2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
A well-rounded German SUV that is yet to receive generational upgrades but isn’t falling off the line either.
While the other German SUVs are getting updated with new-generation models, the current GLC-Class is still a part of its first-generation model introduced back in 2016. Although the changes made to it for the 2020 model year did make it one of the best-looking to date, some would argue that it’s still not as compelling as the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. Apart from the standard feature upgrades, there aren’t many changes. So should you opt for GLC-Class or maybe wait for a new generation?
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The 2023 Mercedes GLC Spied with a C-Class Interior
The next-gen Mercedes GLC is scheduled to debut sometime in 2022 with sales to commence for 2023. We haven’t seen it much since the shift to fall of 2021, but these latest shots, do shed some interesting light on the upcoming crossover. It should be noted that this prototype is still rocking a full body wrap, which tells us that Mercedes isn’t really close to the being ready for the full reveal. We’d speculate at this point, that it won’t be until at least summer of 2022 at the earliest. That said, we do finally get a good look at the interior, and wow – it’s impressive.
As you can see from the image above, the GLC’s interior seems to be largely inspired by the latest C-Class, which in turn, is inspired by the latest S-Class. The spy shots reveal that new instrument panel display and the angled in-dash infotainment screen. It remains to be seen if it’ll get the adjustability of the screen in the new Mercedes-AMG SL, but it wouldn’t be as needed in a crossover, so I wouldn’t hold my breath. Unfortunately, the rest of the interior is covered in black cloth, so we can’t make out much else, but this is at least a start.
As for the powertrain offerings, the new GLC will ride on Merc’s Modular Rear Architecture, which means it’ll have the same underpinnings as the C-Class sedan. As such, they two models will likely share powertrains. Including something performance-oriented with an AMG badge. The entire lineup should consist of turbocharged, four-cylinder engines, with he most powerful AMG models coming a year or two after initial launch.
800,000 Mercedes Vehicles Are In Risk Of Catching Fire, But They Don’t Have The Parts To Fix It
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
While the other German SUVs are getting updated with new-generation models, the current GLC-Class is still a part of its first-generation model introduced back in 2016. Although the changes made to it for the 2020 model year did make it one of the best-looking to date, some would argue that it’s still not as compelling as the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. Apart from the standard feature upgrades, there aren’t many changes. So should you opt for GLC-Class or maybe wait for a new generation?
2023 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Spy Shots: Down On Cylinders, Up on Power and Tech
2023 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63e Spied With Hybrid Power and Rear-Axle Steering
The next-gen Mercedes-AMG GLC 63e was spotted recently by our spy photographers. The other versions have been spotted in the past, but not this high-performance model. There is a lot of skin on it, but the AMG design elements are still evident. The highlight of the upcoming SUV will be the hybrid four-pot engine that will fill the big shoe of a V-8 engine.
2021 Manhart GLR 700 Limited 01/10
Everyone knows that AMG stands for performance. If you hear that someone drives an AMG model you automatically think about power and speed. But more power is both possible and more than welcome, so this is where the tuners came in. Manhart for example is offering a new tuning kit for the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe. It will be called GLR 700 and will be limited to only ten units, but there’s something very special about those 10 units.
Watch The BMW X3 M, The Jaguar F-Pace, And The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Get Railroaded By The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63!
The ‘Carwow’ team brought four performance SUVs to the drag strip for a series of straight-line races. The contenders include a Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S, a BMW X3 M Competition, an Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, and a Jaguar F-Pace SVR. Three of the four SUVs make identical 510 horses, whereas the Jaguar trumps them all with 40 extra ponies. But, it is also the heaviest. Does it nullify Jaguar’s advantage?
2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC - The C-Class-based Crossover That Could Prove To Be A Worthy All-Rounder
The Mercedes GLC is already six years old. Despite going through a facelift in 2019, the mid-size SUV, internally dubbed X253, is due to be replaced. With this in mind, the next-generation GLC was recently spied testing. In fact, the two heavily camouflaged prototypes seem to be in the early stages of development, which means the current GLC will be around at least for another year. That said, even with all the camouflage, we noticed some important details.
Super SUV Showdown - Can the BMW X4 M Handle the GLC 63 S and F-Pace SVR?
The luxury performance SUV market is a competitive segment with no shortage of impressive challengers. From the BMW X4 M to the Mercedes GLC 63 S to the Jaguar F-Pace SVR, you can have a pick of these three and go home with a big smile on your face.
But the eternal question that plagues every car applies here, too. Which is the best one among these three high-performance SUVs? More specifically, which of these three is the fastest in a drag race? OK, not everyone asks the latter question, but that doesn’t mean we’re not curious to find out, right? YouTube channel Cars with Pilot Tseno has the answer for us, and it is a surprise, to say the least.
2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe By Lorinser - Ugly Car, Ugly Wheels, More Power
The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe is, by most accounts, a slick-looking performance coupe-SUV. But like most vehicles — and that includes performance-spec models — there are ways to make a model like the AMG GLC 63 S better. There are ways to make it look better, and, certainly, there are ways to make it perform better.
Noted Mercedes tuner Lorinser took up the task of transforming the AMG GLC 63 into a better all-around coupe SUV. The German tuner is known for its programs for Silver Arrow models so this new aftermarket kit for the high-powered GLC should be a walk in the park, right? Right? Well, let’s save the verdict below.
BMW X7 vs Mercedes-AMG GLC vs Model X Drag Race: Hoping Your Kids Won’t Puke
Does launch control make sense in a BMW or a Mercedes-Benz? Hell, yeah. Does it still make sense when that BMW is the X7 or the Mercedes is a GLC, albeit AMG-badged? Well, we don’t think so. But the year is 2020 and SUVs are desperately trying to do everything right, so launch control setups on family haulers are not that upsetting anymore. Or are they?
The drag race you’re about to see is not necessarily the most balanced and fair we’ve ever witnessed. But that’s not the point, as the video is (another) good indicator of just how freakishly quick (and fast) SUVs have become and how this shift in character is hurting sports cars and sedans.
Mercedes-AMG GLC43 unveiled with aggressive looks and beefed-up engine
It’s been four months since Mercedes-Benz introduced the updated GLC crossover at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and three months since the beefed-up GLC63 model broke cover at the 2019 New York Auto Show, and the Germans finally unveiled the mid-range GLC43. Despite rumors that it may be discontinued, the GLC43 carries on with the SUV’s updated styling and a revised engine.
2019 Mercedes GLC Coupe 250d 4Matic - driven
Mercedes sells the GLC Coupe for those who want a tall driving position and the apparent feeling of safety provided by SUVs, but the look of a rakish coupe and a driving experience that has to be accomplished, sporty, and fun. It’s, therefore, a vehicle that has to do quite a lot, and it actually succeeds in most of those areas... for the most part.
