9s in this version and top speed stands at 235 km/h (146 mph). The model can travel on electricity alone for 34 km (21 miles). The GLC 300 and GLC 300 4MATIC will be offered in the U.S., with the 2.0l turbocharged four-cylinder engine, rated at 341 HP (179 kW) & 369 Nm (273 lb-ft). All units are meeting the EU6 emission standards.