Facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLC brings new engines and tech

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Mid-life replace for BMW X3 rival will get new mild-hybrid petrol models and diesels, and will probably be on show on the Geneva motor present

Mercedes-Benz has upgraded its strong-selling GLC three years after the SUV joined its line-up as a successor to the GLK.

Set to make its public debut at subsequent week’s Geneva motor present previous to a deliberate UK introduction in the summertime, the 2019-model-year GLC good points numerous delicate exterior styling tweaks, together with reshaped bumpers, an altered grille, revised LED headlamps and hind lights in addition to a brand new vary of alloy wheels.

It additionally comes with a brand new AMG Line styling package deal boasting a singular diamond sample grille insert, altered entrance bumper, rectangular chromed tailpipes and the selection of both customary 19- or optionally available 20-inch wheels.

Inside, the 2019 GLC retains the identical acquainted dashboard design as immediately’s mannequin however incorporates new trim parts and numerous up to date capabilities as a part of the adoption of the model’s new MBUX person interface system.

Included is a brand new multi-function steering wheel in considered one of two designs, each that includes small contact pads with horizontal spokes. Moreover, there’s a new 12.Three-in digital instrument show and the selection of both a regular 7.Zero-inch or optionally available 10.Three-inch separate infotainment show – the latter now that includes contact management. 

The rotary controller between the entrance seats has been changed by a bigger contact management pad, whereas voice and gesture management now additionally comes as an possibility. For the primary time, there’s additionally a regular keyless entry and begin perform and optionally available smartphone charging pad. As soon as once more, the AMG Line provides a touch of sportiness, with sport seats and different AMG design prospers.

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As a part of an prolonged vary of driver help programs, the brand new GLC may be order with Mercedes-Benz’s Lively Distance Help Distronic, which displays pace and adjusts it by way of computerized braking forward of bends or junctions.

Accompanying the outside, inside and tools upgrades is a brand new vary of longitudinally-mounted engines – all boasting energy good points and emissions reductions. They embody a petrol-electric delicate hybrid unit in two states of tune and a standard diesel providing three totally different energy outputs.

The delicate hybrid driveline relies round Mercedes-Benz’s turbocharged 2.Zero-litre four-cylinder M264 unit, which joins the GLC as a substitute for the older M274 unit, delivering 194bhp and 206lb ft within the GLC200 4Matic and 254bhp and 273lb ft within the GLC300 4Matic.

As a part of Mercedes-Benz’s EQ Enhance initiative, the combustion engine within the new petrol-powered GLC fashions is mixed with a belt pushed starter motor and 48-volt electrical system offering a further 13bhp and 111lb ft at engines speeds as much as 2500rpm, ramping up the general reserves of the GLC200 4Matic to 207bhp and 317lb ft and the GLC300 4Matic to 267bhp and 384lb ft.

The diesel fashions undertake the model’s newest turbocharged 2.Zero-litre four-cylinder engine, the OM654. It replaces the older OM651 unit, with 161bhp and 265lb ft within the GLC200d 4Matic, 191bhp and 295lb ft within the GLC220d 4Matic and 242bhp and 369lb ft within the GLC300d 4Matic.

The preliminary drivelines are mated to a nine-speed torque converter computerized gearbox and a newly developed 4Matic four-wheel drive system claimed to supply added off-road capability. The motive force can select between 5 driving modes as a part of a GLC’s new Dynamic Choose system, together with Eco, Consolation, Sport, Sport+ and Particular person. An optionally available Off-Highway Engineering package deal additionally brings extra Off-road and Off-road+ modes.

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With the mid-life replace, the GLC additionally receives Mercedes-Benz’s Dynamic Physique Management suspension with adjustable dampers for the primary time. It may be mixed with a sport steering system for extra direct traits.Additionally new to the GLC is an optionally available Trailer Monitoring Help.  

Mercedes-Benz is but to cite any efficiency claims for the facelifted GLC, however claims a mixed NEDC consumption determine of 39.8mpg for the GLC200 4Matic and 54.3mpg for the GLC200d, offering them with respective CO2 emissions of 161g/km and 137g/km.

Different engines are deliberate to be added to the facelifted GLC later this yr, together with a reworked model of the prevailing GLC43’s turbocharged V6 petrol engine with an added 23bhp, as much as 385bhp, however the identical 383lb ft of torque.

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