Mercedes-Benz may say that the new GLC CUV follows the “clear and sensual” design language of the GLC Coupe showcar, but we see not much of the similarity. Do not get us wrong. The newly announced GLC compact utility vehicle is pretty and definitely way better than the GLK it is replacing. In fact, we think it has lines that sit between the GLK and the alluring showcar, which is not all that bad. Aesthetically, it has the characteristic SUV front with a short, succinct overhang, upright, three-dimensional radiator grille with a twin louvre and of course, the tri-pointed star branding. While the rest of the body is best described by the marque itself:
“The side view showcases the almost coupé-like greenhouse, which together with the 118 millimetres larger wheelbase lends the GLC an elegant long profile. This impression is further reinforced by the gently sloping dropping line which is a hallmark of the brand and by the powerful shoulders. The rising lower feature line also enlivens the vehicle’s side view. Matt black cladding in the wings, wheels up to a size of 50.8 cm (20 inches) and the optional side running board provide clear indications of the GLC’s off-road credentials.
The rear is characterised by the broad, muscular shoulders, the horizontal orientation of the contour lines and the split LED rear lamps featuring a distinctive night design. As on the front, the different bumper variants are available here as well. By integrating all the antennae into the exterior mirrors and the roof spoiler, it has been possible to do away with the fin which has featured on the roof to date.”
The new GLC benefits from a longer wheelbase which translates to a roomier second row seats with an additional 2.2 inches of leg room and it also has a larger cargo space too – thanks to its 40/20/40 split rear that ups the load capacity to a cool 1,600 liters (56.5 cubic feet). There’s a new interior design boasting a flowing dashboard and center console in a large, one-piece console panel that stretches from the center air vents to the armrest.
Also found at the center console is an innovative touchpad in the hand rest over the rotary pushbutton which allows for simple and intuitive operation of all the head-unit functions using finger gestures. And oh, Head-up Display is also a standard feature too and so are ridiculous number of airbags. Also expect the interior to be super plush and luxurious with stuff like nappa leather or open-pore wood trim and “meticulously finished details.”
Four models will be available at market launch of the GLC, all featuring 4MATIC all-wheel drive as standard. The four models include a 170hp GLC 220 d 4MATIC (diesel), a 204hp GLC 250d 4MATIC (diesel), a GLC 250 4MATIC with a 211hp petrol motor, and a plug-in hybrid, GLC 350 e with a total system output of 327hp (211 + 116hp).
As equipment, standards include but not limited to Mercedes-Benz fan-favorites like Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Crosswind Assist, Headlamp Assist, Attention Assist or an ESP system with Dynamic Cornering Assist. There is also a list of optional driver assistance package if you have the money to drop. No word on the availability and as for the pricing, they will be announced closer to market launch. Keep going for some images of the GLC 350 e plug-in hybrid.