As one of the most popular models in Canada and around the world, the Mercedes-Benz GLC is at the center of Mercedes-Benz sales activities. The unveiling of its second generation is fast approaching, and, to keep us waiting, the manufacturer unveils an image of the rear light.
The wait won’t be very long. On June 1, Mercedes-Benz will unveil the second generation of the GLC, the third if we consider that it is the successor to the defunct GLK. The current version has been on our market since 2016, and a slight refresh followed in 2020. The model is therefore more than ripe for a major overhaul. This is very important for Mercedes-Benz because the competition is getting stronger and, above all, more and more varied.
With the image that we present today, we discover very little, but enough to understand that the design will be very progressive, like the evolution of the new Class C. The fire visible in the photo is shows a little thinner than that of the current model, but retains its horizontal configuration. Obviously, everything will be entirely LED. Other spy images discovered over the months also show us that the silhouette will be almost identical to that of the GLC of the moment. For the front end, the GLC will once again follow the C-Class approach with thinner and more streamlined headlamp units.
In the passenger compartment, we already know that we will find substantially the same dashboard as in the C-Class. The instrumentation will be entirely digital and broadcast via a 12.3-inch screen, while the latest-generation MBUX multimedia system continues its integration following the S-, SL- and C-Class into the GLC. At the moment, we are talking about an 11.9-inch display in portrait position.
It is in terms of mechanics that the GLC will succeed in distinguishing itself the most from the competition, in particular with the confirmation that all engines will be entitled to one form or another of hybridization. Engines, even turbocharged, will be entitled to it. Again, everything found in the C-Class will find its way under the hood of the GLC. At the base, there will always be a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder but assisted by 48-volt technology. As for the plug-in hybrid, we expect to find a battery of more than 25 kilowatt hours, which would allow it to travel about 100 kilometers in electric mode.
The division AMG is also in the game with a first version 43 which will recover the all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with electric assistance good for a combined power of more than 400 horsepower. Eventually, the top of the range will arrive with a new interpretation of the GLC 63. Even if all the details will not be revealed on June 1, we will certainly have several confirmations regarding the new Mercedes-Benz GLC 2023.