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The new Mercedes-Benz GLC

02 Mar 2019
The success model: Articulate and unmistakably diverse Freedom in its most beautiful form– that is what the GLC has stood for since its launch in autumn 2015. Like its predecessors, the SUV combines outstanding on and off-road driving characteristics with spaciousness, practicality and comfort.

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Freedom in its most beautiful form– that is what the GLC has stood for since its launch in autumn 2015. Like its predecessors, the SUV combines outstanding on and off-road driving characteristics with spaciousness, practicality and comfort. In addition, the latest generation adds further advanced pioneering technologies, distinctive design, and state-of-the-art infotainment. Thus, the GLC once more demonstrates how elegantly and effortlessly hallmark brand safety and intelligent adaptability can be combined to great success. The result is an SUV that sets new standards, on the road as well as in terrain.

With its distinctive appearance, the new operating concept, innovative driving assistance systems and a new range of engines, the GLC offers the best from the world of Mercedes-Benz. The exterior design captivates with its wide and sporty visual appearance. Muscularly sculpted surfaces and distinctive details such as the chrome elements, which now run from the front to the rear end as standard, the redesigned headlamps and the heavily contoured radiator grille ensure a strong off-road character. The interior combines luxury and user-friendliness in an uncompromising way:

The workmanship is at the usual high level and the infotainment system has larger touchscreen multimedia displays. In addition, the latest generation of theMBUX - Mercedes-Benz User Experience multimedia system impresses with intuitive and versatile operating options such as touch, gesture control and the optimised voice control system. For the market launch in mid-2019, the GLC will be equipped with new petrol engines of the latest engine family from Mercedes-Benz with more output and greater efficiency – more engines will follow later in the year.

The most important advancements of the GLC

  • MBUX - Innovative telematics: The combination of the touchscreen multimedia displays, navigation with augmented reality (available in Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, KSA and UAE), intelligent voice control via the talk button or the "Hey Mercedes“ prompt, connectivity (available only in UAE) and the user interface now brings the GLC also in line with the latest technological standards.
  • Drive system: The GLC will be equipped with the next generation of four-cylinder petrol engines with increased output at significantly lower fuel consumption.
  • Advanced assistance systems: Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC provide even more comfortable support to help the driver to keep a safe distance. The speed is adjusted automatically ahead of bends or junctions. The risk of potential collisions can be reduced by the function of Active Brake Assist by braking if the driver fails to see oncoming traffic.

Exterior design: distinctive appearance

Modernity, strength and versatility: that is what the design of the GLC embodies. The design idiom of the GLC follows the design philosophy of sensual purity and illustrates the carefully considered interplay of aesthetics, agility and intelligence. The appearance is sportier overall, the chrome elements now run from the front to the rear end as standard. The distinctive lines, muscularly sculpted surfaces and distinctive details ensure a strong off-road character. The front end gives the impression of emotion, presence and dominance at the very first glance. This design message is made particularly memorable by the standard-fit LED High-Performance headlamps with the torch-design daytime running lights, as well as by the heavily contoured radiator grille with the dynamically shaped double louvres and the diamond lattice. The available paint colours now include graphite grey – with new aerodynamic wheels.

The athletic character continues in the rear view with the completely revised bumper and exhaust tips. The redesigned full LED tail lamps also ensure an unmistakable light signature – with the hallmark blocks of the Mercedes-Benz SUVs in backlit edge-light specification. All in all, the design idiom of the rear end underscores the powerful character of the GLC generation, not least because of the design of the bumper with the exhaust tips and the chromed skid plate sporting the typical SUV design.

Interior design: intelligence meets ergonomics

Refined materials, precision workmanship and flowing shapes – that is what characterises the interior of the GLC. It is characterised by flowing surfaces in connection with clear lines and irresistible proportions. The interior of the Base Line is finished in black. The centre console features an elegant trim component, which is available in piano lacquer finish or the two new wood surface finishes – open-pore ash wood and walnut. The lines of the noble-wood veneers in the centre console exemplify supreme craftsmanship.

