The Mercedes-Benz GLC debuted over a decade ago as the GLK. Since then, it has become one of the brand’s best-selling models, and a new generation seems to be continuing that success. The 2023 GLC will launch in two versions – the GLC 300 and the GLC 300 4Matic, but more versions are coming.
Mercedes uses its M254 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the rear-drive GLC 300 and the all-wheel-drive GLC 300 4Matic. The powertrain features 48-volt mild-hybrid technology with its second-generation integrated starter-generator. The GLC 300 develops 258 horsepower and 400 newton meters of torque, with the ISG providing an additional 23 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque.
The GLC 300 4Matic is equipped with all-wheel drive. Mercedes claims that both variants of the GLC 300 can hit 96 km per hour in 6.2 seconds. The GLC has 4.5 degrees of steering on the rear wheels, but this feature will not be available on US versions due to low adoption.
Novices won’t tell the difference, but the design of Mercedes’ latest model is noticeably different. Indeed, this new model will be a little larger than its predecessor. It gains 6 cm in length (4.72 cm) while height (1.64 m) and width (1.89 m) remain stationary. A length that mainly benefits the wheelbase and the front and rear overhangs, and therefore the internal dimensions.
The new GLC design features frontal styling that marries thin headlights with the grille. The GLC looks more athletic than the outgoing model, featuring an entirely new rear design with new taillights. The rims will range from 18 to 20 inches, while Mercedes will offer it with optional running boards and optional digital lighting.
What makes it different?
To identify the new generation at a glance, all you have to do is open the door, and that’s where the magic happens. Inspired by the S-Class, the interior design has been totally transformed. Mercedes combines a 12.3-inch driver’s display on the dashboard with an 11.9-inch center display that incorporates the company’s second-generation MBUX infotainment technology. The dashboard and doors get a new look, and the crossover gets standard features like wireless charging and heated front seats. Mercedes has also changed its equipment packages based on real buyer behavior.
As always, the shapes, the colors, the materials work, but the mixed and charged side of the genre may not please everyone. The “Hey Mercedes” voice assistant is still around, and it’s now able to identify passengers by voice on paper. To see what it will be in real life.
As mentioned earlier, the size and outer shape does not vary so much. However, we were able to observe a real difference in the capacity of the trunk, which now increases to 600 dm3. Sadly, there is still no sliding bench seat, nor will we have to wait for a 7-seater family version, it is not planned.
Safety is at the heart of this new model and the brand has put it forward, since it offers the driving assistance pack. The brand has also improved its Distronic active distance assistance system, which can now react to speeds of up to 100 km/h, instead of 50 km/h.
Mercedes hasn’t specified when the new GLC will launch, but we’ll have more information on the lineup and pricing closer to its on-sale date. Mercedes will expand the GLC lineup with a plug-in hybrid variant at a later date.
The high-performance AMG GLC versions will be launched next year.