The second-generation GLC will be a brand-new SUV from the ground up, and it will be the most technologically advanced vehicle in its class.
The second-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV will be unveiled on June 1, according to the manufacturer. The SUV’s rear end is shown in a new preview image.
- Over 2.7 lakh units of the GLC were sold in 2021
- New SUV to get three new plug-in hybrids
- Will be basd on the new C-Class’ platform
What we know so far about The Next-Generation Mercedes-Benz GLC
The Mercedes-Benz GLC will continue to compete with the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. With over 2,70,000 sales in 2021 alone, the outgoing SUV was the brand’s best-selling model worldwide. The new GLC will be 60mm longer at 4,718mm, with a 15mm longer wheelbase, providing more legroom and boot space for passengers. The SUV will have an all-new bodyshell with fresh styling from the inside out, similar to Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs currently on the market.
The Next-Generation Mercedes-Benz GLC will have a Hybrid Option
The new GLC will be available in Europe with a range of four-cylinder engines with mild-hybrid technology, similar to the current-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class – the petrol-powered GLC 200 and GLC 300, as well as the diesel-powered GLC 220d and GLC 300d. The GLC 400d, the only new GLC model with a six-cylinder engine, is also in the works. Details on the engines for the India-spec models will be revealed closer to the launch date.
More engine details have yet to be revealed, but Mercedes-Benz has stated that the GLC will be available in both rear-wheel and four-wheel drive configurations. The petrol-electric GLC 300e and GLC 400e, as well as the GLC 300de, will feature a trio of newly developed plug-in hybrid drivelines.
Our sister publication Autocar UK can confirm that Mercedes-AMG Benz’s performance car division is planning successors to the GLC43 and GLC63 for 2023. Both will use the same four-cylinder petrol engines as the upcoming C43 and C63, with the more powerful model expected to make over 506hp.
The GLC will be closely related to the C-Class underneath, sharing the same MRA (Modular Rear Architecture) platform, which means it will come standard with a double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension system. As an option, an air-sprung setup will be available.
Mercedes-Benz also wants the GLC to be the most technologically advanced model in its class. A new Drive Pilot feature with Level 3 autonomous capability, similar to the one found on the latest S-Class, will aid in this endeavor.
What’s New from Mercedes-Benz in India?
Mercedes-Benz recently debuted the new C-Class generation in this market. The interior of the new C-Class is similar to that of the S-Class, and it comes with two diesel and one petrol engine option.