MBUX: intuitive operation

Well thought-out, ergonomic, comfortable – these guidelines governed the advancement of the operating and display concepts used in the GLC. The focus is on the interaction with the vehicle and its functions through gestures, touch or the voice control system. This is made possible by the latest telematics generation of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience, which is characterised by intuitive logic and a wide range of operating options. Overall, the interplay of the touchscreen displays, the navigation with augmented reality (available only in Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, KSA and UAE), the intelligent voice control and the user interface sets real standards.

There are a total of five different possibilities to interact with the infotainment system of the GLC:

  • Per Touch control on the multimedia display in the centre
  • Using the Touch Control buttons on the multifunction steering wheel
  • With the multifunction touchpad on the centre console
  • Using gesture control with the interior assistant
  • By voice control, either with the talk button on the steering wheel or the "Hey Mercedes“ prompt

The information the driver needs are shown on two high-resolution displays. Optionally, the instrument cluster measures 12.3 inches. The free-standing multimedia display in the centre is available in two sizes: Seven inches with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and 10.25 inches with 1920 x 720 pixels. The driver can choose from three individual representations to suit the mood or the interior: "Classic” is an advancement of a classic display, "Sport” presents a high-contrast high-tech look, "Progressive“ visualises modernity in reduced form. The graphics in brilliant quality underscore the comprehensibility of the intuitive operating structure. New additions are the touch sensitivity of the multimedia display – and the Touch Control buttons on the multifunction steering wheel for operating the instrument cluster and the multimedia system.

Another effortless way of operating the multimedia system is the Interior Assistant. A camera in the overhead control panel captures the movements of the hand as it approaches the touchscreen or the touchpad on the centre console. The system makes a distinction between the gestures of the driver and the front passenger, which changes the image on the media display accordingly by highlighting or enlarging individual elements. The reading spot also can be switched on and off by hand control. To this end, the light in the overhead control panel follows the movement when the driver is looking for something on the front-passenger seat, for example. In addition, there is the option of operating a favourite function of the multimedia system by a specific gesture that was stored previously.

The revised voice control system makes operation even more convenient and natural. By voice command, the driver can have the system read out text messages, operate the audio systems or access vehicle functions such as the climate control system, for example. The system requires no memorised commands – the user has the freedom, for example, to phrase the desired destination address or the question about the weather report off-the-cuff. What else is possible now: activating the voice control with the "Hey Mercedes“ prompt. The talk button on the steering wheel is additionally available for this purpose.

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New features in the GLC are the standard-fit KEYLESS-GO start function using the turbine-look start-stop button and the option to activate driver assistance systems on the multimedia display. The user selects and activates the drive modes via the DYNAMIC SELECT switch on the centre console. The multimedia display shows different drive modes in line with the particular equipment. The driver can select from different pre-configured and one individual drive mode. Depending on the powertrain and the suspension variant, between five and seven drive modes are available. In addition to "Comfort“, "ECO“, "Sport“, "Sport +“ and "Individual“ for customising the steering, the suspension or the powertrain, the Off-Road Engineering Package offers the two modes "Off-Road“ and "Off-Road +“.

The new range of engines: powerful efficiency

The GLC comes to the starting line with completely new engines. The following models are available at market launch with other engine variants to follow:

 

GLC 200 4MATIC

GLC 300
4MATIC

Cylinders/arrangement

4/in-line

4/in-line

Output (kW/hp)
Combustion engine

145/197

 

190/258

Peak torque
Combustion engine (Nm)

280

370

 

The GLC will be equipped with the next generation of four-cylinder petrol engines. In the GLC 200 and GLC 300, the M 264 four-cylinder engine replaces the M 274 predecessor engine.

The main technology components are CAMTRONIC variable valve control, which heats up the exhaust system without driving up consumption, the twin scroll turbocharger.

DYNAMIC BODY CONTROL: suspension made to measure

With the model update, the GLC is for the first time equipped with the DYNAMIC BODY CONTROL suspension with infinitely adjustable dampers for the front and rear axle. Depending on the driving situation, speed and condition of the road, the damping is controlled individually for each wheel in interaction with the engine, transmission and steering characteristics. In addition, the suspension can be combined with a sport steering system with a more direct steering ratio. It is operated with the DYNAMIC SELECT switch and offers three selectable stages: The two stages "Sport“ and „Sport +“ deliver a firmer set-up of the damper characteristics, while "Comfort“ mode provides an especially comfortable ride.

