Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Mercedes-Benz | posted June 18, 2015 12:13
New GLC replaces GLK as company's mid-size crossover
Mercedes-Benz has pulled the wraps off its newest mid-sized crossover, the GLC. The company's latest crossover replaces the GLK as their mid-sized offering. The all-new GLC offers more space, comfort and promises lower fuel consumption by up to 19%. With its extensive use of aluminum, the GLC weighs 80 kg less than its predecessor, the 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," says Thomas Weber, member of the Management Board of Daimler AG and responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
Out goes the squarish lines of the GLK and taking its place is a design that “favours sensual purity and a modern aesthetic over the classic off-road look,” says Mercedes-Benz. The new GLC follows the current design language of Mercedes-Benz with its bold, upright grill with its three pointed star in the middle of the grill rather than on top of the hood. It's headlights are available with full LEDs and the bumpers come with integrated underguards and come in three variants. There's the base model, an off-road pack with larger angles of approach and departure plus an AMG variant.
With its wheelbase extended by 118mm over the GLK, passengers are treated to more legroom and features more cargo capacity. With its seats folded down, the GLC can hold up to 1,600 liters of luggage space. Mercedes-Benz says the key focus for the GLC's interior is the dashboard and the center console with its with a large, one-piece console panel that sweeps from the centre air vents to the armrest. Like all the new Mercedes-Benz's, the GLC comes with the company's new touchpad in the handrest over the rotary dial. The new COMAND system allows letters, numbers and special characters to be entered in handwriting.
As for engines, it will be a mix of gas, diesel and a plug-in hybrid. The diesel range starts with the GLC 220d with 170 PS and 400 Nm of torque. The top spec GLC 250d puts out 204 PS and 500 Nm of torque. For the gas engines it starts with the GLC 250 which puts out 211 PS and 350 Nm of torque. The US market gets the GLC 300 which has 245 PS and 369 Nm of torque. Both gas engines are 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinders.
The GLC also gets a plug-in hybrid variant called the GLC 350e. it combines the power output of the standard GLC 250 and a 116 PS electric motor, giving the hybrid GLC a total output of 327 PS.