Mercedes-Benz SA recently introduced the revamped GLC and GLC Coupé in South Africa.
The exterior changes include some subtle tweaks, but for the most part it’s the same as before, just packaged more handsomely.
The most significant changes are to be found underneath the skin.
In the interior, a high quality of finish and high-grade materials such as open-pored wood are combined with user-friendly controls. As standard, both versions of the GLC feature the modern, learn-capable infotainment system MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience. Its strengths include intuitive control using a variety of inputs such as touch control, gesture control as standard. The MBUX augmented reality function for navigation adds useful navigation information to a video image of the surroundings.
The driving assistance systems have been considerably extended. Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and Active Steer Assist provide even more comfortable support to help the driver to keep a safe distance and steer. The speed is adjusted automatically ahead of bends or junctions. Active Steer Assist helps with forming an emergency corridor and with changing lanes. The risk of potential collisions can be reduced by the turn-off function of Active Brake Assist, by automatic braking if the driver fails to see oncoming traffic. Also new is Trailer Manoeuvring Assist, which provides assistance when manoeuvring in reverse.
As an alternative to the standard AGILITY CONTROL suspension, the steel DYNAMIC BODY CONTROL suspension with adjustable damping is available. The damping is individually controlled at each wheel depending on the driving situation, speed and the condition of the road surface.
Different suspension characteristics can be chosen using the DYNAMIC SELECT switch: in the two setups “Sport” and “Sport+” the damping is more taut, while ride comfort is maximised in “Comfort” mode and “Eco” mode makes for particularly economical driving. The driving modes also modify the engine, transmission and steering characteristics.
The AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension can be chosen for even more comfort and variability. In combination with the standard DYNAMIC SELECT, this also makes it possible to lower or raise the vehicle level by 15 mm.
The GLC comes to the starting line with completely new engines. The GLC and GLC Coupé are powered by the new generation of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
The line up now consists of the 220d and 300d. Both are four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engines. The 220d delivers 143kW/400Nm, while the 300d offers 180kW and 500Nm of torque.
One four-cylinder turbocharged petrol will also form part of the line-up. It will also carry a 300 badge. This engine produces 190kW and 370Nm of torque.
Pricing for the GLC starts at R786 100 and ends at R985 300.
The AMG models are expected to join the line-up in the new year.