Mercedes-Benz GLC Makes its Debut
While the Mercedes-Benz GLK class has been a well-received vehicle since its introduction in 2008, a combination of factors have led to changes being made. With a natural break as it reached the end of its first generation, it was time for a change – for the 2016 model year, the Mercedes-Benz GLC replaces the GLK. While the name change may bring to mind a major change in the model, it isn’t quite that drastic. In fact, the GLC is an evolution of the GLK, but with a new name to bring it parallel with its sedan equivalent, the world-class C-Class.
An All-New Look
From the outside, it certainly seems like the GLC is an all-new vehicle. It is notably less boxy than the GLK was, with a lower and more rounded roof line that brings to mind a coupe, instead of a station wagon. Even though it looks more car-like, its wheelbase has been extended by 4.6 inches, while the chassis has been lightened by 176 pounds. Part of the advantage of this is that it has allowed extra entry space into the rear seats, with the doors growing by over an inch to make it easier to enter and exit.
Under the Hood of the GLC
The debut model year of the GLC will see a somewhat limited choice of models. The 2016 GLC 300 will have a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, producing 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque – an engine that debuted in the C-Class. The standard transmission is the nine-speed 9G-tronic automatic transmission that has helped to provide incredible fuel economy.
An entirely new chassis setup will provide for better driving dynamics and better ride comfort. There will be plenty of room for customization to the individual driver as well, as both the Dynamic Select drive system and the optional Air Body Control suspension can be used to fine tune the driving characteristics. For the debut model year, both rear- and all-wheel-drive will be offered.
A Luxurious Interior
As with all Mercedes-Benz vehicles, you expect only the best when it comes to the interior of the GLC, and it certainly delivers. It is spacious, with plenty of room for five adults plus cargo space for luggage, groceries, or whatever else you may need to haul. Luxurious leather and vinyl is accented with wood-grain or black trim. A seven-inch screen for the COMAND® infotainment system is the centerpiece of the dash, positioned conveniently at the top of the center stack. The GLC will have the amenities you’ve come to expect from Mercedes-Benz, from the sound system down to the small details.
A Thorough Suite of Safety Options
Mercedes-Benz loves to use the safety systems as platforms for demonstrating their technological advance, and the GLC is no different. The optional Driver Assistance package is certainly worth its while, providing active blind-spot warning, active lane-keeping assist, brake assist with cross-traffic detection and the Distronic Plus system with steering assist. This is all in addition to an already-robust safety roster that includes collision prevention assist, crosswind assist, attention assist, an extensive number of airbags, and anti-lock brakes.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC looks to be a superstar of the Mercedes-Benz lineup, and we expect it to be a reflection of the award-winning C-Class it has been patterned after. When it finally hits showroom floors, we know it will bring customers down to our location at 101 Sunrise Highway in Amityville to see how it can fit into their lifestyle.