2022 Mercedes GLC spotted: price, specs and release date

September 22, 2021 by

A heavily disguised prototype of the next-generation Mercedes GLC compact luxury SUV has been spotted testing.

  • Larger than the current car
  • More hybrid engine options
  • Interior inspired by S-Class
  • Upgrade safety tech
  • New infotainment features
  • AMG versions to follow
  • On sale in 2022

A second-generation Mercedes GLC is on the cards for 2022 and prototypes of the upcoming SUV have been seen testing.

It’s already shaping up to be a convincing alternative to the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Jaguar E-Pace.

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC design

Heavy amounts of camouflage make it tricky to see the finer details of the new Mercedes GLC, however, its design appears to be an evolution of the current GLC as opposed to a complete reinvention.

You can see a large grille similar to the current GLC, although it looks as though the headlights are thinner compared with the existing model’s bubbly units.

A sharp crease runs along the flanks above the door handles, flowing into a pronounced curve lower down the door panel, too.

A more obvious difference is the new GLC’s more muscular rear arches. The roof appears to be taller and flatter than before, with the rear windscreen more upright and the rear overhang longer – all of which suggests there will be more room for back-seat passengers and a bigger boot.

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC engines

The four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines that make up the core of the current GLC range will likely be carried over to the new car, albeit boosted with mild-hybrid technology to increase efficiency.

There will also be a plug-in hybrid version and a new generation of the EQC electric car. There may even be a hydrogen fuel-cell option, though don’t hold your breath for it.

There will inevitably be a couple of high-performance Mercedes-AMG GLC models. Their engines will be shared with the equivalent Mercedes-AMG C-Class, the new versions of which will see a switch to hybrid power.

A few powerful engines won’t be the only things the new GLC shares with the upcoming Mercedes C-Class – it’ll also use the same mechanical underpinnings. This will be similar to the outgoing GLC but will feature numerous updates to allow Mercedes to develop a greater range of hybrid models.

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC interior

We haven’t yet seen images of the prototype 2022 Mercedes GLC’s interior, but it ‘s influenced by that of the new C-Class.

That will mean a huge touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard and a fully digital driver’s display as standard.

It looks like the GLC is a little longer too, meaning more legroom in the back for your passengers.

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC technology

Expect the new GLC to feature a suite of advanced driver-assistance systems and an improved infotainment system, related to those in the upcoming Mercedes S-Class.

There will be extra safety features including the ability to detect if a child seat isn’t properly fitted and a visual warning if a passenger is about to open their door into the path of an approaching vehicle.

A 48-volt electrical system will allow fast-acting body and suspension control systems to be added for better ride comfort.

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC price and release date

With the next GLC’s launch still a while off, it will be some time before Mercedes announces prices.

However, given that the new car will be bigger and feature a lot more tech, it’s a fair bet that prices will increase by several thousand pounds over the equivalent current model. An entry-level GLC 220d Sport currently sets you back over £40,000.

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