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Mercedes-Benz GLC is on its way


THE Mercedes-Benz GLC is now in its second generation and we suspect that someone at Mercedes-Benz forgot to send us the first generation. We are not quite sure why we never got the first generation of this C-Class-derived SUV but that's in the past as we are getting the latest generation later this year.

The new GLC nameplate represents a big step forward on several fronts for Mercedes-Benz: On a technical level the new SUV clearly makes its mark with the excellent standard of safety that is a brand hallmark, featuring state-of-the-art assistance systems and outstanding energy efficiency. Fuel consumption has been cut by up to 19 percent in comparison to the previous model. At the same time, the Air Body Control multi-chamber air suspension, the extended range of Dynamic Select dynamic transmission modes and the 4Matic permanent all-wheel-drive, increase not only the ride comfort, but also the vehicle's sporty agility - whatever surface it’s driving on.

The design philosophy behind the new GLC essentially favours sensual purity and a modern aesthetic over the classic off-road look. The dynamic design exudes emotional appeal, while also employing purist forms.

The characteristic SUV front features a short overhang, upright, three-dimensional radiator grille with a twin louvre and centrally positioned brand star, which follows the brand’s successful new design line. Striking headlamps, optionally available as LED high performance lamps, lend the GLC a self-confident look, which is further emphasised by its distinctive night design. The bumpers, with integrated under-guard, come in three variants. In addition to the base version, there’s a version optimised for off-road use with a larger angle of approach/departure, plus a particularly sporty AMG variant.

The side view showcases the almost coupé-like passenger compartment, which together with its extended wheelbase lends the GLC an elegant long profile. This impression is further reinforced by the gently sloping dropping line, which is a hallmark of the brand, and by the powerful shoulders.

The rear is characterised by the broad, muscular shoulders, the horizontal orientation of the contour lines and the split LED rear lamps featuring a distinctive night design. As on the front, the different bumper variants are available.

The paradigm shift in the area of design affects not only the outside appearance. The model change also signals a marked upgrade for the interior. A modern setting prevails, which is a standard set by its bigger brother, the GLE. The new design idiom combines sensual purity with dynamic sportiness, which embodies a new interpretation of modern luxury.

The GLC's interior conjures up the feel-good atmosphere courtesy of high-class materials featuring a hand-crafted character, such as Nappa leather or open-pore wood trim, meticulously finished details and an appealing overall touch and feel. Last but not least, substantially more space is available for occupants and luggage. The optional large-area panoramic glass roof further enhances the light and airy feel inside.

As for its on road abilities, the new GLC offers the Dynamic Select handling control system with five driving programmes as standard. In addition to the Eco, Comfort, Sport and Sport+ and Individual settings, which are familiar from other models, the new all-rounder can also be equipped with the off-road engineering package. This comprises up to five programmes: Slippery and four off-road driving programmes are totally new, here. All models feature 4Matic permanent all-wheel-drive with a basic drive torque split of 45 to 55 percent between the front and rear axle.

Four models are available at the market launch of the GLC, which - as mentioned - all feature 4Matic permanent all-wheel-drive as standard:

GLC 220d 4Matic (125kW)

GLC 250d 4Matic (150kW)

GLC 250 4Matic (155kW)

and we might even get the plug-in hybrid model then GLC 350e 4Matic, with a system output of 155+85kW

A nine-stage 9G-Tronic automatic transmission also comes as standard on the GLC 220d 4Matic, GLC 250d 4Matic and GLC 250 4Matic. Depending on the mode selected for the Dynamic Select dynamic handling control, the automatic transmission with a torque converter boasts great agility and responsiveness or poised composure.


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