Mercedes-Benz has introduced the second generation of the GLC crossover (and if you count its predecessor GLK (2008-2015), then it’s generally the third). The car has changed in many ways, and most importantly – it does not have a single non-electrified version.
With the change of generations, the crossover has grown significantly. So, the length of the Mercedes-Benz GLC 2023 model year is 4,716 mm (+58 mm), the width is 1,890 mm, the height is 1,648 mm (+4 mm), the wheelbase is 2,888 mm (+ 15 mm). The trunk has increased by 70 liters to a total volume of 620 liters. At the same time, the body became more streamlined, the drag coefficient decreased from 0.31 to 0.29.
In terms of design, the Mercedes-Benz GLC has followed in the footsteps of its other siblings. There is especially a resemblance to the latest C-Class (but the taillights are a bit reminiscent of the older GLE). And this applies not only to the exterior, but also to the interior. Inside, the same MBUX interface was registered, which combines two screens – a 12.3-inch dashboard and a vertically oriented 11.9-inch remote multimedia display.
Many media hastily wrote that the new GLC has the same suspension as the C-Class, but this is not entirely true. The front design of the crossover is different: firstly, it is made not according to a two-, but a four-lever scheme, and, secondly, it is made not of aluminum, but of steel. But the back is really the same – a multi-link.
In the base of the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the suspension, by the way, is adaptive, pneumatic is an option. In addition, for the first time, a fully steerable chassis (4.5 degrees of steering angle) is offered for the model, plus there is an Offroad Engineering package that increases the ground clearance by an additional 2 cm.
The engine range of the Mercedes-Benz GLC 2023 is extensive – these are three engines, complemented by a mild hybrid system, as well as three plug-in hybrid installations.
The petrol family is represented by 2.0-liter units with 204 hp/320 Nm (GLC 200 4Matic) and 258 hp/400 Nm (GLC 300 4 Matic). There is only one diesel engine – also 2.0, with a power of 197 hp. and a torque of 440 Nm (GLC 220d 4 Matic).
As for the “sockets”, these are two plug-ins based on a 2.0 gasoline engine – with a total output of 313 hp / 550 Nm (GLC 300e 4Matic) and 381 hp / 650 Nm (GLC 400 e 4Matic), as well as based on one diesel – 2.0., 333 hp and 750 Nm.
All three ICE plug-in hybrids are complemented by a 136 hp electric motor. and 440 Nm. The battery is also the same, with a capacity of 31.2 kWh, which provides an electric range of an impressive 104-120 km (WLTP). The crossover supports AC charging at 11 kW and DC at 60 kW. In the latter case, it takes about half an hour to replenish the energy reserve. In electric mode, the machine can move at a maximum speed of 140 km/h. Estimated fuel consumption of plug-in hybrid GLCs is 0.5-0.8 liters of fuel per 100 km.
All engines work together with a 9-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Among other things, according to the manufacturer, the crossover received improved sound insulation, a panoramic sunroof with an increased area, improved cruise control and an upgraded parking assistant.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC 2023 will be produced at two German factories of the company (in Bremen and Sindelfingen), as well as in China (Beijing). Other information, including prices, will appear at a later date.