2022 Mercedes GLC: price, specs and release date
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
The Mercedes GLC has become the German marque’s best-selling SUV in the UK since it first went on sale in 2015. The second-generation GLC is due for launch in 2022 and it’s already shaping up to be a convincing alternative to the likes of the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC design
The prototype in these images is so heavily disguised that we can only get a general idea of what the 2022 Mercedes GLC will look like. However, its design appears to be an evolution of the current GLC, rather than a complete reinvention. You can spot a large front grille and slim headlights, similar to those of the present GLC, hiding behind the camouflage. A similar 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 wheel arches. The roof appears to be taller and flatter than before, the rear windscreen more upright and the rear overhang longer – all of which suggest 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 are the mainstay of the present GLC range will likely be carried over to the new car, albeit boosted by mild-hybrid technology to increase efficiency. There will also be a plug-in hybrid version and a new EQC electric car. There may even be a hydrogen fuel-cell option, although this isn’t expected to come to the UK.
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 and are expected to include a six-cylinder AMG GLC 43 and the 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8-powered AMG GLC 63.
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, called the platform. 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 is expected to be heavily influenced by that of the new S-Class, due for launch later this year. Teaser images of the S-Class interior (above) showed a complete reinvention of Mercedes’ interior design.
Currently, Mercedes interiors feature a broad sweep of screens across the dashboard but the new S-Class ditches that in favour of a Tesla-like, large-format, portrait infotainment screen integrated into the centre console. The driver gets a separate screen behind the steering wheel and there’s a row of air vents above the centre screen. You can expect the new GLC’s interior to draw inspiration from this, albeit with smaller screens on lower-grade models.
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 two years away, 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 £40,960.