The Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class has been revamped and renamed as it now holds the GLC-Class name according to Mercedes’s new naming system. The C is for coupe and crossover, and although the new 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC is larger than the outgoing GLK it does manage to save up to 176 Pounds or 80 Kg thanks to the new lightweight aluminum and high-strength steel construction within the crossover’s frame.
The U.S. will be getting two new models for now – The AWD GLC300 4Matic and the rear-wheel driver GLC300 offered with a new engine that replaces both the a 3.5 liter V6 engine and a 2.1 liter turbodiesel 4 cylinder engine, the new powerhouse will be a 2.0 liter I4 with 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque with the possibility of a 4 cylinder turbodiesel variant to make it by 2017 under the GLC300d 4Matic disguise. Another good bit of info is the new (already developed) 9 speed automatic transmission in favor of a smother more efficient drive compared to the old seven-speed transmission.
The new 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC is also much quieter than the outgoing GLK, with improved acoustics and sound deadning methods the new GLC has less noise, harshness and vibrations resulting in a much more refined cabin. As for the chassis, not much has changed but according to Mercedes-Benz, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC should offer better ride comfort and driving dynamics thanks to the Mercedes Agility control suspension which features variable dampers and steel spring which come standard on all GLC-Class models. A great Air Body Control suspension with adjustable adaptive dampers is also an option that you must opt for in search for great ride comfort. If you would like to take control of the driving dynamics, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC offers four driving modes; Eco, Comfort, Sport and Sport+ with some additional modes.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC is 4.6 inches longer than the GLK and 3.0 inches wider. It offers a better cabin that takes cues from the larger GLE-Class inspired by Mercedes’s new design direction inside-out. Expect a seven inch screen (COMAND infotainment system) controlled by the same button and knob control and a nice smooth touch-pad. Some nifty features make it to the new GLC-Class like the ability to lower the crossover by 0.6 inches in Sport+ to improve handling and body roll for better overall acceleration and cornering capabilities while making the nine-speed automatic aggressive offering faster shifts on demand (nothing fancy, but it does make for a fun ride if you want it to be).
With increased width and the length, expect improved cargo space and leg room on the inside compare to the outgoing GLK. When equipped with Air Body Control, the GLC can be lowered to ease loading cargo or gear through the rear hatch. Many safety features that are catered to assist the driver made it on to the new 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC – Collision prevention assist plus, crosswind assist, attention assist, lane change assist and active high-beam assist. while a new Driver Assistance package adds more safety features which include the Distronic Plus with steering assist, Pre-Safe Plus, Pre-Safe brake with pedestrian detection, active lane-keeping assist, active blind spot warning and brake assist pluss with cross traffic assist. Some of the older features also made it onto the GLC like the LED headlights, the head-up display, the Burmester premium sound system, fragrance dispenser system (Air Package only) and the panoramic sunroof.
The new GLC will get the Night package which adds high-gloss black side mirror covers, 19-20 inch alloy wheels, window frames, undergaurds and a matte black roof rails. Price is expected to start around $38,825 in the U.S. or Aed 150,000 Dirhams, which isn’t much for what you get in terms of car value.
Color combination on the inside include: Leather, Nappa leather and MB-Tex vinyl for the upholsteries which are offered in Sil Beige, Espresso Brown, Black, Saddle Brown and the exclusive Platinum White Pearl. The accents include burl walnut, black stripes, black open-pore ash and linden wood.