The brand new 2016 Mercedes GLC-Class looks like a small variant of the not-so-long-ago released 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class. Its sophisticated and modern design contributes to better aerodynamics.
In comparison to the GLK, the GLC is 4.7” longer, 2.0” wider, and 0.3” taller. The wheelbase is stretched by 4.6”, whereas the tracks are up by 1.9” in front and 0.8” in back.
At the front, the GLC introduces a two-slat grille flanking a prominent three-pointed star and the headlights can be optionally lit by LEDs. At the body sides, arching roofline, and rear three-quarter views are inspired by other Benzes but also combined with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Acura RDX, and the Porsche Macan. The drag coefficient is reduced through an extended rear spoiler, active grille shutters, and other aero tuning.
2016 Mercedes GLC Interior
Again, in comparison to the GLK, the new Mercedes GLC-Class 2016 is quite distinguishable. On the inside, it is reminiscent of other current Mercedes SUVs and crossovers, in terms of three-spoke steering wheel and the wide, angled center stack equipped with a large infotainment screen.
Due to the stretched wheelbase, the interior of the GLC now offers more space for occupants with an extra 2.2” of rear seat space.
The bigger dimensions also helped open up precious cargo space with the new GLC now providing 20.5 ft3 of cargo space with the rear seats in place and up to 56.5 ft3 with the rear seats folded flat.
Interior features available with the new GLC’s standard are multicolor ambient lighting, fragrance atomization, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a head-up display, a panoramic sunroof, an active parking system with steering assist, a 360-degree parking camera with front- and rear cross-path visualization, radar cruise control with semiautonomous steering, and a tailgate that can be open by waving foot under the bumper.
Engine specs and performance
The U.S.-spec 2016 GLC-Class will be released with just one engine under the hood – the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with delivering 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. This engine will also be used in the GLC300 and the GLC300 4MATIC. It is mated to the 9-speed 9GTronic automatic transmission. However, Mercedes has announced more drivetrain options for down the road. The U.S. versions will come standard with a rear-drive, having all-wheel drive as an option.
In Europe, the vehicle will be available as the gas-powered GLC250 (putting out 211 horsepower), diesel-powered GLC220d (with an output of 170 horsepower) and GLC250d (delivering 204 horsepower) and the Mercedes GLC350e plug-in hybrid (327 horsepower). The European models come standard with Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.
Price and release date
The 2016 Mercedes GLC should be released in November this year, but the pricing has not yet been announced, it is estimated that the basic version cost about $ 40,000, when it appears the AMG version will exceed the $ 60,000. The price of course should not stray too far from the GLK’s pricing (starting at $37,900).