The newly facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class offers drivers a premium crossover with a refreshed look and a whole lot more tech.
From the outside, the updated SUV sports fluted inserts at the front while the lower bumper has three, small rectangular sections. The corner intakes are also more rectangular. LED headlights are standard on the GLC, and the lamps have a smaller, more angular shape. At the rear, the taillights feature rectangular lamps and the unmistakable integrated exhausts have a sharper, trapezoidal outline.
Inside, the key enhancement is the MBUX system that consists of a digital instrument cluster and infotainment screen in a wide bezel that spans the dashboard. It combines touchscreen multimedia displays, intelligent voice control via the talk button or the “Hey Mercedes” prompt and connectivity to bring the new GLC in line with the latest technological standards. Another new addition to the cabin: keyless start using the cool, turbine-look start-stop button.
For the drivetrain, the new GLC is propelled by Mercedes-Benz’s latest M 264 2-litre 4-cylinder engine that offers improved output at much lower fuel consumption. Its main components are CAMTRONIC variable valve control, twin-scroll turbocharger and additional EQ Boost 48-volt mild hybrid system with belt-driven starter- generator. The system permits important hybrid functions such as energy recovery (up to 10 kW of energy), boost and “sailing” (with the engine switched off).
The GLC200 Sport might be the entry-level variant but its turbocharged 2-litre 4-cylinder engine has 194 hp and 320 Nm on tap and with the aid of EQ Boost and slick-shifting 9G-TRONIC PLUS transmission, acceleration is brisk – from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds. Handling and stability are aided by Electronic Stability Program, Agility Control Suspension with selectable damping and Mercedes-Benz’s excellent Dynamic Select with a choice of pre-programmed driving modes.
Key equipment highlights are Black-Ash open pore wood trim, 19-inch bi-colour alloy wheels, EASY-PACK tailgate with electrically operated opening and closing function, Parking Package with PARKTRONIC, Active Parking Assist and 360-degree camera, and Seat Comfort Package (front) with three memory settings for seats and side mirrors, and additional adjustments for headrest, seat cushion and steering wheel.