The Mercedes-Benz GLC debuted over a decade ago as the GLK. Since then, it has become one of the brand’s best-selling models, and a new generation looks to continue that success. The new GLC is available only as a hybrid: plug-in hybrid or mild hybrid with 48 volt technology and an Integrated Starter-Generator.
The 2023 GLC will launch in Europe with six flavours – two petrol: GLC 200 4Matic, GLC 300 4Matic, two PHEVs: GLC 300e 4Matic, GLC 400e 4Matic, and two diesels: GLC 220d 4MATIC and GLC 300de 4MATIC. The high-performance AMG GLC versions will launch sometime next year.
Mercedes uses its M254 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine in the GLC 200 4Matic and GLC 300 4Matic which are both mild hybrids. The powertrain features 48-volt mild-hybrid technology with its second-generation Integrated Starter-Generator producing 201 bhp (150 kilowatts) and 255 bhp (190 kilowatts) respectively, with the ISG providing an additional 23 bhp (17 kW) and 148 lb-ft (200 Nm) of torque boost.
There are also the plug-in hybrids: the GLC 300e 4Matic and GLC 400e 4Matic making 201 bhp and 248 bhp, respectively. Both plug-in hybrids have an electric range of more than 100 kilometres / 62 miles (WLTP).
Gallery: 2022 Mercedes GLC
Bigger Is Better
The new GLC is slightly larger than the model it replaces. The GLC’s overall length is up 60 millimetres (2.4 inches) to 4,717 mm (185.7 in). The wheelbase grows by 15 mm (0.6 inches), but it is 2.5 mm (0.1 inches) shorter. Although the crossover remains the same width, the front and rear track grow by 8 mm (0.3 inches) and 48 mm (1.9 inches), respectively. The larger footprint translates into more cabin and cargo space, which increases by 51 litres (1.8 cubic feet) to 600 litres (21.2 cu ft).
While the new GLC is larger, it’s slipperier, too, as Mercedes lowered its drag coefficient from 0.31 to 0.29. Mercedes optimised many components such as the underbody panelling, wheels and wheel spoilers, roof spoiler, and more, designing the new crossover with comfort, quietness, and efficiency in mind.
The GLC’s new design features front-end styling that marries the slim headlights with the grille. The AMG Line gets a grille decorated with a three-dimensional star pattern. The GLC looks more athletic than the outgoing model, with a revamped greenhouse design and an all-new rear with new taillights. Wheels will range from 18 to 20 inches, while Mercedes will offer it with optional running boards and the optional Digital Light.
The Latest Tech
Inside, the 2023 GLC gets a substantial upgrade, taking inspiration from the new S-Class. Mercedes pairs a 12.3-inch driver display on the dash with an 11.9-inch central screen that features the company’s second-generation MBUX infotainment technology. The dash and doors receive new styling, and the crossover comes packed with standard features such as wireless charging and heated front seats. Mercedes also rejiggered its equipment packages based on actual buyer behaviour.
Safety is big in the new GLC, with Mercedes offering the Driving Assistance Package. Mercedes also improved its Active Distance Assist Distronic, which can now react at speeds of up to 60 mph, up from 30 mph.