2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC replaces the GLK with a brand new face

Article by Andrew Christian, on June 17, 2015

A new chapter was written today by Daimler as the German company unveiled its all-new 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC a.k.a. the second generation of its mid-size SUV which was renamed from GLK to GLC. As expected, the new design is based on the GLC Concept which was unveiled earlier this year, while the front end follows the same design line as the smaller C-Class.

The vehicle features a three-dimensional radiator grille with a twin lover and centrally positioned brand star and stylish headlamps with LED High Performance lamps available as an option. Seen from the side, the GLC features a gently sloping dropping line and matte black cladding in the wings. The rear end gets redesigned taillights, muscular shoulders and a stylish roof spoiler.

As you can see, there is no rear antenna as all the antennae were integrated into the exterior mirrors and the roof spoiler. The new design helps the GLC achieve a Cd value of 0.31 (GLK 0.34). Meanwhile, the total weight has been cut by 176 pounds (80 kg). The interior was redesigned too and is inspired by the smaller C-Class.

We can see the high-class materials such as nappa leather or open-pore wood trim, more space for occupants and luggage as well as an optional large-area panoramic glass roof. The dashboard and center console perform an elegant sweep from the center air vents to the armrest, while the new touchpad in the handrest permits letters, numbers and special characters to be entered in handwriting.

In the United States, Mercedes-Benz will offer the GLC 300 and GLC 300 4Matic models, powered by a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine producing 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. These models are offered as standard with the 9-speed 9G Tronic automatic transmissions. What’s more interesting is that the GLC features the Agility Control suspension with steel springs and a variable damping system as standard.

As an option, Mercedes-Benz offers the aluminium-look running boards with rubber studs, LED Intelligent Light System, EASY-PACK tailgate with HANDS-FREE ACCESS.

Also as an option is the Night Package, which includes exterior mirror housings and front and rear underguards in high-gloss black, window frames in a polished black finish, roof rails in matte black, 19-inch (48.3 cm)/optionally 20-inch (50.8 cm) wheels, heat-insulating dark-tinted glass from the B-pillar rearwards and chrome louvers in the radiator grille

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