First images of the new Mercedes-Benz GLC publishedAugust 16, 2020
Mercedes’ next GLC SUV will get technology from the S-Class, and exclusive images showcase what it might look like when it arrives in mid-2022. Such an elegant appearance can be the envy of the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.
The premium SUV market is moving forward and Mercedes has already started developing a completely revised version of its mid-size GLC and with its market launch in mid-2022, it will end one of the busiest periods in the history of the German company. as new models are flowing into the showrooms.
The GLC is one of the newest members of the Mercedes-Benz SUV family, which has generated huge profits for the company since entering the market in 2015. SUVs account for over 33% of the brand’s global sales, and the GLC is the best-selling Mercedes-Benz SUV in the UK. To keep up with rivals such as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, Mercedes has decided to make major changes in technology and quality, starting with a radical revamp of the GLC’s interior, which will draw heavily on the styling of the upcoming S-Class sedan.
Digital displays stretching horizontally across the entire dashboard of the current GLC will be replaced by a portrait-oriented display that will sit on the center console. A small touchpad with buttons below the display will provide quick access to climate control and navigation functions. The dashboard of a high-end car will be completely devoid of any physical buttons and dials.
According to spy photos, the GLC will add in size: it will be shorter and longer than its predecessor, and the changes should give the SUV a more elegant look. Exclusive images give the best idea of what a model would look like in a showroom, taking into account the latest Mercedes design and family headlights.
The GLC will continue Mercedes’ modular rear-wheel drive architecture, but significant improvements will allow the company to introduce a wider range of hybrid powertrains and more sophisticated autonomous driving technologies. Using a more power-hungry battery should increase the range to 56 km. Mercedes will continue to develop its hydrogen fuel cell technology with the GLC F-Cell. This will ensure that the company delivers one of the widest range of powertrains in the new GLC.
The base engine line-up will also consist of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, but all are expected to work in conjunction with a new 48-volt mild hybrid system. Mercedes calls such units EQ Boost. In addition, more efficient plug-in hybrid variants of the GLC with EQ Power badges are expected to appear in the lineup.
The German automaker is looking forward to making strides in autonomous driving technology as it seeks to take Level 3 autopilot functionality beyond the upcoming S-Class. New software and hardware, including radars, lidars and sensors, could enable the GLC to engage in limited autonomous driving when permitted by law.
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