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The All-New Mercedes-Benz GLC Features Electrified Powertrains for The First Time

The next-generation GLC is headed to India, and it gets a lot of updates under the hood, as well as new PHEV variants.

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the second-generation GLC SUV all over the world. The new Mercedes-Benz GLC is slightly larger in size, has a more luxurious interior, and comes with a new engine lineup that includes three new plug-in hybrid drivetrains that are all claimed to have an electric range of over 100 kilometers.

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  • All petrol and diesel engines on new GLC are electrified
  • Underpinnings largely shared with the Mercedes C-Class sedan
  • Rivals the likes of BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Jaguar F-Pace

Since the first generation of the luxury SUV was introduced in 2015, global sales of the GLC have reached nearly 2 million units, making it one of Mercedes-best-selling Benz’s models.

Exterior Design of The New Mercedes-Benz GLC

The new GLC is more evolutionary than revolutionary in terms of design. It has smoother surfacing and new detailing than its predecessor, but it doesn’t deviate too much from the original. The new model will be available in two body styles, as before: the GLC SUV shown here and a successor to the sportier Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe, which will be released in 2023.

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A larger grille and a more prominent three-pointed star up front are key exterior cues. The headlamps have been reshaped (with Mercedes-Digital Benz’s Light function as an option), and the optional AMG spec bumper has aggressive detailing. Slimmer taillamps with LED graphics are added to the back, along with a contrasting trim element that emphasizes the tailgate’s width. The wheels come in a variety of sizes, from standard 18-inch to optional 20-inch.

The new GLC is 60mm longer, 21mm narrower, and 4mm lower than its predecessor, with a length of 4,716mm, a width of 2,075mm, and a height of 1,650mm. It also has a 15mm longer wheelbase (2,888mm) than the previous model.

Electrified Petrol and Diesel Engines in The New Mercedes-Benz GLC

Overseas, the new GLC will be offered in six different models, each with two four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines and standard 4Matic four-wheel drive.

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Both the GLC200 and GLC300 models use a mild-hybrid version of Mercedes-M254 Benz’s turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine, which produces 204hp and 320Nm in the former and 258hp and 400Nm in the latter; both also get an extra 23hp from a 48V integrated starter motor. Meanwhile, the GLC220d is equipped with the new OM654M turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel engine, which produces 197hp and 440Nm while sharing the same integrated starter motor as its petrol counterparts.

Three new standard plug-in hybrid drivetrains are also available for the second-generation GLC. The petrol-electric GLC300e and GLC400e are based on the GLC200 and GLC300, and share the same turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine with 204 and 251 horsepower, respectively. A 136hp electric motor mounted in the gearbox boosts the GLC300e’s output to 313hp and 550Nm, while the GLC400e’s output jumps to 381hp and 650Nm.

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The GLC300de gets the same turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel engine with 196 horsepower as the GLC220d. The gearbox-mounted electric motor adds another 136hp, bringing the total reserves to 335hp and 750Nm, similar to the GLC300e and GLC400e.

All of the plug-in hybrid models have a 31.2kWh battery pack and a pure electric range of 105-120km (GLC300e and GLC400e) and 102-117km (GLC300e and GLC400e) (GLC300de). Charging can be done at up to 11kW on an AC system or up to 60kW on a DC system, with the latter claiming to charge in under 30 minutes.

Mercedes-Benz GLC: AMG Models will be Available in 2023

Two four-cylinder AMG badged models are also set to debut in 2023. There’s a new 408hp GLC43 with the same mild-hybrid turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine as the Mercedes-AMG C43, which was just unveiled. A 500hp+ successor to today’s GLC63 will be positioned above it, with a newly developed petrol-electric plug-in drivetrain based on the turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine and a rear axle-mounted electric motor from the upcoming Mercedes-AMG C63.

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Platform and Underpinnings of The New Mercedes-Benz GLC

The new GLC is based on the latest incarnation of Mercedes-MRA Benz’s platform, which it shares a large part of its mechanical package and engine lineup with the latest C-Class. It has a more advanced electrical architecture than its predecessor, allowing for a variety of new features such as optional rear-wheel steering for the first time, as well as the latest generation of driver assistance systems.

The new GLC rides on the same four-link front and multi-link rear suspension as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class of the fifth generation. Unlike the C-Class, however, it comes with an optional Airmatic air suspension with variable damping control, which is standard on plug-in hybrid models.

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Interior and Features of The New Mercedes-Benz GLC

The interior of the new GLC is heavily influenced by the latest C-Class design. A 12.3-inch instrument display and an 11.9-inch portrait-style centre screen, as well as a multi-function steering wheel and newly styled air vents, are included. Mercedes-Benz claims it has used higher-quality materials in the new SUV to increase the perception of luxury and comfort.

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A new head-up display unit, panoramic sunroof, and a 710W Burmester surround sound system with 15 speakers are among the options. Under the cargo blind at the back, boot capacity has increased by 50 litres to a nominal 600 litres. Mercedes-Easy Benz’s Pack includes one-touch tailgate opening as standard.

The GLC has been a strong seller for Mercedes-Benz in India, which means the new model could arrive next year.

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