It has a very distinctive and unique look, much more so than the regular two-box GLC crossover. Its roofline dips towards the rear and its rear haunches are also widened over the regular GLC to give it a more butch appearance. And they do, creating a vehicle that looks very aggressive from pretty much any angle. I think it also looks better from the back than its main rival from BMW, although with some minor changes it could have won this contest hands down - right now it’s not miles ahead, but still more pleasing to behold in my book.
Out on the road, the GLC Coupe feels stiffer and more planted than the regular GLC and while it’s not the last word in sporty SUV handling, it’s very surefooted, it doesn’t lean into corners too much and its steering is refreshingly precise and undramatic. There is no vagueness when it comes to the way it handles, and my tester, even if it was powered by a diesel engine, had enough shove to nicely round out the sporty first impression it successfully makes.
2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Revealed with Tons of Go-Faster Tech
A Nürburgring lap time under the 8-minute mark is an impressive accomplishment, but posting that time in a top-heavy SUV is simply insane. However, that’s exactly what Mercedes-AMG just did with the 2020 GLC 63, claiming the title of fastest SUV in the world at The Green Hell.
Making it possible is a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, which is tuned to produce 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque in the top-trim GLC 63 S. Sixty mph arrives in an astonishing 3.6 seconds, just a few ticks off the 800-horsepower Hellcat Redeye. Top speed is rated at 174 mph.
Go for the base GLC 63, and you’ll get 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, which translates into a 3.8-second run to 60 mph and a top speed of 155 mph.
Managing the heft is an AMG Ride Control+ air suspension system with adaptive dampers, while AMG’s Performance 4Matic all-wheel drive system makes it grip. Output is routed through an AMG Speedshift nine-speed automatic transmission.
Outside, the GLC 63 twins get new styling with revised taillight and headlight housings, both of which come with LEDs, while a pair of trapezoidal tailpipes are found out back. Wheel sizing ranges up to 21 inches in diameter.
The cabin is covered in Nappa leather with yellow contrast stitching, and the infotainment system comes with the latest MBUX features, including the optional MBUX Interior Assistant.
Look for the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 at the 2019 New York International Auto Show this week, and in dealers later this year.
Video: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Vs. 2019 BMW X4
The luxury compact coupe SUV segment might sound rather niche, but it’s actually pretty well filled-out. Two of the biggest competitors in this space are the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe and 2019 BMW X4, both of which bring sleek styling and the best luxury bits that either brand can muster. But the question is this - which is better?
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Unveiled
Following hot on the heels of the reveal of the new GLC Class in Geneva, Mercedes just dropped its latest Coupe version, offering a sleeker roofline for the compact luxury SUV. Up front is the traditional diamond radiator grille, offered in either silver or black, while further chrome trim adorns the rest of the exterior. LED headlights and LED taillights help to illuminate the front and rear respectively.
Inside is a new multifunction steering wheel, while a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen are on deck. MB-Tex and leather can be found for the upholstery options. Tech features are offered through the latest MBUX infotainment system, which comes with standouts like onboard navigation, augmented reality features, and intelligent voice command. There’s also a bevy of assists, such as Active Steering, Active Distance Assist, and Active Brake Assist.
As for the oily bits, the GLC Coupe is offered with a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, 14 horsepower more than the current model. The sprint to 60 mph should take about 6 seconds. A high-powered AMG model is likely in the works as well.
Look for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe at the 2019 New York Auto Show in April, with an on-sale days sometime later this year. Pricing is so far unannounced, but expect it to slot in close to that of the current model’s MSRP of $47,300.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
Mercedes-Benz has pulled the covers off of the updated GLC-Class ahead of its world debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The premium compact crossover is on the receiving end of improved aesthetics and a fruit basket’s worth of new tech features. Mercedes has always touted the GLC-Class as a fresh gateway model to some of its more premium SUVs, and, for the most part, the updated model looks the part of one. Following its debut in Geneva, the GLC-Class will go on sale in Europe in the middle of the year. As for us in the U.S., you’ll have to wait a little longer as the crossover isn’t scheduled to hit our shores until the latter part of 2019.
Update 03/14/2019: We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the 2019 Mercedes GLC that we took during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of this page!
The 2020 Mercedes GLC Has Been Subtly Updated with the Brand’s Latest Style and Technology
Mercedes has given its
sized SUV, the GLC, its obligatory mid-lifecycle refresh in order to bring it in line with the rest of its model roster. It now has a new face, an updated interior, a new 2.0-liter turbo engine, mild hybrid technology, and some new safety technology too.
Can New Mercedes-Benz Commercial With Santa Make You Lease An SUV Or A Sedan?
I love nice and fun commercials. Especially from car companies, because well, I am a car guy. I will never forget the one about the BMW M5 E39 for example. YouTube it, it is worth it. While I still find the ones prepared for the NFL Superbowl superior to all others, let’s face it, we are greeted with ever nicer commercials for the most important days of the year - Black Friday, Christmas/New Year sales and that. Believe it, Thanksgiving is important, but I question is it as important as Black Friday?
Despite the importance, right now we are greeted with a really cool Mercedes-Benz Christmas commercial. Ok, it is not a Christmas commercial, but actually, a TV spot promoting their Winter Event that is heavily inspired by Christmas and New Year.
You Won’t Believe How Fast This Tuned Mercedes GLC 63 is!
The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe is one of the fastest, most powerful SUVs in Mercedes’ repertoire right now. But German tuner GAD Motors is ready to offer an insane version with almost twice the power over twice the torque. The bundle of insanity that comes out of GAD’s workshop is capable of eating miles down the Autobahn at over 186 mph seemingly effortless.
The GLC-Class is a compact luxury SUV; the jacked up brother of the C-Class sedan. It was launched back in 2015, and the most powerful variant is the AMG-tuned GLC 63 S. It comes with an aggressive aerodynamic package with extended bumpers, side skirts, and huge 20-inch wheels. There’s room for more, though, and GAD Motors is doing just that, exploring the limits of the coupe-bodied SUV to the point that it reaches 62 mph faster than a McLaren 675LT, a Porsche 991 911 GT3 or a Ferrari 488.
The 2019 Mercedes GLC 63 S Might Be Ugly but It’s Faster Than the AMG GT R
Remember the days when SUVs were slow mom mobiles? Not anymore, as the market is vying for sports car-like performance with the added ride height and proportions of a utility vehicle. The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S is a perfect case in point.
