Since it was launched, the Mercedes-Benz GLC has become one of the top sellers of the brand. It's been around since 2016 but now, Mercedes-Benz has decided that it's time to give their best-selling crossover a bit of an update.
So for 2019, the German automaker has given it a bit more chrome jewelry on the outside. Of course, the changes this year go beyond the surface. They have also upgraded the interior, tech, and even the engine lineup.
On the outside, the GLC now gets LED headlights as standard, along with a new light pattern to complement the updates. There are also new grill slats, which sits in front of the mesh backdrop. The front bumper has been reshaped to accommodate the apron, as well as the chrome-finished faux skidplate. There's more chrome seen on the window sills, as well as the rear end. New wheel designs are part of the 2019 updates, along with a redesigned AMG kit.
Inside, the center stack has been given a bit of a revamp. The design is largely similar to the current model but there's a new COMAND touchpad in the mix. Also, the steering wheel design has been tweaked with new spokes, along with a thicker rim. Last but not least, the infotainment system has been overhauled, now with the new MBUX system in place.
It features Interior Assistant, which is Mercedes-Benz's take on BMW's Gesture Control system. Along with that is a revamped voice command function which allows users their own speech patterns to command various functions in the crossover. There's even Augmented Video, which gives a real-time image of your surroundings in the navigation system.
But the big news of 2019 for the GLC is the engine range. Both turbocharged gas variants (GLC 200 and GLC 300) now pack mild hybrid technology. The new, electrically-assisted powertrain boosts both power and fuel economy, according to Mercedes-Benz. In the GLC 200, it now makes 197 PS, a fair amount up from the 184 PS rating in the model we tested last year. The GLC 300, on the other hand, sees its power rating jump to 258 PS from 245 PS last year.
As for the diesel range, it gets a bit more power along with more emission control systems. It starts with the GLC 200d with 163 PS (new to the range), GLC 220d with 194 PS (+24 PS from the previous model), and GLC 300d (also new to the range) with 245 PS.