2016 Mercedes GLC-Class

Exterior

The brand new 2016 Mercedes GLC-Class looks like a small
variant of the not-so-long-ago released 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class. Its
sophisticated and modern design contributes to better
aerodynamics.

In comparison to the GLK, the GLC is 4.7” longer, 2.0” wider,
and 0.3” taller. The wheelbase is stretched by 4.6”, whereas
the tracks are up by 1.9” in front and 0.8” in back.

At the front, the GLC introduces a two-slat grille flanking a
prominent three-pointed star and the headlights can be
optionally lit by LEDs. At the body sides, arching roofline,
and rear three-quarter views are inspired by other Benzes but
also combined with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the
Acura RDX, and the Porsche Macan. The drag coefficient is
reduced through an extended rear spoiler, active grille
shutters, and other aero tuning.

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2016 Mercedes GLC Interior

Again, in comparison to the GLK, the new  Mercedes
GLC-Class  2016 is quite distinguishable. On the inside,
it is reminiscent of other current Mercedes SUVs and
crossovers, in terms of three-spoke steering wheel and the
wide, angled center stack equipped with a large infotainment
screen.

Due to the stretched wheelbase, the interior of the GLC now
offers more space for occupants with an extra 2.2” of rear seat
space.

The bigger dimensions also helped open up precious cargo space
with the new GLC now providing 20.5 ft3 of cargo
space with the rear seats in place and up to 56.5
ft3 with the rear seats folded flat.

Interior features available with the new GLC’s standard are
multicolor ambient lighting, fragrance atomization, a heated
steering wheel, heated rear seats, a head-up display, a
panoramic sunroof, an active parking system with steering
assist, a 360-degree parking camera with front- and rear
cross-path visualization, radar cruise control with
semiautonomous steering, and a tailgate that can be open by
waving foot under the bumper.

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Engine specs and performance

The U.S.-spec 2016 GLC-Class will be released with just one
engine under the hood – the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
with delivering 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.
This engine will also be used in the GLC300 and the GLC300
4MATIC. It is mated to the 9-speed 9GTronic automatic
transmission. However, Mercedes has announced more drivetrain
options for down the road. The U.S. versions will come standard
with a rear-drive, having all-wheel drive as an option.

In Europe, the vehicle will be available as the gas-powered
GLC250 (putting out 211 horsepower), diesel-powered GLC220d
(with an output of 170 horsepower) and GLC250d (delivering 204
horsepower) and the Mercedes GLC350e plug-in hybrid (327
horsepower). The European models come standard with Mercedes’
4Matic all-wheel-drive system.

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2016 Mercedes GLC350e plug-in hybrid

Price and release date

The 2016 Mercedes GLC should be released in November this year,
but the pricing has not yet been announced, it is estimated
that the basic version cost about $ 40,000, when it appears the
AMG version will exceed the $ 60,000. The price of course
should not stray too far from the GLK’s pricing (starting at
$37,900).

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