Mercedes-Benz GLC First Look

In the crowded SUV market, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC seems like a choice nobody can make a mistake with. For those who prefer a luxurious cabin, strong performance and lots of practicality, this SUV brings all of that and then some. In general, the new GLC looks like an enlarged C-Class, which means it will feature a nice blend of sedan luxury and SUV ruggedness and practicality. While the previous GLC was already one of the top crossover SUVs on the market, the newest edition seems poised to take a step further. Thanks to a new powertrain and various design and performance enhancements, this model will surely prove a tough opponent to the other models.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC front

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC – Smooth Lines and Curves

On the first sight, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC looks much bigger than the previous model. However, these first looks are somewhat deceiving. While the new SUV is slightly larger than the old one, it appears much bigger due to a number of design choices. Its design is now much more solid and substantial, without looking unwieldy or oversized. While the previous models had a more pronounced crisp-edge styling, the 2018 GLC will have somewhat less distinctive smooth lines and curves. Regardless of this design choice, this SUV will certainly look very attractive, thanks to a smart implementation of the S-Class’ design philosophy. Its roofline looks more aggressive and sloped, while the new headlights look more sporty and sleek. Among other things, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC will also feature new 20-inch wheels and a subtly redesigned front grille.

Inside Features and Tech

As we have already seen, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC will be larger than the GLK from the previous year. This enlargement will nicely translate into a bigger cabin, as well, which will provide much more room, for both the passengers and the cargo. The driver and the passengers can expect significantly more legroom and shoulder room, while the cargo space is increased by almost 20%. Aside from providing more room, the new GLC will also provide more comfort, as well. It comes equipped with new, leather seats, which are fully adjustable and come with heating and memory options.

The dashboard of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC has seen little changes, however, the central console and the glove box are a bit bigger. When it comes to the tech equipment, the latest SUV from Mercedes will offer a plethora of options. These will include a slew of driver assistance systems, a COMAND navigation system, an 8.4-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone app integration and more.

Engine Specs and Performance

For the power, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC will rely on two powertrain options. The standard model will use a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine. This engine will produce 241 hp and 273 lb-ft. It will propel the SUV from 0 to 62 mph in 6.2 seconds, while its EPA rating is rated at 24 mpg combined. The premium variant will use a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine, with 362 hp and 384 lb-ft. Both engines will come with a 9-speed automatic transmission and a rear wheel or all-wheel drive.

Release Date and Price

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC will hit the car stores by the end of spring 2018. The price for the basic variant will start at $40.000, while the more powerful model will most likely sell for no less than $56.000. Its main competitors will be Audi Q5, Lexus RX 350, Volvo XC60 and others.

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