The revised Mercedes GLC has been revealed. This new model comes with revamped looks, a new infotainment system and a range of more economical petrol and diesel engines. Here’s everything you need to know.
New Mercedes GLC
New engines and a new infotainment system
Price & release date
From £38,000; June 2019
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The Mercedes GLC has been on sale since 2015, but this new model packs plenty of changes under its bonnet and inside its cabin. But will these tweaks be enough to tempt you away from an Audi Q3 or BMW X?
Mercedes GLC price and release date
The updated car is due to go on sale in the middle of 2019 – around June. While prices have yet to be confirmed, expect a modest price rise from the current car. This would mean the new GLC would start from around £38,000.
Mercedes GLC styling
The new Mercedes GLC doesn’t look drastically different to the old car, but peek a bit closer and you’ll notice a few stylish tweaks. The front bumper comes with a much larger chrome trim piece than before and the two intakes beneath the headlights have been stripped of their whisker-like inserts.
The lights themselves have been revamped, and now come with some neater daytime running lights which mirror those on the larger GLE. Head around the back and you’ll notice a large piece of chrome trim between two square exhaust pipes and a larger chunk of black plastic creeping up towards the bootlid.
Entry-level cars come with 17-inch alloy wheels, but you can choose to fit some whopping great 20-inch rims in AMG Line guise to give your GLC a bit more kerb appeal.
New Mercedes GLC interior
Step inside, and you’ll find the new Mercedes GLC’s interior looks pretty similar to the current car’s. It gets the same minimalist centre console, cool metal air vents and free-standing infotainment display, but you can now get a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display instead of the old car’s analogue dials. But, more on that later.
You can also choose from a couple of new materials to trim the Mercedes GLC’s dashboard and centre console – unvarnished ash and walnut in addition to the old car’s piano black finish.
Mercedes GLC infotainment
The new Mercedes GLC’s MBUX infotainment system comes loaded with the same customisable graphics you can get in the latest A-Class and features the Siri-like ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice control systems. This feature lets you program the sat nav or retune the stereo without taking your hands off the steering wheel.
There’s also a neat hidden camera in the roof which can detect whether it’s you or your front-seat passenger reaching for the screen, and enlarge relevant icons accordingly. Even more high-tech, though, is the augmented reality sat-nav. Just like in the A-Class, this overlays directions and street names on a live video feed from a camera in the GLC’s front bumper.
Mercedes GLC engines
You’ll be able to get the new Mercedes GLC with two petrol and three diesel engines. The GLC 200 and 300 petrol models both come with four-cylinder, 2.0-litre engines paired with a small electric motor. They produce 197hp and 258hp respectively, but (Mercedes claims) will both return as much as 40mpg. The electric motor allows the Mercedes GLC to turn off its engine when you’re cruising along – such as downhill on a motorway – to help save fuel.
There’s also be a trio of diesel engines for you to choose from in 200d, 220d and 300d flavours – albeit without the same electric assistance as petrol models. The 163hp 200d and 194hp 220d models both return around 55mpg, while the more powerful 245hp 300d version manages a slightly thirstier 48mpg.
Every Mercedes GLC comes with four-wheel drive for added grip in slippery conditions and a nine-speed automatic gearbox to save you from making numerous gear changes in heavy traffic.
Mercedes GLC driving
Unlike the outgoing model, the new Mercedes GLC comes with adjustable suspension. This lets you choose from three increasingly sporty settings designed to stop its tall body from leaning in tight corners.
In comfort mode, the suspension softens to let it iron out bumps and potholes, while Sport and Sport+ incrementally stiffen the GLC’s suspension to make it feel more like a car and less like an SUV to drive on a twisty road.