Mercedes-Benz GLC set to compete against new BMW X1

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 3, 2011

This image of Mercedes-Benz’s new junior SUV, known internally as the GLC, shows the carmaker’s love for controversial design. This model, which is scheduled to go on sale in 2013, will rival the new BMW X1. The GLC forms part of a broad range of new models that feature Mercedes’ flexible new MFA (modular front architecture) platform.

These models include the replacements for the current second-generation A-class and first-generation B-class, along with a new price-leading four-door coupé-like saloon that will be badged CLC. There may also be an upcoming estate dubbed the CLT. The GLC is styled at Mercedes’ main Sindelfingen studio in Germany, according to Autocar.

Instead of the rugged look of the larger GLK, the GLC has a highly contemporary design that makes use of ideas that were first seen on the BlueZero concept, but this time, they’re on a more defined two-box body.

Its major styling features include Mercedes’ new, softer grille treatment, angular headlamps, bulbous wheel arches, scalpel-sharp feature lines down its flanks, a kicked-up waistline and a hatchback-like rear end.

Its overall look is similar to the third-generation A-class and second-generation B-class that also have taut surfacing and heavy creases. The GLC has the same platform as the new B-class, a version of the MFA that has been designed to support both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive.

The SUV, which is distinctive with its short succinct overhang, vertical 3-dimensional radiator grill with double louvre, and brand star positioned at the center, have the same winning design line. Eye-catching headlamps, available as LED High Perfomance lamps as an option, give the GLC a more confident look and is highlighted even more by their unique night design.

The bumpers and included underguard are available in three variants: there is the base version, the version optimized for use at rough roads with a wider angle of approach/departure, and a sporty AMG variant. From the side, viewers see the nearly coupé-like greenhouse.

This and the 118 mm larger wheelbase give a long, elegant look to the GLC. This impression is further emphasized by the strong shoulders and the slightly inclined dropping line, which is the brand’s trademark. Just the same, the subtly sloping dropping line emphasizes this impression.

The cladding in the wings has a matte black finish. In addition, its wheels could go as big as 50.8 cm or 20 inches. These as well as its side running board, which comes as an option, clearly indicate the GLC’s capability to go off-road. It is typical for the rear to come with broad, strong shoulders, horizontal direction of contour lines plus the split LED rear lamps presenting a unique night design.

When it comes to the fascia, the bumper comes in different variants. When all the antennae are integrated into the outer mirrors and roof spoiler, it can manage without the fin, which was included on the roof. The fundamental change in the field of design does not only have an effect on the outer appearance. It also signifies a distinct improvement in the interior. A modern setting, which keeps up with the standards set by the bigger GLE, is prevalent.

The latest design combines sensual purity with a sporty look as well as exemplifies a fresh, new version of modern luxury. The interior of the GLC invokes a feel-good atmosphere, which is the trademark of the brand, owing to its classy materials featuring open-pore wood trim or nappa leather, painstakingly finished details, as well as an aesthetically appealing touch and feel.

Last of all, there is considerably more space to accommodate occupants and luggage. The large panoramic glass roof, which comes as an option, brightens up the interior and gives it a more airy feel.

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