The all-new 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC has received its official global reveal.
Although the name of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC might seem new, this isn’t actually a completely new model for the company. Mercedes-Benz have offered the boxy (and similarly-sized) GLK in left-hand-drive market for years. The GLC replaces the GLK, and will be sold in right-hand-drive markets, including South Africa.
Although the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC is obviously a bit bigger in size, styling is similar to that of the Mercedes-Benz GLA – gone is the square design of the GLK, replaced by a far more streamlined exterior.
The side view showcases the almost coupé-like greenhouse, which together with the 118 millimetres larger wheelbase lends the GLC an elegant long 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.
The paradigm shift in the area of design affects not only the outside appearance. 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 new design idiom combines sensual purity with dynamic sportiness and embodies a new interpretation of modern luxury. 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. Last but not least, substantially more space is available for occupants and luggage. The optional large-area panoramic glass roof further enhances the light and airy feel inside.
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. These clear-cut lines create a feeling of open space and establish a purist, modern vibe. 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 Audio 20 or COMAND Online. A centrally positioned media display is partially integrated above the centre console. Five round air outlets with metallic “cool touch” effect lend the dashboard a sporty air and create an interesting contrast to the warm look of the other materials.
Three engine options have been disclosed. There is a GLC 220d 4MATIC with 125kW and 400 Nm of torque, and a GLC 250d 4MATIC that offers 150 kW and 500Nm of torque. Lastly, there is a GLC 250 4MATIC with 155kW and 350Nm of torque.