The GLC 63 S is the fastest GLC you can buy and, as such, it is one of the fastest SUVs in the compact luxury segment. What is more, the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8-powered behemoth can more than just stay with much sleeker sports cars it may encounter in traffic. Actually, this Coupe-styled SUV is faster to 60 mph than an AMG GT-R. Yes, we’ll let you give that another read if you don’t believe your eyes.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class L
The Mercedes GLC-Class L is joining the growing list of long-wheelbase SUVs that will be offered in the Chinese market. The extended SUV stretches almost five inches longer than its standard counterpart. Its size and the extra space provided by that size is the only thing different with the GLC-Class L. Everything else is identical to the normal length GLC-Class, right down to its exterior looks and interior layout. The Mercedes GLC-Class L debuts at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition in November.
Mercedes says it has improved the revised 2020 AMG GLC 63 4Matic+ in many ways, but it primarily focuses on the improvements it’s made to the vehicle’s handling dynamics brought about by a new standard-fit locking differential. The vehicle also has freshened up front and rear fascias and a revised interior complete with new tech. It can be had with gesture control and Mercedes’ latest MBUX infotainment interface complete with voice control for the first time.
The exterior styling changes bring the model in line with the rest of the Mercedes range thanks to revised light clusters front and rear. The top tier AMG GLC 63S now has special styling details to help set it apart from the non-S model. Overall, the makeover is subtle from a visual standpoint, but when you add up all the changes, the visual impact they have is actually quite substantial and they make the GLC shape look a good few years newer.
The automaker also wants buyers to know that its hot GLC is the only V-8-powered model in the segment. All rival brands offer models in the same price and performance brackets with six-cylinder engines and Mercedes may also go down the same path with the replacement for the GLC, expected to arrive around 2022. As such, this could be the last compact executive performance SUV with a V-8 ever, so it might already be a literal part of history.
The Mercedes GLC F-Cell is Actually a Viable Alternative to Gasoline-Powered Vehicles
After revealing the pre-production model at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, Mercedes has finally revealed all the details of the GLC F-Cell’s production versions before it starts handing out deliveries. The GLC F-Cell uses a unique plug-in hybrid setup combined with fuel-cell technology. As a result of this, the GLC F-Cell can run on both, electricity and hydrogen.
2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S by Brabus
Almost every year Brabus prepares a comprehensive set of improvements for a number of Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG vehicles. They usually present them at the Auto Shows in Geneva, Paris, or Frankfurt. This year, with the Paris Motor Show nearing, Brabus revealed its new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S. It is a small compact crossover with an insane 4.0-liter engine, now tricked out by Brabus. This car seems to be as close to contradictions as humanly possible. It is a family crossover (sensible at that), but with such a monstrosity under the bonnet, you’d feel threatened by it even if you drove in a Ferrari F430.
The Brabus Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S basically represents everything that is bad with the car market today, and then it represents everything that is awesome as well.
You know what? I don’t care if you have all the hate in the world for the SUV/Crossovers or whatever. This thing is awesome, and you will learn why here.
Visual Comparison: 2018 BMW X4 vs 2018 Mercedes GLC Coupe
BMW has high hopes for the X4 now that the new coupe-crossover has been unveiled. The new midsize model will now be tasked to compete against a bevy of rivals in its segment, none more important than the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe. An endless amount of debates should ensue now that both models are here. Which one performs better? Which one handles better? These questions are a few of the many that we can expect in the coming months. Those, and which of the two looks better. We’ll try to piece together what we can to answer that last question, though, off the bat, don’t blame us if we can’t arrive at a consensus. The BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe do look alike in a lot of ways.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe - Driven
Let’s get this out of the way up-front: I don’t “get” the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe or its cohort of other luxury-brand SUVs that have sporty, coupe-like rooflines. And I have not had the pleasure of driving most of the GLC 300 Coupe’s competition: sport-tinged SUVs like the BMW X4 and Porsche Macan come to mind.
These are intended to be more fashionable, driver-centric versions of their boxy-backed, taller SUV sisters. To that end, the GLC 300 Coupe was pretty fun to drive, as SUVs go. But it probably makes some cargo space and headroom sacrifices compared to the non-Coupe GLC 300. After all, as with fashionable clothing, sometimes it’s necessary to sacrifice comfort for vanity.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell
Man-made climate change is a hot topic and, regardless of your beliefs about the effect of man-made emissions on the global climate, it’s inevitable that the internal combustion engine will eventually be all but wiped out of existence. With various world governments committing to an all-out ban of non-electric vehicles, automakers aren’t slowing down the process either, with just about every major manufacturer having jumped on the alternative fuels wagon in one way or another in recent years. Mercedes, for example, is following Toyota’s lead and looking to hydrogen as a viable solution to combat emissions and has already proven its viability with cars like the B-Class F-CELL and the Citaro FuelCELL-Hybrid – two vehicles that have logged more than seven million miles in test runs. Now, Mercedes has introduced the GLC F-Cell, the world’s first plug-in fuel-cell vehicle. As such, the GLC F-Cell promises as much as 301 miles from just 9.7 pounds of hydrogen and the 13.8-kWh battery. And, it does so while producing around 200 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque– more than enough to get you up to speed.
With hydrogen availability expanding, that’s certainly good news, but we’re not there quite yet. Outside of the electric and hydrogen powertrain, the GLC F-Cell also sports its own unique look in comparison to the ICE-powered GLC-Class, so it will even stand out in the crowd. Now, it may not have that internal combustion engine or even the 241 horsepower afforded by the standard model’s 2.0-liter, but it will still please all of you purists out there as it does have all of the Mercedes DNA that you’ve come to love and find it impossible to live without. So, now that the GLC F-Cell has made its official debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show, let’s take a good look at it and see what it’s all about.
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Here’s Why Mercedes Is Doing the Right Thing with the Hydrogen GLC F-Cell
Hybrid and all-electric cars are slowly integrating among conventional production vehicles, but automakers still have some challenges to overcome. While hybrids are still relying on gasoline to work, electric cars still need better range and larger refill networks. Sure, we have quite a few capable EVs, like everything Tesla makes, the Chevy Bolt, and the new Nissan Leaf, but range can still be an issue in large countries and most continents outside the United States. But this is where Mercedes’ new solution, the hydrogen hybrid, comes in.
Unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the company’s latest F-Cell model is built around the GLC crossover, and it’s slated to go into production. And unlike other green attempts, this vehicle pairs plug-in battery power with hydrogen fuel cells for what could become the most sustainable zero-emissions solution. It’s not yet ready to hit dealerships, mostly because there’s no hydrogen infrastructure, but the Germans have a plan, and this project could become feasible in five to six years. So why do I think that hydrogen power is a better solution that electricity?
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Hybrid All The Things
In case you didn’t hear, Mercedes-Benz just released the world’s very first hybrid hydrogen car. Dubbed the GLC F-Cell, the technology involved is mighty impressive indeed – in addition to a traditional fuel cell power source, which converts hydrogen into electricity and water vapor, the GLC F-Cell comes equipped with a large plug-in lithium-ion battery pack that adds another 30 miles of all-electric range when fully charged. Working in concert, the two power sources aim to complement one another by offering both the quick-fill convenience of hydrogen with the long-range capabilities of a hybrid system. It makes a lot of sense, even if H2 power is still a longs ways off from widespread adoption, and given the industry-wide tendency towards ever-greater numbers of hybrid offerings, it got us thinking – is there anything that wouldn’t benefit from hybridization?
