Squinting at the new Mercedes-Benz’s new GLC to spot any design changes might not yield anything as there aren’t any. Other than fresh LED swooshes and a dab more chrome, the SUV largely inherits the model it replaces.
However, not all things are the same. Behind its beefier new grille is the German manufacturer’s new family of engines. Two new petrol variants include the GLC 200 that comes with a 197-hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and the GLC 300 that features the same engine with a higher output of 254hp. Both these models have undergone mild-hybrid treatment, getting a 48-volt starter motor generator that promises better stop-start response along with 149Nm of additional torque.
Other than a beefier grille and a few chrome elements, Mercedes-Benz has retained most from the previous model.
The SUV sits on wheels with sizes ranging from 18- to 20-inches. Models within the AMG line can be distinguished with visual indicators such as a chrome diamond-block grille, aggressive front bumper, and angular exhaust tips out back.
While one might feel that Mercedes did not touch the interiors, a few elements like a new 10.3-inch infotainment system with MBUX, steering-mounted touch controls, a centre console-mounted touchpad, gesture controls and voice commands say otherwise.
Mercedes-Benz has stepped up a rung in terms of safety as the new GLC comes with features such as blind-spot monitors, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, an attention monitor, an automatic lane-change feature and active lane control.
The 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system comes with MBUX.
The GLC is one of the most favoured SUVs in Mercedes-Benz’s line-up and it could be said that the company’s idea to retain most of its previous model’s features was not that bad after all. It is still an SUV that can compete aggressively against the likes of BMW X3 and Porsche Macan.
Prices on the new GLC have not been revealed which we expect to be out at its launch at this year’s Geneva Motor Show next week.