Compared to the GLK it replaces, the all-new GLC adopts a more youthful curvaceous design meant to replace the aging blocky appearance. Aside from getting an entirely different styling, the new model is 118 mm longer and weighs 80 kg less thanks to a clever combination of materials such as high- and ultra-high-strength steels as well as aluminum.
Basically a crossover version of the C-Class W205, the overhauled GLC will be available at an additional cost with AMG and Off-road styling packages while the interior cabin is clearly carried over from the sedan, but that is not necessarily a bad thing as the standard C-Class has one of the most appealing cabins in the premium compact segment.
Since we mentioned the interior, it is important to point out that customers will be able to opt for wood or carbon fiber trims, a panoramic glass roof, 7- or 8.4-inch displays for the infotainment system, along with a plethora of upholsteries such as fabric, DINAMICA, ARTICO, leather and Nappa leather.
The increased proportions of the crossover means that it’s more spacious inside the cabin where all passengers get to enjoy additional headroom, legroom and knee room. As far as the trunk is concerned, it can store up to 580 liters and if this isn’t enough you can fold down the rear seats to increase total capacity to a whopping 1,600 liters.
Upon launch, the Mercedes GLC will be available in four versions, starting with a GLC 220d 4MATIC offering 170 bhp and 400 Nm of torque. A beefier diesel version is the GLC 250d 4MATIC with 204 bhp and 500 Nm while on the gasoline side we find the GLC 250 4MATIC rated at 211 bhp and 350 Nm. There’s also a GLC 350e 4MATIC plug-in hybrid which combines a 211 bhp gasoline engine with a 116 bhp electric motor. This one sprints to 100 kmph in 5.9 seconds and tops out at 235 kmph while in electric range it can travel for up to 34 km.
The Mercedes GLC compact crossover will go on sale in India most likely in the first half of 2016.