Naturally, given the association hybrids enjoy with green sensibilities, sports cars might seem like an odd segment for the application of hybrid technology – at least until you read up on the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder, and Ferrari LaFerrari. The Mercedes-AMG Project One is another, more-recent example of hybrid power used in the name of speed.
Indeed, hybrid systems seem to do just about everything better – they go farther, go faster, and go more efficiently, all good stuff. However, no technology is perfect, and these systems still have their disadvantages. For starters, they add weight, and a lot of it. Those batteries and electric motors aren’t exactly trivial when it comes to extra mass. Secondly, they add a good deal of complication as well, which means more stuff to break or go wrong, which can be a problem when shooting for affordability.
However, in terms of power performance and efficiency and greenness, hybrids are just better. And with more automakers throwing their hat into the hybrid ring, we can bet there will be significant advances in terms of weight reduction and simplification. Indeed, like early production turbocharged engines, hybrids are looking more and more like a panacea for many of the industry’s ills.
What do you think?
Mercedes Launches First Production Hydrogen Hybrid With GLC F-Cell
The latest crop of green alternative passenger vehicles is making the rounds at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, and Mercedes is getting in on the action with a brand-new hybrid SUV. It’s called the GLC F-Cell, and it’s touted as the world’s very first production-ready hydrogen hybrid vehicle. Flying the German automaker’s EQ Power banner, also known as the go-to branding for Merc’s various green solutions, the GLC F-Cell is essentially an SUV that combines plug-in all-electric battery power with hydrogen fuel cell power. The marriage of these two alternative power sources hopes to find a synergy whereby benefits are maximized and disadvantages are minimized, combining the quick refill times of hydrogen power and the long-range capability of electrified assistance, all without the traditional explodey dino juice normally associated with “typical” hybrid vehicles.
The new SUV is part of the latest Mercedes product strategy to produce 10 new battery-electric models by the year 2022. The GLC F-Cell is also a modern addition to the Mercedes CASE strategy, an acronym that stands for, Connected, Autonomous, Shared & Services, and Electric. And while the SUV has yet to show anything terribly noteworthy in terms of connected, autonomous, or sharing features, the novel hybrid stuff is more than worthy of the attention of anyone interested in powertrain technology development. Read on for the specs and details.
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TopSpeed’s Top 5 Physics-Defying Performance Crossovers And SUVs
Technology has a very strange habit of turning the impossible (or at the very least, the improbable) into reality. This is especially true in the automotive world, where seemingly contradictory attributes manage to find a happy middle ground with surprising regularity. Case in point – the performance crossover and SUV segment. Once a body style relegated to utility, the modern tall-bodied, cargo-tastic crossover or SUV can now be had with a heavy dose of speed as well, apparently defying the laws of physics with mammoth grip and absurd levels of power. These days, it doesn’t matter if a model is heavy and huge – add the right parts, and it’ll be quick as well.
It’s a combination that seems to be growing in popularity, with a nice assortment of options available across the market. As such, we’ve collected five of the best right here for your perusal. Each offers a decent amount of cargo space, high levels of luxury, and the option for performance as well, all for a price tag around $70,000 (give or take). Our picks look like this – BMW X3 M, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, Mercedes-AMG GLC63, Porsche Macan Turbo, and Land Rover Range Rover Sport. We’ve got the lowdown on each right here, so read on for more info. And don’t forget to post your favorite in the comments section below!
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TopSpeed’s Top 5 Luxury Compact Crossovers
When it comes to the U.S. automotive market, compact crossovers are cleaning up. The segment continues to see unprecedented growth, even with a huge variety of options already on offer. The appeal of the luxury compact crossover is multifaceted, mixing a “go anywhere, do anything” attitude with comfort and inherent driveability. Luxury compact crossovers are practical and spacious, without going overboard in terms of exterior dimensions, improving fuel efficiency and maneuverability over larger SUVs. Inside, there are amenities aplenty without breaking the bank, while the high seating position provides ample views of the road ahead. And while better suited for mall crawling rather than rock crawling, luxury compact crossovers still get that “off-roader” style, plus AWD when the weather turns sour. And of course, the extra room in the rear supports a range of lifestyles, whether its kid hauling for a family, or gear running for active outdoorsy activities. There are even performance options, if you’re into that kind of thing.
Boil it down, and the philosophy goes something like this – mix equal parts practicality, comfort, and road presence, then spread evenly on a tall-bodied package. But where to start? To help you navigate this seemingly bottomless sea of possibilities, we’ve collected facts and figures from five of the best entries in the segment, including the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace, and Mercedes-Benz GLC Class. Read on for the lowdown.
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2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63
The Mercedes GLC rolled onto the scene for the 2016 model year as a replacement for the aging GLK-Class. It took a good year, but Mercedes-AMG finally brought the GLC43, which was followed by the model you see here – the GLC63. Carrying the same general silhouette, the GLC63 brings its own unique styling cues that include the AMG grille, a more aggressive fascia, upgraded wheels and brakes, and an overall sportier appearance. But, it’s about a lot more than looks with AMG models, and that’s why the GLC63 comes with a 4.0-liter Biturbo V-8 crammed under the hood that’s good for 476 horsepower. But, if you step up to the GLC63 S you can have as much as 510 horsepower – that’s some serious power for a midsized SUV. This is the same engine that’s used in the AMG GT series and is backed by the 4MATIC+ AWD system, a limited-slip differential in the rear, air spring suspension, and adjustable dampers to help keep things from getting squirrely under the gun.
The order books for the new GLC63 and GLC63 S are already open with the official market launch slated for September of 2017. When it rolls into showrooms, it will be staring down the barrel of models like the Audi SQ5 and the BMW X3 (M40i trim.) Does it have what it takes to reign supreme in its segment and take its rightful place on the throne? Well, let’s dive on in and take a good look at it to find out for ourselves.
2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Edition 1
Mercedes-AMG has made a habit of releasing Edition 1 special editions to harken the arrival of a new model. The German automaker has done this for the better part of four years now and it looks like that trend is continuing with the arrival of the new AMG GLC 63 Edition 1. Like most of its predecessors, the AMG GLC Edition 1 stands out compared to its standard counterparts with a number of added bits to its exterior and interior, including some packages that come as standard that would otherwise be treated as extra options on the standard AMG GLC63.