DYNAMIC SELECT: more than a setting

An SUV that lives up to its name: As usual, the GLC is convincing on almost any type of ground and in the most adverse weather conditions. The new controls of the Off-Road Engineering Package and the DYNAMIC SELECT system with expanded functions according to the specification responds to the individual requests of the driver with regard to the handling and the requirements posed by the particular road conditions. The driver selects between the two off-road drive modes with the DYNAMIC SELECT switch on the centre console: The "Off-Road" mode is particularly suited for dirt roads, gravel, sand and snow, while the "Off-Road +“ mode is perfect for difficult terrain with rocky or steep slopes. The 4MATIC all-wheel drive was newly developed from the ground up. The three-stage design of ESP® with a wider spread now offers even more dynamics in the "Sport“ and "Sport +“ drive modes. The GLC thus once again proves its versatility – off-road as well.

When Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC with route-based speed adaptation (available only in Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, and UAE) is activated, the new GLC is able to recognise and respond to traffic jams or slow-moving traffic with the help of information from LiveTraffic before the driver becomes aware of this traffic obstruction. When a traffic jam is detected (and if the driver does not choose a different response), DISTRONIC reduces the speed to around 100 km/h as a precaution. This is complemented by an improved Active Lane Keeping Assist as well as by additional functions of Active Emergency Stop Assist.

Active Braking Assist with tail end of traffic jam emergency braking function, turn-off and cross-traffic function reduces the risk of a potential accident when making a turn, for example, if the driver fails to see oncoming vehicles. If there is a danger of a collision with oncoming traffic when making a turn across the road, the GLC can be braked at the speeds typical of such manoeuvres. Braking intervention takes place if the driver signals the intention to make a turn and the vehicle can be braked to a stop before crossing the lane markings. Oncoming vehicles are detected by the long-range radar sensor in the front and the stereo multi-purpose camera.

The exit warning function reduces the risk of failing to see an approaching vehicle or a cyclist when opening the door. The exit warning function is only active when the vehicle is stopped. When the driver or a passenger opens the door and a vehicle is approaching, the system emits a visual and audible warning. The function is active for up to three minutes after switching off the engine. In conjunction with the ambient light, the lights of the door handle recess, the map pocket and the trim illumination flashes red in addition.

As an option, Active Parking Assist is available. After pushing the button for Active Parking Assist, the system shows all identified parking spaces in the immediate surroundings on the multimedia display at speeds below 35 km/h. The driver selects the parking manoeuvre as such with the touchpad, the touchscreen of the multimedia system or the right-hand control panel of the multifunction steering wheel – the system provides assisted pulling and reversing into and out of a parallel and end-on parking spaces.

In combination with Blind Spot Assist, Parking Assist PARKTRONIC can warn the driver of cross-traffic when reversing out of end-on parking spaces, and also initiate automatic braking if necessary. Parking Assist PARKTRONIC gives a visual and acoustic warning of obstacles detected by means of six ultrasound sensors in each bumper. These can be in front of, to the side or behind the vehicle, and are detected at speeds up to approx. 10 km/h.

Car-to-X-Communication (available only in UAE) supports the driver by providing the driver with up-to-date information and warnings of hazardous situations on the road. The radio-based exchange between vehicles as well as between vehicles and the traffic infrastructure informs the driver visually and/or acoustically of potential hazards.

Strength. Driven by dedication

The new generation of the GLC marks the start of a new chapter in a true success story: The model sold significantly better than its predecessor in its first full year on the market. At present, Mercedes-Benz has a very successful presence in the SUV segment with seven models (GLA, GLC, GLC Coupé, GLE, GLE Coupé, GLS, G-Class). There is no doubt about it: The SUVs play an essential role in the product range of the brand and its success. More than five million SUVs from Mercedes-Benz were delivered to customers worldwide to date.