Like the SLK class changing to SLC, 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC becomes the successor of GLK class. Unlike the coupes which are basically remaining the same, compact SUV’s have ample differences between them. GLC has been incorporated in order to uplift German maker’s compact niche with more sophistication than before.
Under the Hood
For their initial year, 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC‘s will offer only one engine under their respective hoods. 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is supposed to deliver 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. At least you’ll get to choose between drivetrain configs as GLC will be available in 300 or 300 4Matic models. Those in search of manual transmission won’t be that lucky as German maker’s compact luxury crossover only offers 9-speed automatic gearbox.
Further down the line, Mercedes-Benz will offer turbo diesel 4-cylinder engines with their smaller crossovers for better fuel economy, and possibly even V-6 options with naturally aspirated power.
|Descript||GLC 220 d 4MATIC||GLC 250 d 4MATIC||GLC 250 4MATIC|
|Output – kW/hp||125/170||150/204||155/211|
|0-100 km/h||8.3 (8.5)||7.6 (8.0)||7.3 (7.9)|
|Vmax km/h||210 (205)||222 (210)||222 (215)|
Design – Inside and Outside view
Unlike its predecessors, GLC crossovers are much more rounded off. Boxy look in compact vehicles is so passee and Germans have known that since day one. They have only now decided to change the overall design as part of the whole lineup’s new nomenclature strategy. New, 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC is still small, however. It also carries some features straight from the GLK class. Headlamps, for instance, are still singular and similarly shaped, and grille features the star and two stripes.
Bumpers, fenders and midsection, however, are much softer than before, and so is rear end with more rounded off tail-lights and generally softer feel.
Mercedes-Benz’s new luxury crossover slots below the newly formed GLE class which is former ML class. However, two differently sized vehicles are now much more similar in shape, and in interior arrangements as well. 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC features nicely curved cabin with soft edges all over. Overlapping dashboard comes with circular airvents and wood-coated instrument panel. 7-inch tablet-like touch screen display sits just above that cluster and comes with COMAND infotainment system and touch pad controller that has been taken straight from the C class.
Feature list is as solid as ever, and just like the mentioned C class, GLC crossovers offer plenty of standard high-tech and even more optional systems. Most of available features have to be bought additionally, and some of them include panorama roof, ventilated front seats, navigation and premium Harman Kardon sound system.
Safety features are as solid as ever, and 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC includes abundance of advanced electronic systems like a rearview camera, attention assist, collision prevention assist, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and both forward and rear collision warnings.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Price and MPG
Every single GLC class crossover will initially be fuel-efficient beyond the niche’s overall figures. Petrol burners will manage mid to high twenties in mpg combined, and future turbo diesels will only further raise the score; possibly even to 30 mpg combined.
Prices are more or less at the same level as before. 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 will start from $39,875, while 4Matic, all-wheel drive models should cost at least $41,875. Diesel models should be a tad bit more expensive than that when they finally arrive, and so should be any additional models. Even most of basic models will cost more than that as optional equipment is dark and full of terrors.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC looks more in-tune with the rest of the lineup now. Boxy, angular lines have been discarded in favor of much sleeker panels. Interior has been completely revised as well, but overall level of equipment and refinement has remained the same. Finally, new GLC class crossovers are offered without V-6 engines; at least for now.
Competition: BMW X3 and Audi Q5.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC - Rates
- Design - Interior/Exterior
Like the SLK class changing to SLC, 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC becomes the successor of GLK class. This edition had a premiere at Frankfurt Auto Show.