Knowing Mercedes-AMG’s history with its Edition 1 models, the AMG GLC 63 Edition 1 will be dressed to the nines with these extra features. What you can’t expect though are any engine upgrades that lead to performance enhancements. None of the past Edition 1 models, be it under Mercedes or Mercedes-AMG, have received upgrades on this particular section of all the models. Not that it matters in this case because both the SUV and
SUV variants of the AMG GLC 63 already packs impressive power and performance credentials to go with a nine-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission, a 4Matic all-wheel-drive system with fully variable torque distribution, a rear axle differential lock, and enhanced braking system, among other notable features.
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2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Coupe
The GLC Coupe is a baby in Mercedes’ lineup, featuring a hatchback body with raised suspension to go with a 241-horsepower engine and all the luxury features one has come to expect from German vehicles. The GLC Coupe has barely started gracing showrooms, but the lineup is now complete with the GCL43 Coupe and the newly announced GLC63 and GLC63 S Coupe. Powered by an AMG, 4.0-liter V-8, you can stare down the competition with either 476 horsepower in standard form or 510 horsepower in S form. Keep in mind that this is the same engine used in the AMG GT family as is that prominent Panamericana grille that graces the nose of the beast. Add the motivation together with the grille and the more aggressive fascias, and you’ve got yourself the perfect mix of power, style, space, comfort, and agility all in one Germanly sexy package.
If there’s one thing we can be sure of, it’s that humans, as a species, are never happy with what they have and always want more. It’s the same reason brands like Microsoft and Sony can get away with producing a gaming system, then producing a “slimmer” model just a few years later. It’s also one of the reasons why your cell phone is outdated just a few months after you buy it – manufacturers know that you’ll be willing to pay again to get the next big thing.
Getting back on topic, that’s also why the world now has a handful of coupes that ride on SUV suspensions like the Mercedes GLC Coupe, the F-Pace, and the Porsche Macan – the latter of which both compete with the GLC Coupe in one way or another. And, despite there being a limited number of these coupe crossovers on the market, the competition is actually pretty stiff between the models that are available.
The Mercedes-AMG GLC63 is a pretty wild ride in its own regard, but the GLC63 Coupe pushes that performance and styling to a whole new level – one that’s synonymous with the other “63” models from the AMG world. So, let’s dive on in a take a look at AMG’s latest and greatest.
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2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 And GLC 63 Coupe Arrive With Healthy Turbo V-8 Power
Mercedes-AMG just dropped cover on the newGLC 63 and GLC 63 Coupe about a week before both vehicles were scheduled to appear in the metal at the New York International Auto Show. The mid-size SUV can be had in two separate flavors, including the 476-horsepower base model, or the 510-horsepower S model, both of which employ a double dose of turbo’d induction to make the go. Torque is rated at 479 pound-feet and 516 pound-feet, respectively.
Keeping it tight in the bends is a three-chamber air suspension system with adaptive components, including a four-link set-up in front and a multi-link set-up in the rear. Turns come courtesy of speed-sensitive steering.
Outside, you’ll find standard 19-inch wheels in a titanium grey finish, plus a new fascia with a grille AMG has dubbed Panamericana as a nod to the brand’s sports cars.
Inside, the pumped-up GLC’s get sport seating and leatherette upholstery, plus AMG-specific touches like badges and a performance gauge cluster.
Handling the cog swaps is an AMG Speedshift nine-speed automatic transmission, which feeds a rear-biased 4Matic+ high-performance AWD system. Big upgraded brakes are in place to make it stop.
Drivers will enjoy multiple drive modes, which affect numerous vehicle characteristics, including the sound it makes thanks to an active flap in the exhaust. Turn it up to enhance the aural enjoyment, or turn it down for a more appropriate note for whatever the situation may be.
Look for the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 and GLC 63 Coupe to premier next week in the Big Apple. Sales are scheduled for June, with a market launch in September.
2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe
We first laid eyes on what would be the Mercedes GLC Coupe when it unleashed its design concept at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show. A year later, the production version – one that was quite similar to the year-old concept – saw the light of day at the New York Auto Show. Right away, I filed the design off as precarious, as it’s one of those vehicles that doesn’t really fall into the car, crossover, or SUV categories. In short, it has a
like body with SUV underpinnings and a shoddy little four-cylinder that produces all of about 241 horsepower. Compared to its SUV counterpart, the standard GLC, the car was extremely similar with the biggest different between the two limited to a different roof line and different rear quarter windows. We knew it wouldn’t take long for a Mercedes-AMG branded variant to make its debut, and sure enough, six months later here we are looking at the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe.
When we originally reviewed the standard GLC Coupe, we pointed out that, at the time, the car had seen some wildly mixed opinions. To put it simply, it’s one of those vehicles that you either hate or love, with little to middle ground anywhere in sight. Comments left by some of you on our GLC Coupe review reflected this perfectly – some users saying things like it’s “not bad at all” while others say it is a “waste of money” or “please God, make them stop.” (Seriously, these comments are really there.) Apparently, sales were good enough to give it the AMG treatment, and maybe, just maybe, that 3.0-liter, Biturbo, V-6 with 362 ponies will help make the car more desirable.
According to Tobias Moers, the Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG, said, “The new GLC43 Coupe is characterized by a high level of agility and sporty driving dynamics. With its expressive design and high everyday practicality, the Coupe is able to appeal to new target audiences.” And, maybe it does, but let’s take a closer look at the GLC43 now that it has made its official debut and talk a little more about it.
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2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe Unveiled
Mercedes-AMG just dropped official details on the GLC43 Coupe, which seeks to combine supreme AMG-derived sportiness, with all the traditional benefits of a tall-bodied SUV.
Making the go is a 3.0-liter V-6 boosted by two turbos and AMG’s go-faster know-how, creating 362 horsepower with a firm push of the right pedal. Peak torque is rated at 384 pound-feet between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm. Peak boost is rated at 16 psi.
The all-important 0-to-60 mph run takes 4.8 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited at 130 mph.
Harnessing the power is an AMG-tuned 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission, which offers quicker shifts. This gearbox feeds all four wheels through Merc’s patented 4Matic AWD system, which is rear-biased, of course, with 69 percent of the torque heading to the tail. The transmission takes commands from steering wheel-mounted shift paddles as standard.
Keeping the heft in check is an AMG Sport Suspension using multi-chamber “Air Body Control,” offering adaptive damping. If you feel like playing off the pavement, you can raise the ride height with the push of a button.
More handling prowess is offered by way of speed-sensitive steering, while the brakes receive four-piston calipers in front, and single-piston calipers in the rear.
The whole shebang can be customized via a slew of driving modes.
Then there’s the coupe-like design, which is marked with all the requisite aggression you’d expect from an AMG product. The wheels are 20 inches in diameter, but 21-inch rollers are available. Pop the hood, and you’ll find the signature red aluminum engine cover.
