Mercedes-Benz has decided that once the new generation of the former GLK sport utility vehicle changes designation, its overall flair should also be geared towards the crossover segment.
That means the rough, all-terrain prone GLK has shed its edges, making way to a stylish crossover that also comes with added interior space and numerous new amenities. For example, passengers will get more elbow and shoulder width – another 57 and 54 mm respectively, while knee room in the rear and foot entry clearance have been augmented by 36 and 34 mm, respectively. The trunk has also gained another 80 liters, while the overall styling makes the GLC look sleek and fashionable compared to even the facelifted GLK model. Naturally, the new GLC is actually bigger in terms of exterior dimensions and also coming with an expanded wheelbase and the company made sure an extensive array of new equipment is also available. Still, the GLC is actually up to 80 kg (176 lbs) lighter than the outgoing model, as the company employed a completely new body architecture using a mix of aluminum and high and ultra-high strength steel.
There are also new or updated powertrain systems, which make the GLC around 19 percent more fuel efficient, taking full advantage of the new and improved drive systems, better aerodynamics and lightweight design. The GLC 220 d 4Matic and GLC 250 d 4Matic can go down as low as hitting 5 l/100 km (56.5 mpg UK or 47 mpg US). There is also a green champion, the GLC 350 e 4Matic plug-in hybrid, which should emit just 60 g of CO2 per km, with an estimated zero emissions drive range of 34 km (21 miles) in all-electric mode. At launch, there will be three models available: GLC 220 d 4Matic (170PS), GLC 250 d 4Matic (204PS) and GLC 250 4Matic (211PS), all three mated to the 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission.