The new GLC is packed with safety assistance systems and is more efficient than before with fuel consumption being cut by up to 19%. Recently unveiled, the second generation GLC mid-size SUV comes with a host of improvements over the previous GLK model.
Equipped with 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive and Air Body Control multi-chamber air suspension, the GLC now offers improved ride comfort and performance. The bumpers feature integrated underguards and would-be4 buyers can choose between the AMG or the Off-Road styling packages. The wheelbase has grown by 118 mm and the GLC takes on a distinct coupe look.
The interior has received some love and high quality materials are used throughout, including nappa leather and open-pore wood trim. The dashboard and centre console are newly designed and are home to the air vents, infotainment display, a newly developed touchpad and a new Head-up Display. There’s an optional large-area panoramic glass roof available that adds to the airy feel of the cabin. Boot space is at 580-litres, which expands to up to 1 600-litres with the 40/20/40 split rear seats folded down.
There are two diesel models and one petrol model available. In addition, there’s also a plug-in hybrid model in the lineup. The GLC220d and 250d are powered by a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine offering 125 kW/400 Nm and 150 kW/500 Nm respectively. The GLC250 petrol variant is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo engine delivering 155 kW and 350 Nm of torque. All these variants come with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Five driving modes including Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual are offered as standard via Dynamic Select.
The new GLC comes packed with safety features, including Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Crosswind Assist, Headlamp Assist and Attention Assist fitted as standard.With the Driving Assistance Plus package, features such as Distronic Plus with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot, Pre-Safe Brake with pedestrian detection, BAS Plus with Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and PRE-SAFE Plus.
There’s also the optional 360° camera and Active Parking assist which helps get into those tight parking spaces with little effort.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC will be available in South Africa in the third quarter of 2015.