The redesigned 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC luxury crossover couldn’t have arrived at a better time in the company’s North American lineup because the compact-crossover market is more popular than ever and this will be a key player for the company’s success in this segment.
The new Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is nothing more than the second generation of the GLK-Class, but the differences are so dramatic, many will swear that the two crossovers are completely different. Compared to the current crossover, the GLC is more modern, aerodynamic, powerful, luxurious, and most importantly, attractive. Like the GLK-Class, the new GLC-Class of crossovers are based on the Mercedes-Benz C-Class sport sedans and share most drivetrain and interior components.
The base engine in the GLC is a 2.0 L Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 241 horsepower @ 5500 RPM and 273 lb.ft. of torque between 1300-4000 RPM. The engine is backed by a 9-speed automatic transmission developed by Mercedes-Benz and sends all the power either to the rear or to all four-wheels via the company’s 4 MATIC system, When equipped with the 4 MATIC, the torque split is fixed at 45% to the front axle and 55% to the rear axle.
Mercedes says more engine will follow in 2016 and will include a 320 horsepower GLC 350e plug-in hybrid which offers an electric-only range of 21 miles. Unlike the current GLK-Class, the GLC-Class will also include AMG tuned crossover with a high-performance twin-turbo V8.
Brakes are power assisted vented discs on all four corners with anti-lock braking system (ABS).
Standard suspension setup is composed of multilink front and rear units with adjustable dampers and can be upgraded to air suspension units as well. The air suspension and the firmness of the shocks can be adjusted via a dial-type controller on center console.
Like all recent Benz models, the steering is controlled by an electric power steering unit.
When compared to the GLK, the new GLC is 4.7 inches longer, 2.0 inches wider, and 0,3 inch taller. The wheelbase is 4.6 inches longer, the front track is 1.9 inches wider, and the rear track is 0,8 inch wider.
The growth of the GLC has yielded an additional 2.2 inches of rear leg room, 2.2 inches of front elbow and shoulder room, the cargo space grows marginally and an increase of 1.3 in rear door swing at the bottom results in an easy ingress and egress for rear occupants.
Options and Packages
When the GLC arrives later this year, it will offer a host of standard and optional features both inside and out.
On the outside, the GLC features a 2-slat grille flanking a 3-pointed star (no hood ornament here). The standard headlights are bi-Xenon units, but can be completely lit by optional LEDs. An off-road lighting system offers broader illumination of the terrain ahead.
To make the GLC more fuel-efficient and aerodynamic than the GLK, Mercedes engineers have fitted the new crossover with active grille shutters, an extended rear spoiler, and other underbody aerodynamic tuning to lower the drag coefficient.
All U.S. bound GLC models will feature an off-road bumper which give the crossover a 28 degree approach and departure angle. Europeans, however, can order their crossover with the sport or off-road bumpers.
The cockpit of the GLC is designed similarly to that of the new C-Class sedan and features the waterfall-like dashboard with a 7.0 inch infotainment screen and the touch pad COMMAND controller in the center console.
Standard upholstery is MB-Tex faux leather, but can be upgraded to two grades of genuine leather. For a more premium cabin feel, two Designo decors are also available. Standard wood trim is Brown linear-grain linden wood, but can be replaced with piano black, burl walnut, or open-pore ash.
Standard and optional luxury amenities include multi-color ambient lighting, fragrance atomization, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, heads-up display, panoramic roof, active parking with steering assist, 360 degree parking camera with front and rear cross-path visualization, radar cruise control with semi-autonomous steering, and foot-activated rear power liftgate.
Safety and Convenience
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC comes fitted with 9 airbags and includes a driver’s knee airbag. The front passenger seat is equipped with auto child-seat recognition that uses a weighing mat, instead of a sensor, to deactivate the airbag when a child-seat is installed.
Like all Benz models, the GLC will offer optional safety features like collision-prevention assist, blind-spot warning, and lane keeping assist.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC will go on sale in the U.S. starting this fall. When launched, the GLC-Class will be priced around the same range as the GLK-Class.
The base GLC will start at less than $40,000 and a loaded model can cost as much as $60,000. When the more powerful engines and the AMG variants arrive, they will command a higher starting price than the base GLC 300 and/or GLC 300 4 MATIC.
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