Formerly the GLK, the Mercedes GLC is primed to deliver the experience customers expect from the German automaker in a capable and safe, yet comfortable luxury package. “Our new GLC represents a further, systematic step in the implementation of our successful SUV philosophy,” says Thomas Weber, member of the Management Board of Daimler AG and responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “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.”
Starting from the outside, the GLC goes for a more modern look rather than the blatant appearance of an off-roading tool — all performance and no style. While it may be some time before we see the SUV meet any beyond-the-pavement promises, it certainly has a sleek look hammered down. It differentiates itself from the previous iteration starting with a 4.6-inch larger wheel base that allows the GLC to adopt a longer, sleeker profile.
Inside, the GLC sports a modern setting that is reminiscent of the GLE full-size utility vehicle. Included are the same high-class materials such as open-pore wood trim, Nappa leather, and a host of carefully finished details.
More importantly, the GLC increases the available space beyond what was offered by its predecessor. Storage space behind the rear bench is raised from 2.8 to 3.9 cubic feet, and the car allows overall transport of 56.5 cubic feet of cargo. And while one would think that the extended wheelbase and extended dimensions would necessitate an increase in weight, in actuality, the GLC is 176 pounds lighter than the midsize SUV that came before it. Much of the pound shedding is thanks to the mix of aluminum and high- to ultra-strength steels.
Carrying the entire package aloft is the agility control suspension that combines driving stability and agility with off-road capabilities. The air suspension system is electronically controlled and is continuously adjusted, allowing the car to be both rugged and comfortable after the tough stuff is over. Power is sent to the wheels through a 9-speed G-tronic transmission.
Along with a boatload of tech and safety features, the GLC will kick off its U.S. debut with a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine the produce 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. This engine will be found under the hood of the GLC 300 and GLC 300 4MATIC all-wheel drive model. Shortly after, other choices will be available.
Pricing is currently unavailable, but we expect to hear the starting price soon. U.S. customers can expect the GLC to hit showrooms in November of this year.