Inside, you’ll find black upholstery with red contrast stitching, plus a 5.5-inch multifunction display to monitor vitals. There’s even a “Race Timer,” if you’re feeling frisky.
Look for the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe to make its official public debut at the Paris Motor Show on September 28th. U.S. availability is slated for the first quarter of next year.
Mother Gets Surprised With A New Car For Mother’s Day 2016: Video
It’s Mother’s Day, so it is only right that we do a little something to honor all the mothers out there. Every year a few lucky mothers are gifted what could be one of the best Mother’s Day gifts possible – a new car. And the best one we’ve seen so far this year was just posted a few days ago on SSSniperWolf’s Youtube channel.
Once you click play, it won’t take long before you learn that this mom isn’t a stranger to getting a car for Mother’s Day, but this year is a little different. This year, she was the lucky recipient of a brand new Mercedes GLC. Of course, she had to take delivery a little early because the dealer can only hold onto the car for so long, but that also helps up the surprise factor a bit for the unsuspecting mother.
The couple that made it possible actually went to a little bit of trouble to make the surprise work, with the man behind the camera getting dropped off beforehand to make sure the entire thing gets caught on camera. I won’t blow the whole video for you, but at first, it’s pretty clear the mother doesn’t even know what to say when she finds the registration in the glove box. With that said, go ahead and click play and to see how she reacts to her new wheels.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe
Back at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show, we saw the Mercedes GLC Coupe concept, which was designed as a preview of a future production model. Well, here we are a year later at the New York Auto Show, and we now have the production version of the GLC Coupe – essentially a coupe body with SUV suspension. The remarkable thing about the production model is that, aside from a few nips and tucks, it’s quite similar to the concept.
Gordon Wagner, the Head of Design for Daimler AG, said, “The GLC Coupe reflects our iconic Mercedes-Benz coupe design while symbolizing the diversity of our brand – it is both ’hot and cool’.” He continued, “With its design idiom of sensual purity, it perfectly embodies our styling philosophy while at the same time representing contemporary luxury.”
When the concept debuted last year, there were mixed opinions about it. Some said it was ugly, unpractical, and pointless, while others said it was beautiful and would be a welcomed addition to the Mercedes lineup. We’ll find out how well it’s publically accepted soon enough, but until then, let’s take a look at the GLC Coupe in production form and what it offers.
Updated 03/23/2016: Mercedes dropped the official details on the new GLC Coupe at the 2016 New York Auto Show.
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2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 4MATIC
With the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 starting out at $99,950, and the Mercedes-AMG GLA45 starting out at $49,580, Mercedes has had a huge gap in its AMG lineup. It’s asking a bit much to expect your customers to pay an extra $50,000 if they want an AMG-branded SUV that is larger than the GLA. Well, with the first quarter of 2016 coming to an end, Mercedes has decided to expand its lineup even further. And just today, it announced the Mercedes-AMG GLC43. Finally, a model to bridge that $50,000 gap.
Tobias Moers, the CEO of Mercedes-AMG, said, “With the new AMG GLC43 we are offering an AMG model in the mid-size SUV segment for the first time. The new SUV from Affalterbach marks the pinnacle of the GLC product range and in the AMG portfolio, it closes the gap between the GLA and GLE.”
As exciting as that news sounds, there is more to it than meets the eye. See here in the U.S., the GLC SUV has only been available with a 2.0-liter that produced a fair but unimpressive 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. With the addition of the GLC43, the GLC lineup finally receives a V-6 for the first time as well. Now that is certainly worth talking about, right? We think so, and that is what we’re here to do.
The new GLC43 will make its world debut later this month at the New York International Auto Show, with sales set to begin by the end of the year. So, until we can see it in the metal over in New York, let’s take a look at the official pre-release photos and information provided by Mercedes-AMG.
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2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Unveiled
Mercedes just can’t wait for next week’s New York International Auto Show. The German automaker already dropped details on several upcoming debuts, and now, it’s adding the
tuned GLC 43 to the list. This is the first mid-size SUV to come from the Affalterbach-based high-performance division, slotting between the GLA and GLE, and as you’d expect, it comes loaded with all sorts of go-faster goodies.
At the heart of the matter is a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 good for 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Up to 15 psi of boost is shoved into the cylinders, which come lined with the F1-derived Nanoslide friction-reducing coating. Handling the shifts is a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission, while a rear-biased 4Matic AWD system does the torque split.
When it’s all said and done, the AMG GLC 43 can hit 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and charge up to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
Making it turn is an adaptive air suspension and three-stage electronic stability. There’s also speed-sensitive steering with a variable ratio and variable power assistance. The brakes include 14.2-inch discs in front, 12.6-inch discs in back, with four-piston calipers all around. Finally, pilots will get five different driving modes to play with – “Eco,” “Comfort,” “Sport,” “Sport Plus,” and the customizable “Individual” mode.
As is tradition, AMG also had its way in the styling department, with aggressive bumpers, 20-inch wheels, and shiny exhaust tips. Most trim pieces are either chrome or high-gloss black, while the front splitter and intake fins are silver. More glossy black is available with the Night Package, and you can also opt for larger 21-inch wheels if so inclined.
Inside are sport seats with big bolsters, a leather-wrapped and flat-bottomed AMG steering wheel, and AMG-specific instrumentation with a 5.5-inch driver’s information display. Options include full leather upholstery, and several acres of carbon-fiber trim.
The 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 is scheduled to hit dealers by the end of the year.
Having just replaced the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK crossover with the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC (not yet available in the U.S. though), Mercedes-Benz had to redesign the line of Genuine Accessories it offers with just about any model to fit the overhauled exterior and interior of the new SUV. The package was revised just in time for the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, where the Germans showcased it on the Euro-spec GLC, which has already replaced the boxy GLK in dealerships across the continent.
As usual, the Genuine Accessories catalog includes numerous features that can be used to individualize a vehicle. Whether you want to create a unique model by combining visual-enhancing parts or to prepare it for a long vacation with additional storage boxes and racks, the Genuine Accessories program should have you covered. For an extra premium, of course.
Though these features will become available only in Europe for the time being, U.S. customers will also gain access to them once the GLC goes on sale in North America in 2016. Keep reading for a preview of things to come.
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In the beginning months of 2016, Tesla plans to release its all-electric, battery-powered SUV known as the 2016 Tesla Model X. So it’s no surprise that other automakers are already up to the electric SUV challenge. Kia has already launched the 2015 Kia Soul EV in the U.S, and Audi has confirmed that it will release the all-electric Q6 SUV by 2018. With Audi coming to the market, one might expect Mercedes to join the pack sooner than later, but that isn’t the case.
