The GLK-Class-replacing Mercedes GLC-Class has been officially revealed. The mid-range crossover in its second generation adopts the brand’s latest design language as seen on its siblings GLA-Class and GLE-Class.
The crossover in its new generation is ready to become a more global-specific vehicle unlike its predecessor, with the inclusion of the RHD configuration. The all-new model appears more expressive due to its blend of rugged and aesthetic character, and it completely outdoes the older model’s awkward appeal. The interior is completely revamped with new comfort, technology and safety features making up the rest of the new package.
Despite the wheelbase growing by 118 mm, the second generation GLC is 80 kg lighter. The new body itself is 50 kg lighter, thanks to the strategic mixture of aluminum and high- to ultra-high strength steels. The new 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic transmission helps a weight saving of 12 kg. The lighter 9-speed automatic transmission is standard across the range.
Three models should be available in most markets initially –
- Mercedes GLC 220 d 4MATIC comes with a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that produces 125 kW (170 PS/168 hp) and 400 Nm of torque. It does 0-100 km/h in 8.3 seconds and tops out at 210 km/h.
- Mercedes GLC 250 d 4MATIC comes with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that produces 150 kW (204 PS/202 hp) and 500 Nm of torque. It does 0-100 km/h in 7.6 seconds and tops out at 222 km/h.
- Mercedes GLC 250 4MATIC comes with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 155 kW (211 PS/208 hp) and 350 Nm of torque. It can reach 0-100 km/h in 7.3 seconds and hit a top speed of 222 km/h.
The U.S. market gets two models GLC 300 and GLC 300 4MATIC, both with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 241 hp and 273 lb.-ft. (370 Nm) of torque.
The new generation introduces a plug-in hybrid variant to the crossover’s range for the first time. Named the ‘GLC 350 e’, the plug-in hybrid variant’s powertrain consists of a 211-hp combustion engine and a 116-hp electric motor. It can do 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 146 mph (235 km/h). In pure electric mode, it can be driven up to 21 miles (34 km), but this figure may change when the model is launched.
The Mercedes GLC-Class goes on sale Europe in September this year. UK sales will commence in October. While the sales in the U.S. and in Australia will begin in November and December respectively.