Mercedes-Benz GLC Officially Unveiled: Is This The New Compact SUV King?


Bid farewell to the GLK, Mercedes has a new compact crossover and we think you’re going to like it.

Replacing the old GLK SUV, this is the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLC. Set to do battle with the Audi Q5, Porsche Macan and BMW X3, the compact SUV has taken styling cues from the GLA, and the sleek sporty lines of the GLC Coupe concept that debuted in Shanghai, but boasts the underpinnings and interior of the new C-Class sedan. Mercedes claims it blends modern aesthetics with classic off-road looks, but you can be judge of that.

Compared to the outgoing GLK, the GLC has more rear leg room, and larger door openings for better entry and exit, thanks to a 118-mm longer wheelbase. US buyers will receive the GLC 300 and GLC 300 4MATIC, featuring a 2.0-liter turbo-four rated at 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque.

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The rest of the world will have to make do with the GLC 220d, 250d, and 250, all with permanent four-wheel drive and a nine-speed box, ranging from 170 to 211 hp. There’s also a plug-in hybrid variant, the GLC 350 e, that combines a 211-hp gasoline engine with a 116-hp electric motor. The plush interior, like the C-Class, comes with a stylish dashboard, an infotainment system with 7- or 8.4-inch display, an optional panoramic glass roof, and a range of upholstery and trims, including nappa leather, carbon-fiber and wood. Performance will be helped by the shedding of 80 kg, thanks to a new, aluminum body, while steel springs and active dampers come as standard with optional full air suspension.

An off-road pack adds five programs to the dynamic set up including slippery, incline, rocking assist, and trailer. The GLC will be rolled out in Europe this September priced from 44,506 Euros, and will launch in the US in November with prices TBD.