Dieter Zetsche – the Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Division – says that Tesla is too small for Mercedes to consider it a competitor, so Mercedes doesn’t have any serious plans to join the market right now. The bottom line is that Audi is still a few years out from releasing the 2017 Audi Q6 e-tron, and any word of BMW coming to the all-electric SUV market is purely speculation. Both companies are major competitors of Mercedes though, so if they do come to the plate and perform well, Mercedes might step up too. According to Zetsche, MB does find the idea of an all-electric SUV interesting and will be watching its competition. When the time comes, the decision to join the market will depend on what is best for the brand.
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With the crossover and SUV markets showing no signs of slowing down, neither is Mercedes-Benz. The automaker has already added the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA and introduced the revamped 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE and 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC class, and there are sportier coupe versions of the latter two coming out soon enough, but Mercedes has no plans of letting up. Although there doesn’t seem to be much breathing room for more crossovers or SUVs in the lineup, a Mercedes exec recently suggested that more are indeed on the way.
Talking to Australia’s CarAdvice, Daimler AG board member Thomas Weber hinted that more crossovers could be on the way, especially in the small-vehicle segments, although no specifics were given. The timeline for such additions probably won’t be until the next-generation of the current vehicles, so we’re looking at an expanded Mercedes crossover lineup that’s at least five to six years away. When all is said and done, Mercedes could be looking at as many as eight off-road-ready crossovers based on the A-Class platform (which underpins the GLA) alone.
As many niches as Mercedes has already filled, it’s hard to imagine the vehicles being planned, but it would be cool to see something along the line of a GLA Coupe and perhaps a two-door version of the GLC to go up against the Range Rover Evoque Coupe.
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Our photographers recently returned from a death-defying mission in Germany with images that give us our best look yet at the upcoming 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. As its name implies, it’s a four-door fastback coupe variant of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC compact SUV and will be positioned against the 2015 BMW X4. The GLC replaces the GLK and adheres to Merc’s new naming conventions.
Mercedes previewed the GLC Coupe earlier this year at the Shanghai Auto Show with the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV, and it appears to be a pretty good representation of what we see here. This pre-production test mule loses the AMG-esque concept’s deeper front fascia and larger wheels, but both will likely be available with higher trim levels. It also keeps that horizontal character line just below the side windows that accentuates the lower roofline.
Our snappers also tell us the GLC Coupe will get the same range of engines as the GLC, which likely means an entry-level 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder with 241 horsepower for the GLC300 Coupe and a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 for the GLC400 Coupe with 329 horsepower. A GLC250 Coupe Bluetec diesel model could also be available, as well as a GLC63 AMG with a 468-horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 if the demand is there.
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Along with Mercedes’ new naming strategy has come the introduction of one new product in the AMG Sport lineup and a renamed Mercedes-AMG sub-brand. Today, a new report out of Australia claims to have confirmation that the just-released 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class will get both AMG Sport and full-on AMG models.
Like the C-Class, the GLC-Class’ AMG Sport model will carry the “450” designation, making it the GLC 450 AMG Sport. The confirmation of this name comes directly from a person who may know a thing or two, Matthias Lührs, vice president of sales functions for Mercedes-Benz Cars.
Lührs continued by saying that the GLC 450 AMG Sport will likely use the same engine as the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport. This means it’ll come with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine that puts out 367 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque.
On top of the extra power, the GLC 450 AMG Sport will also feature 4MATIC all-wheel drive and some chassis updates to enhance its handling.
As for the full-on 2016 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63, Lührs was a little less forthcoming. He did mention that it’ll use AMG’s newest engine, the 4.0-liter biturbo V-8, but he failed to release its output. Chances are that it’ll produce output close to the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63, which puts out 476 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. He made no mention of a more powerful S model.
What’s more, the GLC 63 will be the first example of this 4.0-liter engine mated to an all-wheel-drive system. It should be interesting to see just how well it performs with this extra traction.
Look for both the GLC 450 AMG Sport and the GLC 63 to arrive in 2016, according to Lührs.
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Now 7 years old, the Mercedes-Benz GLK is getting ready to retire as the brand’s successful compact crossover and make way for the new GLC. The Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class may have sparked the current small premium crossover trend, but it’s time to say goodbye to this outdated model. As expected, Mercedes is replacing the GLK with an all-new compact crossover wearing the GLC-Class name, and that vehicle was finally revealed for the first time today.
Looking to create more continuity in its lineup, Mercedes-Benz is rebranding many of its products to align platforms with the compact C-Class and GLC-Class now more easily assimilated by name. Unlike other renamed vehicles like the GLS and SLC, though, the newly named GLC-Class is a complete redesign offering a more modern look with added comfort and advanced technology.
With the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class in place, the GLC-Class (just like the C-Class) was given some breathing room to grow a little since it is no longer the entry-level crossover of the CUV/SUV lineup, and this will show both in terms of its size and its price. When the 2016 Mercedes GLC-Class goes on sale in the U.S. this November, it will be larger, smarter and prettier than the current 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK, which should bode well for this model in an ever-growing segment.
Launched in the U.S. for the 2010 model year, the luxury crossover quickly became a sales success for Mercedes in the U.S. as deliveries continued to grow for five years in a row. In 2013, GLK annual sales surpassed the 30,000-unit mark, and hit 35,000 in 2014. With stiff competition from both BMW and Audi, Mercedes needs to take these numbers even higher and hopes the GLC will do just that. Will the new crossover have what it takes to push Mercedes up the ladder in this tough niche here in the States? We won’t find out until the GLC-Class hits the road later this year.
Updated 11/02/2015: The new Mercedes GLC went into production at the company’s plant in Beijing, China.
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The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC has been showing up in public quite often recently, but that’s far from strange given its official debut is scheduled a little more than a week from now, on June 17th. Last time we saw it, the crossover was wearing very little camouflage, with black tape covering only its bumpers and side panels. Now, a new video shows a fleet of barely camouflage prototypes, a sign that Mercedes-Benz is indeed ready to unveil the GLC to the world.
Even though the Germans removed nearly all of the camo, that’s not to say we have a lot more GLC to ogle at. The vehicle’s design ceased to be a mystery a long time ago, when we realized it’s a shrunken 2016 GLE or a C-Class Wagon on stilts. Making this video a lot more interesting is that it provides us with our first, uncamouflaged look at the GLC’s interior. Again, we knew the crossover would make use of the C-Class’ gorgeous cabin since late 2013, so all this footage does is confirm it with a clear shot. If you had any doubts, here it is folks: you’ll find more than 95 percent of the C-Class’ gorgeous interior in the GLC.
As you might have already guessed, the crossover will get the sedan’s engines as well, including the turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 in the AMG version. More details will become available when the GLC breaks cover later this month, so make sure you stick around for the full rundown.
