When the Mercedes GLC was unveiled by the carmaker, they said it was a big step forward for the firm for many reasons.
This is the second generation of what was known as the GL Class and it is an all-round impressive offering.
The Mercedes GLC is packed with safety equipment including safety assistance systems as well as impressive fuel efficiency.
Indeed, Mercedes says that it has cut fuel consumption by nearly 20% compared to the previous model.
Comfort is underlined by the body control air suspension system and there’s also dynamic selectable transmission modes to help deliver the driving experience the driver is looking for.
All-wheel drive in the Mercedes GLC
The Mercedes GLC also has permanent all-wheel drive to help boost its sporting agility and help improve grip, regardless of the terrain.
While there are some styling cues from the original, the Mercedes GLC manages to set itself apart in distinctive fashion.
Even though many owners will not be doing so, as a mid-size SUV the GLC’s offloading capabilities are impressive.
Mercedes is offering the new model in three variants including one that is optimised for off-road use – it has a larger angle of approach and departure.
There’s also an AMG variant and the base version.
Mercedes GLC interior has been redesigned
The interior is also larger with a complete redesign with premium feel materials.
There’s also an optional panoramic glass roof which boosts the airy and light feeling in the cabin.
Mercedes is particularly pleased with the new dashboard and the centre console which has an impressive touchscreen that uses finger controls – essentially it is similar to using a smartphone function.
The Mercedes GLC 220d 4Matic should return around 56 mpg while having CO2 emissions of 129g/km. The engine’s power output is 170 HP.
Among the new kit for the Mercedes GLC is a head-up display which will display the vehicle’s information onto the windscreen in front of the driver.
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This display will provide information on the vehicle speed, the road speed limits, satnav instructions and any messages from the car’s Distronic system.
The list of safety equipment is long and impressive and includes collision prevention assist, crosswind assist while the driver assistance package includes things like steering assist and pre-safe braking to help avoid rear-end collisions.
The GLC is ready for ordering now and first deliveries are expected later this year with prices expected to start at just under £35,000.