In the beginning, just over a decade ago, there was the Mercedes GLK. Jthen, in 2015, came the GLC, a luxury compact SUV for a world that was very receptive to them. Now a third generation of the GLC is coming, Mercedes released the first images of it on Tuesday.
mercedes noted that the third-generation GLC will arrive here for the 2023 model year, and will be hybrid in every trim, with the choice of a plug-in car that gets up to 62 miles of all-electric range, according to Automotive News, or a mild hybrid or diesel hybrid in some markets. Mercedes says it has been developing the car for around four years and testing it everywhere from China to Sweden. It is based on the same basic architecture as the C-Class, in its fifth generation since 2021.
For now, Mercedes isn’t eager to talk about the powertrain, as this car is meant for anything that’s the opposite of a racetrack. In place, in his exitMercedes highlights the new GLC’s driver assistance systems, and all its digital things, incremental improvements on what’s already quite a sophisticated machine.
- On all types of roads – motorways, country roads or in town – Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC can automatically maintain a pre-set distance to vehicles ahead. A new feature is response to stationary vehicles on the road at speeds of up to 60 mph (previously: 37 mph).
- Active Steering Assist helps the driver stay in the lane at speeds up to 210 km/h. New features include additional lane detection with the 360° camera, forming an emergency lane especially at low speeds, significantly improved availability and performance when cornering on country roads and better lane centering on motorways.
- The Traffic Sign Assist not only detects conventionally posted speed limits, but also signs on overhead structures and in construction zones. Even conditional instructions (i.e. “slippery when wet”) are recognized by the evaluation of all on-board sensors. New comes in the form of warnings against driving through stop signs and red lights (as part of the driver assistance package).
- Intelligent parking systems support the driver when manoeuvring. Thanks to improved surround sensors, the parking systems offer the driver even better support when maneuvering at low speeds. Operation is faster and more intuitive thanks to integration into MBUX. The emergency braking functions also serve to protect other road users.
- New generation of three-spoke steering wheel and redesigned control panels with Touch Controls to control navigation, telephone or entertainment, as well as optional cruise control or proximity control
- Like the S-Class and C-Class, the new GLC comes with the second generation of the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system. The interior has thus become even more digital and intelligent. The system is intuitive to use and capable of learning, and it also offers functions such as Smart Home and music streaming. MBUX can be easily controlled with the adaptive voice assistant “Hey Mercedes”.
- MBUX with, among other things, augmented reality (additional information such as house numbers are virtually superimposed on the video image of the environment on the central display, traffic lights are also displayed) and a special Off menu -Road.
- Also new is the optional transparent bonnet, which is part of the 360° camera, which, when the off-road driving program is selected, shows the real view of the ground below the front, combined with a virtual representation of the driving lane based on the current steering angle, in the center display.
Mercedes says it has delivered more than 2.5 million GLCs and GLKs since the car was released in 2008, and has driven more than 11 million kilometers to test the new one. Mercedes hasn’t said if there might be an all-electric version, but probably not just yetgiven the existence of the EQC who is not coming to the United States anywaybecause Mercedes knows what Americans want.