With the new Mercedes-Benz GLC set to break cover on June 17th, it’s no wonder the Germans are elbows deep into testing the crossover. The GLC keeps showing up around the company’s largest testing facility near Stuttgart. Last week we received a new batch of spy shots from our trusty paparazzi, but now it’s time to watch the new crossover in action thanks to a video released by YouTube user "walkoART".
The one-minute footage shows not one, but two GLCs trotting around the Sindelfinden facility with mild camouflage still covering their bodies. The good news is the thin layers of camo Mercedes decided to keep on the vehicles can no longer prevent us from having a closer look at the GLC’s rounded, yet muscular body lines. This wouldn’t be a big deal if its predecessor were been less boxy, but the GLC is a massive departure in terms of design.
Moreover, one of the prototypes shown in the video wears a metallic, dark-red paint job, a breath of fresh air compared to the black and gray GLC prototypes we’ve seen so far. If you’re a Mercedes fan or you’re simply eager to see more of the GLC, this video has you covered.
As a brief reminder, the GLC is actually the second-generation GLK. Mercedes changed the crossover’s designation to better highlight the connection between vehicles sharing the same platform. In this case, the "C" in the GLC comes from the C-Class, the sedan equivalent of the compact crossover.
While the GLC Coupe Concept continues to draw attention as a production-ready preview of Mercedes’ upcoming competitor for the BMW X4, the standard GLC came out for yet another testing session ahead of its official debut on June 17, 2015. Now with a lot less camouflage covering its body and with all of the production parts in place, the GLC looks ready to hit the assembly line.
As you may already know, the GLC is actually a renamed second-generation GLK. Mercedes changed the crossover’s designation according to its new naming scheme, which aims to establish a better connection between vehicles sharing the same platform. In this case, the "C" in the GLC comes from the C-Class, the sedan equivalent of the compact crossover. And not surprisingly, the GLC’s exterior styling is heavily based on the C-Class’. Actually, the crossover’s appearance is similar to a 2015 C-Class Wagon, the major differences being the increased ride height, the added plastic cladding, and the shorter rear overhang and rear quarter glass.
The MRA architecture isn’t the only thing the GLC shares with the C-Class. The sedan will also get the sedan’s powerplants, including the bi-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 from the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 and the hybrid drivetrain from the 2016 C350e model. In the United States, the GLC will initially arrive with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 3.0-liter V-6 producing 241 and 329 turbocharged horses, respectively.
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Mercedes seems to be ramping up its SUV offerings both in China and throughout the rest of the world. Part of this push is with the new GLC Coupe, which debuted in concept form at the Shanghai Motor Show this month. While not quite ready for dealerships, the concept that bowed in Shanghai was “near-production-standard,” according to Thomas Weber, the Daimler AG board member in charge of R&D.
The new GLC is expected to have an available hybrid drivetrain, permanent 4MATIC AWD, and sufficient off-road capabilities. Some of the concept’s features, such as the diagonal double exhaust pipes, will most likely be excluded in the future: “Such details will not make it into production,” said Eberhard Kelz, chief engineer of the new GLC. “But underneath the CFRP body, there already is the real thing.”
Delivery dates are currently unannounced, as Weber stated that “first of all there will be the world premiere for the GLC (in June), followed by the GLS,” as reported by The Detroit Bureau. “The GLE Coupe, that was unveiled in Detroit, will arrive on the market this fall. In China, the year 2015 is the year of the goat, but for us it will be the year of the SUV.”
Weber went on to say that SUVs account for 26 percent of all car sales worldwide, a figure that Mercedes expects to rise in the future. In the meantime, the German automaker is busy solidifying its position in China. Mercedes added 100 new dealerships and sold 270,000 units in 2014, a 28 percent increase over the previous year. This year, Mercedes expects to add an additional 50 dealerships and sell more than 300,000 units.
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Just a couple of months away from the model’s official unveiling, pre-production prototypes of the Mercedes-Benz GLC are still being tested around the world. A camouflaged prototype was recently spotted on a German highway near Stuttgart, Mercedes’ home ground. While the model has a lot of body camouflage, its overall appearance can be deduced quite easily, especially when it comes to its rear and side design. The boxy look of its predecessor is history, as the GLC will use the same design language as the newest Mercedes-Benz models, its overall appearance being similar to a C-Class Wagon on stilts.
As some of you already know, the GLC is actually the second generation of the GLK crossover, but Mercedes-Benz has opted to change its designation to make its platform connection with the C-Class more obvious. Unlike the GLK, the new GLC will be available with both left- and right-hand drive, as the model will be based on the more flexible MRA (Modular Rear-wheel drive Architecture) platform.
The same powerplants found in the new C-Class will make their way into the GLC, including the twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter, V-8 engine from the Mercedes-AMG C63. A plug-in hybrid version should arrive in 2016, powered by the same drivetrain as the new C350 e. The GLC is expected to be unveiled sometime in July, while the first public appearance will probably take place at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, in September. A four-door coupe version of the GLC was recently confirmed as well, but we won’t be seeing it until the end of 2016 at the earliest.
Mercedes-Benz is getting ready to kick off a major push toward plug-in hybrid vehicles, starting with the S-Class and C-Class sedans later this year, and those will eventually be followed by crossovers, including plug-in versions of the GLE-Class (formerly the M-Class) and the 2016 GLC-Class. As a recap, the upcoming GLC-Class is the next-gen version of the GLK, with a new name to better fit with Mercedes’ always-expanding model lineup.
The plug-in version of this crossover will likely be the GLC350 Plug-In, following the same nomenclature as the C350 Plug-In it is based on, that will hit dealers this fall. Around the same time that the plug-in C-Class sedan goes on sale, the standard version of the 2016 GLC-Class will make its official debut (most likely at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show,) but don’t expect to see the plug-in hybrid model until early next year.
With the current styling of most Mercedes-Benz products, and knowing some of the details behind the C350 Plug-In that debuted last month at the Detroit Auto Show, it doesn’t take much guesswork to envision what type of vehicle the 2016 Mercedes GLC350 Plug-In will be.
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Mercedes-Benz is planning some pretty major updates to the entirety of its product line. In a bid to fill every nook and cranny of the luxury auto market with some form of the three-pointed star, the company recently announced its intention to release eleven all-new models over the course of the next five years, which is in addition to ten new plug-in hybrids scheduled for release in the next three years.
To help sort through the glut of new cars, Mercedes has come up with a fresh nomenclature system that will be applied to all upcoming releases going into 2015. This system differentiates between vehicles via one to three upper case letters, which designate the car type (“GL” for SUVs/off-roaders, “CL” for four-door coupes, “SL” for roadsters, etc.) and core model series (A, E, S, etc.), plus lower case letters for the drive system (“d” for diesel, “h” for hybrid, etc.).
With this information in hand, we can breakdown the future model lineup with relative confidence, filling in the gaps as we go.
What new models will we see coming from Mercedes? Read on to find out.
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