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New 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Overview

The GLC 300 is a small SUV that replaces the GLK.

Exterior
The GLK was a boxy little SUV that tried to ape the style of the iconic Mercedes G wagon.

Every surface that was boxy is now curvaceous on the GLC 300. It's not as aggressive looking as the smaller GLA 250 and from the side it has a generic resemblance to Audi's Q5. A unique kink in the rear cargo door below the glass and badging really makes up for the generic profile though.

There are 19- and 20-inch wheels optional, but the standard wheel size was not provided at press time.

Interior
There's no question that the GLC 300 is based on the C-Class sedan once you get a gaze inside. The same upscale materials appear to be used here with a seemingly identical cockpit and dashboard layout to the C-Class.

A large 7-inch display screen is standard controlled by both a control knob and a touchpad. Mercedes' MB-Tex simulated leather is standard with leather and Nappa leather optional. Trim choices also appear similar to the C-Class with standard brown wood with black pinstripe trim or optional piano-black and open-pore ash.

The GLC 300 is larger outside and inside versus the GLK, and while the automaker didn't reveal full interior dimensions it said rear legroom and front shoulder room have both increased 2.2 inches.

Cargo room has also grown with initial figures from Mercedes listing the space behind the rear seats at 20.5 cubic feet and 56.5 cubic feet with the 40/20/40 backseat lowered. Mercedes also says it creates a flat load floor but no pictures of the cargo area were provided at press time.

Under the Hood
Only two models were announced at launch for the U.S., the rear-wheel-drive GLC 300 and the GLC 300 4Matic, which has all-wheel drive. Both are powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 241 horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque teamed to a nine-speed automatic transmission with a torque converter. In all-wheel-drive models, power is split 45/55 percent between front and rear wheels.

Mercedes also says it has reduced the weight 176 pounds versus the outgoing GLK.

An air suspension will be offered as an option that will lower the GLC 300 0.6 inches when put in Sport+ mode. That and other driving modes can be selected using a switch on the center console similar to the C-Class. Other modes include Eco, Comfort, Sport and Individual.  There is also an optional head-up display.

Safety
The GLC 300 will sport a number of standard and optional safety systems. Collision warning and Attention Assist are standard. A Driver Assistance Package includes steering assist, Pre-Safe brake with pedestrian detection, Cross-Traffic Assist, a blind spot monitor, and lane departure warning and correction.

Overview courtesy of Cars.com
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