2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
by Viknesh Vijayenthiran
Jun 17, 2015
Mercedes-Benz’s boxy GLK has been replaced by a rounder, much smoother successor badged the GLC, and beyond its handsome exterior the latest small SUV out of Stuttgart represents a big step forward on several fronts. This is made possible by the modular platform that underpins the GLC. The same rear-wheel-drive architecture is found in the latest C-Class, and is destined to underpin most of Mercedes’ lineup over the coming decade.
As for the new GLC, it will reach showrooms this November, as a 2016 model. It will arrive with just two variants, a rear-wheel-drive GLC300 and an all-wheel-drive GLC300 4Matic, but more are planned including frugal diesel and plug-in hybrid variants as well as a high-performance GLC63 4Matic from the Mercedes-AMG skunk works. A new GLC Coupe is also in the works.
The bodyshell of the GLC is significantly larger than the one on the GLK (length is up 4.6 inches), and the vehicle packed with loads more tech, and yet it is around 110 pounds lighter than its predecessor. This is made possible due to the multi-material construction of the car’s MRA platform, which strategically incorporates materials such as high-strength steel and aluminum to improve strength while at the same time reduce weight.
The interior builds on the impressive design of the closely-related C-Class. A key focus of the design is the dashboard and the center console with its flowing lines and large, one-piece panel performing an elegant sweep from the center air vents to the armrest. A touchpad controller in the handrest over the rotary pushbutton nestles ergonomically in the center console, while info is relayed via a standard 7.0-inch fixed to the top of the dash.
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