Mercedes-Benz GLC front

After many months of spy shots, the brand new 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC has just been revealed. Designed to replace the outgoing GLK, the new GLC is just the latest in a long line of new SUV models the German marque has revealed this year.

Generally speaking, the Mercedes-Benz GLC is slightly larger than the car it replaces while also including a longer wheelbase. Despite the added size however and the range of new equipment available, the GLC actually weighs 80 kg less than the GLK. Those weight savings have been achieved primarily through the use of new aluminium and high-strength steel body panels. Additionally, the chassis features a range of aluminium elements while even parts of the Air Body Control air suspension system is constructed from glass-fibre-reinforced plastic. The magnesium transmission housing also shaves off 12 kg of weight.

On a driving front, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC offers five different driving modes. These consist of the Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual settings all of which are featured on other Mercedes-Benz models. A unique feature of the GLC is the Off-Road Engineering package. It adds a further five driving programs like ‘Slippery’, ‘Offroad’ and ‘Trailer’. One of the most interesting is the ‘Rocking Assist’ program. If the GLC gets stuck while offroading, this driving function raises the car’s ride height by 50 mm while the wheel-slip control thresholds are increased to allow the GLC to work its way free.

Mercedes-Benz GLC rear

At the SUVs launch, four different variants will be offered. These are the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC220d 4Matic, the GLC250d 4Matic, GLC250 4Matic and GLC350e 4Matic. Powering the entry-level GLC220d 4Matic is a diesel engine delivering 170 hp and 400 Nm of torque. While not the most powerful, it consumes between 5 and 5.5 litres of fuel per 100 km.

As for the GLC250d 4Matic, it pumps out 204 hp and 500 Nm while the petrol-powered GLC250 delivers 211 hp and 350 Nm. The GLC350 4Matic then provides 306 hp and 370 Nm while the range-topping 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC350e 4Matic hybrid delivers 327 hp and 560 Nm of torque. As a result, it can hit 100 km/h in a brisk 5.9 seconds.

Design wise, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC fits in nicely with the automaker’s currently design language. As a result, it is reminiscent of both the GLA and GLE Coupe models. The front for example, is characterised by curvaceous yet aggressive projector headlights while a traditional Mercedes-Benz grille is featured. Additionally, the front bumper incorporates a scuff plate at the bottom.

Mercedes-Benz GLC interior

Bold and tapered lines are then present across the bonnet and running down the sides of the new GLC offroader. These lines end towards the rear wheel arches which flow up to the redesigned rear. Compared to the GLK, the GLC’s tail is completely different. It includes brand new taillights, a subtle roof-mounted spoiler and black and chrome elements across the rear bumper and diffuser.

The new Mercedes-Benz GLC celebrated its world premiere tonight at the Hugo Boss headquarters in Stuttgart. We have the first live photos available in the gallery below!

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