Mercedes GLC (2023): too modest?

Mercedes spares nothing for the new GLC, offering it the best equipment available on the market, as well as the largest battery ever seen in a PHEV model. Nevertheless, the new generation is passing the torch with some caution. Evidence of good taste?

Currently, Mercedes is the brightest star in the constellation. After its release in 2015, it sold 2.6 copies. The GLC is the best-selling premium SUV in the world. When it comes to the launch of the second generation, the brand needs to pack a serious punch.

Not as it seems, but this year the GLC combines its main strengths: comfort and elegance. Above all, it hides a small mechanical revolution, it imposes itself as something a new technological benchmark in the market.

In particular, we note that the almond look is refined with a bright eyeliner line connecting the grille.

Good to know: expect buying and reselling.

Thanks to the automatic Turbo rating of the Mercedes GLC, an alternative to the Argus rating, it is possible to know the resale or trade-in value of your car.

Evolution in sustainability

It might be a bit much for some it is difficult to determine at first glance that we are facing a new generation From GLC. Indeed, we are already used to the new front end inherited from the elegant C-Class.

However, Mercedes has completely changed everything in this second generation GLC. Not a single body panel is preserved. The trunk is 6 cm long (4.716 m) and 4 mm lower (1.64 m).

In fact, it is almost systematic among the awards, the style remains very classic and evolves subtly so as not to disappoint customers. However, the front end gains presence and profile with dynamism. In general, this GLC becomes more legal. According to their new services.

Mercedes GLC

Note that the mirrors are no longer at the end of the side windows, but directly in the door, to optimize aerodynamic…

Techno and elegant

On board, this new generation The GLC simply restores the C-Class dashboard on its own. Which cannot make us dissatisfied. Especially since it takes the opportunity to level up with more noble materials and is better assembled at the bottom. Obviously, compared to the previous GLC, it’s a huge improvement in terms of presentation, quality and ergonomics. It’s hard to do better in the category.

A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is standard, supported by a beautiful 11.9-inch central touchscreen that runs the MBUX 2.0 interface. Among many features, we appreciate its power a navigation system capable of displaying instructions in augmented reality in the real images transmitted by the front cameras. Mercedes also took the opportunity to integrate a very practical feature called the “transparent hood” (as in Land Rover) to see where you put the wheels!

The width of the rear seats benefits from the lengthening of the body and especially the wheelbase (+15 mm). Likewise by the way, the cargo volume increases by 70 liters to achieve an above-average volume (620 liters). At least, in our test model, since the finding will be less positive for rechargeable hybrids.

Mercedes GLC

Carbon or precious wood atmosphere, the choice is yours. We find the same multimedia system on board the S-Class limousine!

Hybrid or plug-in hybrid?

Mercedes didn’t do things halfway mechanically. Inherited from the C-Class, the new platform now comes with a range of engines that are 100% electrified. 48-volt mild hybridization in the entry-level 220d diesel enginethis is our test model.

Plug-in hybrids are not yet available for this presentation. They will be available in June, but we couldn’t forget to tell you about them. These are a The 31.2 kWh battery is more powerful than many 100% electric city cars! Thus, Mercedes announces that it has traveled more than 120 kilometers in zero emissions. Never seen before. But does it really make sense? Because the other side of the coin is an increased weight of more than 400 kg on the scale!

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Mercedes GLC

The 220d unit is more restrained than the salon. Thanks to sound insulation! In Sport mode, it produces an artificial sound reminiscent of a V8. Not unpleasant at all

Be that as it may, what interests us today is primarily the 220d, ideal for big riders. In detail, we deal with four-cylinder 197bhp 2.0 liter diesel with 48v alternator-starter offering 23bhp and 200Nm boost and 440Nm. It is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

The very rational power unit will be appreciated more for its consumption (confirmed at 5.2 l/100 km in the mixed WLTP) than for its performance (0 to 100 km/h in 8 seconds). Specifically, 2020 kg of empty mass is heavy and shows it! It can be limited when there are 5 people and luggage on board… On the other hand, with its 62 liter tank, you can travel more than 1000 km.

Mercedes GLC

The GLC has always been noted for its comfort, but with controlled damping allowing you to select several driving modes, it’s even more versatile!

Its main asset: convenience!

But our GLC surpasses all its rivals in road performance. Its strength is in offering optional equipment that is very rare in the segment, e.gpneumatic damping Despite the 20-inch wheels, it offers the feeling of riding on an air cushion.

It still manages to offer very good behavior (especially in Sport mode), which is helped by another particularly interesting innovation of this new generation: 4 wheel steering system. There are no compromises, with a maximum steering angle of 4.5 degrees at the rear, the GLC proves as agile in the city as it is stable on the road (steering wheel diameter 10.9 meters or -80 cm).

A very important piece of equipment, especially for a car that can go off-road without fear. Indeed, with permanent 4-wheel drive and pneumatic shock absorbers, it allows you to raise the body by 15 mm with one click. it takes a true adventurer to follow it!

Mercedes GLC

Technical characteristics of Mercedes GLC

Mercedes GLC Spec Sheet
Tested model: Mercedes GLC 220d
Dimensions L x W x H 4.71 / 1.89 / 1.64 m
Wheel base 2.88 m
Luggage volume 620 liters
Tare weight (DIN) 2,020 kg
Engine displacement 4-cylinder Diesel, turbo – 1,993 cm3 + 48V micro-hybridization
Maximum power 197 hp + 23 hp increase
Maximum torque 440 Nm + 200 Nm boost
0 – 100 km/h 8 seconds
maximum speed 219 km/h
CO2 rate (WLTP) 136 g/km
Advertised combined consumption (WLTP) – increased 5.2 liters/100 km
Penalty 2022 230 €
Prices From €60,700

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