Mercedes-Benz on Tuesday unveiled the first details of a newly designed GLC-class that is currently in operation.
The third-generation prototypes of Mercedes’ small SUVs have been in the public eye for more than a year, and Mercedes has recently completed its final cold-weather tests. Sales have been confirmed to start in 2023.
The new GLC-Class is built on the same platform as the redesigned 2022 C-Class, although a version designed specifically for high-riding models. It is an updated version of Mercedes’ MHA (Modular High Architecture) platform that underpins the outgoing GLC-class, which saves significant weight primarily through the increased use of aluminum over steel. According to the automaker, the updates make the new GLC-Class the most dynamic SUV in Mercedes.
2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC-class prototype
Here in the United States the standard powertrain will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 and light-hybrid technology. The engine itself will deliver 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, a motor-generator capable of adding 23 hp and 147 lb-ft, as well as recovering power under braking. The hybrid configuration also comes with more powerful AMG options, including a 4-cylinder engine. This will again include a GLC 43 and GLC 63 A GLC-class coupe body style should also come
Inside the cabin, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster driver will be welcomed as standard. It will be paired with an 11.9-inch screen in the center stack that will serve as the hub for a second-generation version of Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system. Other new technologies, standard or available, include Matrix LED headlights with projection function, which displays house numbers on navigation and also offers augmented reality, and a special off-road menu with drive mode that offers transparent hood technology. It uses a car-around-view camera system to film the front of the car and then display a virtual representation of the driving lane based on the current steering angle on the central display.
Mercedes will also create the latest suite of electronic driver-aided features in the new GLC-class. According to the automaker, some of these will be able to respond to impending collisions according to the demands of the situation. There will also be a feature to help you stay in your lane at speeds of up to 130 miles per hour, as well as a feature that will respond to stationary vehicles at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. The traffic sign recognition system has also been updated to recognize more types of signs, including overhead structures and construction zones, while automated parking systems provide better, more intuitive support thanks to improved sensors.