Details of the second generation of the Mercedes-Benz mid-range SUV the GLC have been released, and the premium German carmaker tells us that it represents a big step forward on several fronts.
On a technical level, Mercedes-Benz says that the new SUV clearly makes its mark with the excellent standard of safety that is a brand hallmark, featuring state-of-the-art assistance systems and outstanding energy efficiency. Fuel consumption has been cut by up to 19 per cent in comparison to the previous model.
At the same time, Mercedes claims that the ‘air body control’ (ABC ) multi-chamber air suspension, that is without parallel in this segment, the extended range of dynamic select (DS ) dynamic transmission modes, and the 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive, increase not only the ride comfort, but also the vehicle’s sporty agility. Visually, the body follows the clear and sensual design idiom which was demonstrated so successfully by the GLC coupé showcar concept in the spring, and which serves as the standard for future SUV families.
Thomas Weber, member of the management board of Daimler AG and responsible for group research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, said: “Our new GLC represents a further, systematic, step in the implementation of our successful SUV philosophy. It combines the ultimate in driving comfort with a sporty touch, impresses on the road and, more than ever, off it as well, and appeals to the eye with the new design and equipment line.”
Mercedes-Benz says that the design philosophy behind the new GLC essentially favours sensual purity and a modern aesthetic over the classic off-road look. The dynamic design exudes emotional appeal while also employing purist forms. Surfaces embodying a degree of tension and precise lines cite the clear design line followed by all state-of-the-art SUVs from Mercedes-Benz.
The GLC only represents a departure from its progenitor, the G-Class, in terms of appearance, however. On a technical level it sets new benchmarks in all disciplines according to the Mercedes-Benz engineers. The mid-size SUV’s off-road capabilities remain as outstanding as ever.
The characteristic SUV front with a short, succinct, overhang, upright three-dimensional radiator grille with a twin louvre and centrally positioned brand star, follows the successful new design line. Striking headlamps, optionally available as LED high performance lamps, lend the GLC a self-confident look which is further emphasised by its distinctive night design. The bumpers with integrated underguard come in three variants: in addition to the base version there is a version optimised for off-road use with a larger angle of approach/departure, plus a particularly sporty AMG variant.
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 50.8 cm (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. Watch this space for more on the new GLC later.