Mercedes GLC 2023 luxury SUV presented
Australia’s best-selling prestige car is set to deliver smart technology, thrifty engines and fresh styling to a growing class of customers.
Mercedes-Benz has updated its best-selling car, unveiling the next-generation GLC-Class ahead of the model’s local debut next year.
Luxury brands GLC class carriage and the coupe have been Australia’s favorite luxury car since the start of the year, outperforming rivals in midsize SUVs such as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.
The new car borrows heavily from the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan.
As such, it gets a range of new features including a raised 11.9-inch infotainment display emanating from the center console.
The new screen offers an off-road assistance function that copies Land Rover’s unique Clear Sight systemwhich offers a video feed of the terrain under the car to help drivers position the vehicle carefully when off the road.
As with the C-Class, the new GLC is only available with electrified four-cylinder engines, with both light hybrid technology and plug-in hybrid assistance. Although specs for the car have not been confirmed, European examples are available at up to 245kW and 750Nm, along with 100km of electric-only range.
High-performance AMG models will follow at a later date, swapping V6 and V8 horsepower with electrically enhanced four-cylinder engines.
The car’s body is longer, lower and wider than before, with an extended wheelbase intended to provide extra legroom. The four-wheel steering make it more maneuverable around town, and the air suspension promises a flexible ride.
Luxurious additions include high-definition matrix LED headlights, the option of a 15-speaker Burmester stereo, and open-pore wood with aluminum accents.
Self the latest prices of the C-Class are indicative, the changes will not be economic.
The GLC-Class currently starts at around $ 85,000 in cars for the entry-level GLC 200.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see starting prices approach $ 100,000 when the new car arrives in the first half of 2023.
Originally published as New look for Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class