Is This the Next Mercedes-Benz GLC Hiding behind the New C-Class?
BY CONNOR HOFFMAN | CarAndDriver.Com FEB 23, 2021
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Mercedes appeared to tease the second-generation GLC-class SUV, which is based on the C-class, during the new sedan’s reveal.
– Mercedes-Benz teased a silhouette image of a new GLC-class SUV sitting behind the new 2022 C-class sedan.
– The second-generation GLC-class will share its mechanicals with the new C-class, meaning it’ll be powered by a new hybrid four-cylinder.
– We should learn more about the new GLC by the end of the year, and pricing should remain in the mid-$40,000 range.
The Mercedes-Benz C-class sedan just received an upscale redesign, and its GLC-class SUV counterpart will follow soon. Mercedes hinted at the small SUV’s new generation, shown sitting behind this photo of the 2022 C-class sedan’s side profile. The new C-class-based SUV should arrive by the end of the year to increase the competition against other small luxury German SUVs such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Porsche Macan.
The current-generation GLC (pictured above) replaced the GLK-class for the 2016 model year, and since then we’ve seen subtle changes to its exterior, new infotainment tech, and the addition of a new base turbo four-cylinder borrowed from the C-class sedan. The GLC-class is Mercedes’s top-selling car in the U.S., and the new model is likely to continue the small SUV’s success in the States. If it looks anything like the new C-class, which it should, it’ll be sharper and more aggressive than its predecessor.
It’ll share its mechanicals with the recently unveiled C-class sedan, meaning the base GLC300 model will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with a 48-volt hybrid system making 255 horsepower. Rear-wheel drive will be standard, with Mercedes’s 4Matic all-wheel-drive system available. Of course, we should see higher-performance models from AMG, too, though they’re expected to replace the existing eight- and six-cylinder engines with a more powerful hybrid four and to add fastback coupe variants.
The C-class’s new 11.9-inch central display (pictured above), which looks similar to the S-class’s 12.8-inch screen, should find its way inside the GLC-class along with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. It’ll be slightly larger than the current model’s standard 10.3-inch touchscreen, and the rest of the 2022 C-class’s upscale new interior should carry over onto the GLC.
We should know more about the new Mercedes-Benz GLC-class by the end of the year. The starting price shouldn’t change much, staying in the mid-$40,000 range. The 2022 C-class is expected to start at around $43,000.