The new GLC: Make the best of every ground.
Benchmarks in all disciplines.
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 compared with the previous model. At the same time, the AIR BODY CONTROL multi-chamber air suspension, that is without parallel in this segment, 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 is driving on. Visually, the body follows the clear and sensual design idiom which was demonstrated so successfully by the GLC Coupé show car concept in spring 2015, and which serves as the standard for future SUV families. The dynamic design exudes emotional appeal while also employing purist forms. The GLC only represents a departure from its progenitor – the G-Class – in terms of appearance, however. On a technical level it sets new benchmarks in all disciplines – the mid-size SUV’s off-road capabilities remain as outstanding as ever.
Three-dimensional radiator grille.
The characteristic SUV front with a short, succinct overhang, upright, three-dimensional radiator grille with twin louvre and centrally positioned brand star follows the successful new design line. Striking headlamps, optionally available as LED High Performance headlamps, lend the GLC a self-confident look which is further emphasised by their distinctive night design. The bumpers with integrated underguard come in three variants: in addition to the base version there is a version optimised for off-road use with a larger angle of approach/departure, plus a particularly sporty AMG variant.
A confident appearance.
The side view showcases the almost coupé-like greenhouse, which together with the 118 millimetre larger wheelbase lends the GLC a long, elegant 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 rising lower feature line also enlivens the vehicle’s side view. Matt black cladding in the wings, wheels up to a size of 20 inches and the optional side running board provide clear indications of the GLC’s off-road credentials. 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 here as well. By integrating all the antennae into the exterior mirrors and the roof spoiler, it has been possible to do away with the fin which has featured on the roof to date.
GLC interior: added class.
The model change also signals a marked upgrade for the interior. A modern setting prevails which is quite in keeping with the standard set by its bigger brother, the GLE. The GLC’s interior conjures up the feel-good atmosphere which is a brand hallmark 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. A key focus of the totally new interior design is the dashboard and the centre console with its flowing lines, with a large, one-piece console panel performing an elegant sweep from the centre air vents to the armrest. The newly developed, innovative touchpad in the handrest over the rotary pushbutton nestles ergonomically in the centre console.
As on a smartphone, this provides for very simple and intuitive operation of all the head-unit functions using finger gestures. The touchpad also permits letters, numbers and special characters to be entered in handwriting – in any language supported by the Audio 20 or COMAND Online. A centrally positioned media display is partially integrated above the centre console.
More space. More fun. More comfort.
Compared with its predecessor, the new model is substantially more spacious for front and rear occupants alike. The increase in the GLC’s length compared with the previous model has been translated effectively into useful interior space. Almost all key comfort factors have been improved, above all the space on the rear bench. Through the effective use of space and intelligent packaging, the engineers have also managed to increase the size of the luggage compartment substantially with a level load area and its attendant utility value.
GLC 350 e 4MATIC: Fuel consumption combined: 2.6 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 60 g/km; power consumption weighted: 20 kWh/100 km.*
Less fuel consumption . More comfort.
Mercedes-Benz has applied an extensive package of measures to enhance the GLC’s energy efficiency and performance substantially. Modified or new drive systems, outstanding aerodynamics and intelligent lightweight design are the primary factors behind the vehicle’s fuel efficiency. The diesel and petrol models boast significant reductions of up to 19 percent in both fuel consumption and CO₂-emissions compared with the previous generation, while at the same time improving performance with the same power output.
For the first time in this segment, with the GLC 350 e 4MATIC Mercedes-Benz is additionally offering a plug-in hybrid which combines the merits of agile all-wheel drive with the lowest fuel consumption and emissions: the mid-size SUV emits only 60 grammes of CO₂ per kilometre (provisional figure) and attains a top speed of 235 km/h with a best-in-class system output of 211 and 116 hp. The semi-electric vehicle can cover up to 34 kilometres (provisional figure) in zero-emission all-electric mode, accelerating to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds if necessary, courtesy of the boost function.
The new Off-Road Engineering package comprises up to five programs. “Slippery” and four off-road driving programs are totally new here. “Off-road” is predestined for easy off-road terrain such as gravel or sand tracks. “Incline” boosts climbing capabilities on steep ramps or long, slow uphill stretches. In conjunction with AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension, the additional “Rocking Assist” program offers the last resort, should the vehicle get stuck. Here the driving level is raised by 50 millimetres and the wheel-slip control thresholds are increased so as to enable the GLC to work its way free. The fourth off-road program, “Trailer”, is designed for optimum trailer towing in off-road terrain and facilitates moving off on wet grassland, for example.
The Off-Road Engineering package further includes a robust Gemtex underride guard, which takes the stress out of heavy ground contact as on the previous model, and Downhill Speed Regulation. All DYNAMIC SELECT programmes are visualised on the central media display. Especially impressive are the off-road animations: various parameters, such as incline, steering angle or heading, are presented in dynamic mode in real time on the central media display.
Nine-speed automatic transmission.
The nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission also comes as standard on the GLC 220 d 4MATIC, GLC 250 d 4MATIC and GLC 250 4MATIC. Depending on the mode selected for the DYNAMIC SELECT dynamic handling control, the automatic transmission with torque converter boasts great agility and responsiveness or poised composure. The potential of the transmission is exploited to the full. It offers an impressively high shift speed and perfect transitions for energetic sprinting as well as with gentle, barely perceptible gear changes for enjoyable cruising. As with all hybrid models from Mercedes-Benz, the GLC 350 e 4MATIC is equipped with the latest version of the 7G-TRONIC PLUS, which has been specifically optimised in line with the needs of hybrid applications and also combines high driving dynamics with excellent ride comfort and superior efficiency.
GLC 220 d 4MATIC:
Fuel consumption combined: 5.5-5.0 l/100 km;
CO₂-emissions combined: 143-129 g/km.*
GLC 250 d 4MATIC:
Fuel consumption combined: 5.5-5.0 l/100 km;
CO₂-emissions combined: 143-129 g/km.*
GLC 250 4MATIC:
Fuel consumption combined: 7.1-6.5 l/100 km;
CO₂-emissions combined: 166-152 g/km.*