Mercedes-Benz’s boxy GLK has been relaunched by a rounder and smoother successor called the 2016 GLC. It utilizes the same modular architecture with rear-wheel-drive found in the latest C-Class, which will also end up underpinning most of M-B’s lineup over the coming decade.
Mercedes-Benz’s boxy GLK has been relaunched by a rounder and smoother successor called the 2016 GLC. It utilizes the same modular architecture with rear-wheel-drive found in the latest C-Class, which will also end up underpinning most of M-B’s lineup over the coming decade. The new GLC will arrive in the US with just two versions, a rear-wheel-drive GLC300 and an all-wheel-drive GLC300 4Matic. More variants are expected including an AMG GLC63, diesel, and for the first time ever, a plug-in hybrid. In addition, a new GLC Coupe is also in the making.
Mercedes new GLC is significantly larger than the GLK it replaces with length being up 4.6 inches, yet it weighs in about 110 pounds lighter. This also leads to more interior space compared to the GLK. Mercedes says almost all interior dimensions have improved, with the rear seat getting the biggest gain. The rear bench also splits 40/20/40 now, allowing the GLC to deliver up to 56.5 cubic feet of storage space, 1.8 feet more than the outgoing GLK. The interior continues the impressive design theme of the C-Class with the dashboard and the center console flowing in one large panel forming an elegant sweep from the center console air vents to the armrest. Mercedes touchpad controller and handrest resides in the center console, while at the top of the dash info is displayed in a standard 7.0″ screen.
The new GLC features some impressive standard and available technology not normally associated with this class. One of the headliners is a Dynamic Select system that adjusts a number of inputs like the steering, optional air suspension, transmission, and throttle, with five available modes including a programmable mode. Safety also continues to be a high bar set by Mercedes. M-B’s Attention Assist system is standard, along Collision Prevention Assist Plus. An optional Driving Assistance Package adds Distronic Plus, Pre-Safe Brake, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and Pre-Safe Plus. A surround camera system will also be available.
The new GLC will makes its official debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show in September before it goes on sale this Fall. We expect to have pricing and fuel economy numbers before then. So stay tuned to TheTorqueReport for more breaking information.