We've seen spy shots and teasers, but now it's time to see the real thing.
Mercedes-Benz overhauled the C-Class with electrified powertrains and great tech, but the GLC has been notably absent from the conversation. That's about to change, as the automaker says it will reveal the new GLC on Wednesday, June 1, using a variety of online channels.
Mercedes said the next-generation GLC would feature 100 percent hybrid drive and standard all-wheel drive. Plug-in hybrid variants will have an all-electric range of more than 62 miles, which means that drivers with access to home chargers may never need to visit a gas station again.
The SUV's powertrain selection is expected to borrow heavily from the car upon which it's based - the C-Class. At the low end, that likely means a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Hybrid here means mild-hybrid, so the engine will get a 48-volt system that acts as a starter motor and generates additional power when necessary. Like the upcoming AMG C43, the GLC 43 will get a turbo-four with mild-hybrid assist making 402 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.
We've spotted the new GLC testing many times in recent months, with the last time being a sighting of an AMG GLC 53 romping in the snow. We could make out a new grille, updated headlights, and redesigned taillights despite the camouflage. The SUV's lower grille appears to have been left alone, and the front end looks to be more rounded overall.
The GLC is expected to carry over much of the C-Class' tech inside, including an 11.9-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch configurable digital gauge cluster. The lack of physical controls and the presence of dominant screens gives the cabin a futuristic look. Our spy shots captured the cabin late last year, and the look works in the SUV.
Mercedes will hold the GLC unveiling virtually, with viewing options across several online outlets as many other automakers have done since the pandemic began. The premier will be streamed live and feature a film made by Mercedes. The automaker says that "the viewer experiences the highlights of the new GLC as an observer of the preparations for the shoot on the film set - with a passionate but slightly confused director, an overzealous team, and a smart Formula 1 driver."