2016 GLC takes the place of the GLK in Mercedes’ ‘ute lineup
Benz says the GLC, first proven as an ideaon theShanghai Motor Show, is a giant step ahead from the GLK “on a number of fronts,” together with its sexier form, state-of-the-artworkhelpprograms, air suspension and new everlasting all-wheel drive.
Thomas Weber, member of the Administration Board of Daimler AG answerable for group analysis and Mercedes-Benz automobileimprovement, says the GLC’s design is supposed to be far morefashionable (and extra aerodynamic) than the outgoing GLK, with a briefentrance overhang and LED lamps for extra a self-assured look. U.S. variations have a 28 diplomamethod/departure angle, and from the aspect the GLC seemsnearly coupe-like. The wheelbase is stretched four.6 inches for an extended-trying profile.
The Mercedes GLC inside takes its cues from the GLA and C-class
The inside was modernized as effectively to look extrajust like thebigger brother GLE. Supplies are upgraded all through, Benz says, and embrace nappa leather-based and open-pore wooden trim. The brand newsprint and middle console are extra flowing, and there’s now a touchpad within the handrest over the rotary pushbutton — bothcan be utilizedto managecarfeatures and settings.
It’s additionallylarger inside than GLK, with 1.three inches extra rear-seat legroom, and cargo capability grows virtually 2 cubic toes to fifty six.5 cubic ft.
The U.S. market will get the GLC 300 and GLC 300 4MATIC, eachutilizing a gasoline 2.zero-liter inline 4 producing 241 hp and 273 lb-ft and each mated to a 9-pacecomputerized transmission. Benz says extra engine choices are coming subsequent12 months and in 2017.
The brand new Mercedes GLC rounds off its predecessor’s sharper angles and contours
Though the GLC is greater, it’s 176 kilos lighter than the GLK because ofintensive aluminum and extremely-excessive-energymetal use. The non-compulsory air suspension’s springs are housed in glass-fiber-strengthened plastic, additionalreducing weight, as does a smaller, 26-kilos-lighter switch case. There are eco, consolation, sport, sport-plus and particular person settings for the suspension. The all-wheel-drive fashions have a fundamentalforty five/fifty fivep.c torque cut up. Commonplace suspension is 4-hyperlinkentrance and 5-hyperlink rear.
This being a Mercedes, it’s simply dripping with securitytoolstogether with airbags galore, collision-prevention-help plus, crosswind help, livelyexcessive-beam help, pre-secure brake, cross-site visitorshelp, energetic blind-spot help … you get the concept.
We’ll have to attend to drive it earlier thanwe are able todecidewhether or not the GLC “matches the invoice to perfection.” In the meantime, it arrives in Benz showrooms in November. Pricing is anticipatednearer to launch, however thefirm says it ought tobegin at about $39,000.