January 07, 2016
As the replacement for the GLK-class SUV, the new GLC could not be a more welcome addition Mercedes-Benz fleet, with the compact-crossover market more popular than ever. Previewed in the all-new coupe form in 2015, the more conventional GLC SUV adopts the alluring styling elements that make the Mercedes-Benz lineup stand out from the crowd. The GLC nameplate stands for much more than just a redesigned SUV, it’s a new benchmark for its segment. It’s been honed in the wind tunnel and on the track, shows off a muscular shape and has the performance to back up its sharp looks. Its long wheelbase, wide doors and confident stance add to its stability and spaciousness, elevating driver confidence and passenger comfort. The GLC is built with its passengers in mind. The GLC 300 4Matic comes standard with 19″ wheels and turbo power that inspires this SUV that’s nimble in the city, fun in the countryside and an ideal blend of everything important. Next to the outgoing GLK, the GLC is 4.7 inches longer, 2 inches wider, and 0.3 inch taller. What this means is more room for the passengers, more ground clearance and more cargo space. What’s more impressive is that despite its size increase, it’s actually 176 pounds lighter. Up front, the GLC features optional LED front headlights. Farther back, the sculpted body sides, arching roofline, and rear three-quarter views are clearly evocative of other Mercedes-Benz models. An extended rear spoiler, active grille shutters, and other aerodynamic features lower the coefficient of drag. It all comes together quite tastefully, and no matter what vantage point you take, the sleek new GLC makes the old GLK look ancient. The interior design is virtually identical to that of the renowned C-class, which is why the GLC wears its nameplate, hence making a radical departure from the standard confines of the typical SUV. The waterfall-style dashboard design with its stand-up 7.0-inch infotainment screen and touchpad COMAND controller parallels the C-class, giving you the feel of the nimble sedan with the interior space of an SUV. Brown linear-grain linden wood trim is standard fare, while piano black, burl walnut, or black open-pore ash is optional. MB-Tex faux leather is the standard upholstery, while two grades of leather are optional; two Designo decors are available for fancier tastes. Also appearing on the GLC’s standard features are multi-colour ambient lighting, fragrance atomization, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, head-up display, panoramic sunroof, active parking system with steering assist, 360-degree parking camera, radar cruise control with autonomous steering that maneuvers around corners, and a tailgate that can open by the wave of the foot under the bumper. The GLC300 is powered by the C300’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, producing 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, paired with Mercedes-Benz’s new nine-speed automatic transmission. This will propel the 1,375-kilogram GLC to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds. On vehicles equipped with 4MATIC technology, the default torque split is 45/55 front to rear, which helps balance the GLC under all road conditions. The fuel-saving ECO start/stop system can automatically shut off the engine when you’re waiting at a red light or stopped in traffic, saving fuel and lowering emissions. For immediate response when the light turns green, the engine restarts instantly as you lift your foot from the brake or press the accelerator. The feature can also be shut off by the driver at any time. The standard GLC multi-link front and rear suspension setups include variable dampers, while active air springs are also available. The firmness of the shocks can be adjusted via a dial-type controller on the center console. On the safety front, the GLC features nine airbags, including the driver’s knee airbag and the front passenger seat is equipped with automatic child-seat recognition that uses a weight mat to deactivate the airbag when a child seat is installed. Another safety feature is an off-road lighting setting that offers broader illumination of the terrain ahead, and as with most other Mercedes-Benz models, the GLC will be offered with collision-prevention assist, blind-spot warning, lane-keeping assist, and more. All this looks good on paper, but how does it compare in real life? Come visit our showroom and check out the brand new Mercedes-Benz GLC-300 for yourself and see for yourself. We guarantee you’ll be impressed!