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The new Mercedes-Benz GLC: minor design changes, a lot of new technologies and electric motors

The new Mercedes-Benz GLC: minor design changes, a lot of new technologies and electric motors

The GLC SUV crossover is one of the best-selling Mercedes-Benz models. As the designation itself suggests, the new type of GLC is mechanically based on the model that was introduced relatively recently. New category C. Thank you to your opponents, first of all Audi Q5 And the BMW X3guarantees a full suite of technologies and amenities.

Minor changes in the surface

Mercedes has done well in terms of making only minor visual changes to the GLC class – the new model looks new, but is still somewhat familiar. The radiator grille is slightly larger, the headlights are cut more sharply and the cooling vents in the front bumper have been redesigned.

Bigger (almost) in every way

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Even the dimensional changes for the Mercedes GLC are minor – the wheelbase and length are extended the same, the height is reduced and the width is preserved. However, the wheelbase is surprisingly wider

The new generation of the GLC looks visually taller, wider and lower – and in part it really is. The length of the new GLC has grown by 6 cm to 4.71 meters, the wheelbase is also slightly lengthened by 15 mm to 2.88 meters, however, the car has a lower haircut, that is, about 4 mm. In fact, only the width has been preserved, which is 1.89 meters without rear-view mirrors – surprisingly, the wheelbase is 6 mm wider in the front and 2 mm in the rear.

The larger dimensions of the new GLC class benefit, among other things, from the case, which has grown by about 70 liters, to a total of 600 liters (only 463 liters in the plug-in hybrid version). One might have to look for other changes with a magnifying glass, but the good news is the fact that despite this, the engineers were able to reduce the aerodynamic resistance from 0.31 to 0.29.

On board first class

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Two large digital screens with a diagonal of 12 and 12.3 inches, respectively, play on board. The infotainment touch system rises elegantly from the center console toward the three circular air vents

The dominant feature of the cabin is, of course, the central display of the 12-inch infotainment system in tablet style, which connects seamlessly to the central tunnel, a relatively user-friendly solution. From behind the three-spoke steering wheel we then see another 12.3-inch digital screen, which replaces the chapel of the main instruments.

Gray trim with vertical slit gradually rises from below the center console in piano black, which then extends to either side of the dashboard – the same scheme applies to the other variants. The door panels were then decorated with dark motifs surrounded by leather upholstery. Then the space on the plane again varies only slightly.

technology

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Of interest is the transparent screen, which is easy to read due to the high contrast. Displays a range of important driving information, whether you are driving off-road or on the road

Do you think they didn’t show much in Stuttgart again and almost nothing changed? It may seem so, but as Exupéry once wrote, what matters is invisible to the eyes. The main differences are in the techniques used.

The aforementioned large diagonal displays are now standard, with every GLC now also receiving heated seats, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, wireless mobile charging, and even “profiles” storage with settings saved under a fingerprint.

However, who would like to stuff the GLC with more technology is no problem. Optional onboard technical amenities include a multi-color, high-contrast viewfinder, which is easy to read but also displays important information directly in the driver’s field of view – depending on the driving mode, it can be global tilt, vertical or horizontal or speed, gear, range etc. Like.

What is new, then, is the invention, which people from Mercedes call a “transparent cover”. This system allows the driver to see what is happening right in front of the car and around the front wheels, the space that the hood and front of the car usually hide. It displays everything on the main central screen.

The invention would have best use mainly in the field, but could certainly be used when standing near high barriers. However, it is good to know that the function of a transparent hood is an integral part of the body – “parking kits with a 360-degree camera”.

Because of the (legitimate) popularity of car cameras, the automaker decided to offer its customers its own camera, which records all events in front of the car.

mechanization

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Mercedes-Benz GLC initially offers several engines

The initial engine will be the GLC 200 4MATIC with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 204 hp and 320 Nm of torque. Standard is a nine-speed automatic and, as the engine’s name suggests, all-wheel drive.

The GLC 300 4MATIC engine is a step up. It is practically the same engine, that is, a 2.0-liter supercharged four-cylinder, but here it is tuned to 258 hp and 400 Nm. The manufacturer states the same consumption for both engines. There are two types of diesel engines to choose from – one classic and one hybrid. You can see their full list in the sliding table:

The engine of the new Mercedes-Benz GLC

GLC 200 4MATIC GLC 300 4MATIC GLC 300 and 4MATIC GLC 400 and 4MATIC GLC 220 d 4MATIC 4matic GLC 300
engine 2.0 liter supercharged four cylinder 2.0 liter supercharged four cylinder 2.0L Supercharged 4 Cylinder + Hybrid 2.0L Supercharged 4 Cylinder + Hybrid 2.0 liter four cylinder supercharged diesel 2.0L Supercharged 4 Cylinder Diesel + Hybrid
leader 4×4 4×4 4×4 4×4 4×4 4×4
performance 204 horses 258 horses 313 horses 381 horses 197 hp 335 horses
torque 320 N 400 N 550 N 650 N 440 N 750 N
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 7.8 seconds 6.2 seconds 6.7 seconds 5.6 s 8 s 6.4 s
maximum speed 221 km/h 240 km/h 218 km/h 237 km/h 219 km/h 217 km/h
Declared need according to WLTP 8.2-7.3 l / 100 km 8.2-7.3 l / 100 km 0.8-0.6 l / 100 km 0.8-0.6 l / 100 km 5.9-5.2 l / 100 km 0.7-0.5 l / 100 km
electric range 104-120 km 104-120 km 102-117 km

The highlight of the offer so far is the GLC 400 e 4MATIC, where the internal combustion engine is followed by a plug-in hybrid with 381 hp and 650 Nm, also enabling a purely electric drive. In time, we can certainly look forward to the AMG GLC 43 backed by a more powerful version of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 408 hp, which we know as the modern type. C43 AMG.

More logical cutting levels

The people from Mercedes took on the task and “sorted” the levels of equipment and individual items so that they generally follow each other better. In other words, the distinct elements that customers often chose together in the past became part of the shared “packages” of greater logic and, in fact, clarity.

For example, the Parking Package now includes both a parking assistant and a rear camera with a 360-degree “view” option. From driving assistants we will have, for example, adaptive cruise control, active steering and traffic sign recognition in one package.

Prices are not on the horizon yet

The automaker is still pricing in the new-generation GLC, but there is a good chance the GLC will become more expensive. The GLC class currently starts at 1,116,830 CZK, and the hybrid version starts at 1,474,990 CZK. However, the German car valet Auto Bild estimates that prices will rise by about 4-5 thousand euros, that is, by about 100-120 thousand kroner.

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