SUV LOOKS LIKE A COUPE
NEW MERCEDES HAS ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES
MERCEDES-BENZ has introduced the second generation of its mid-size SUV, this time called the GLC, but it's actually a CUV – Coupe Utility Vehicle.
The first edition was called the GLK and was a more utilitarian, boxy vehicle in lefthand drive only.
The GLC is in right and left hook and is a belated response to similar vehicles from arch rival BMW, notably the X6.
The march of time and technology means GLC is a big advancement over the GLK on several fronts, not the least being fastback, SUV looks.
On a technical level the GLC has safety improvements encompassing the latest developments and driver assistance systems.
It also optimises energy efficiency using less fuel and generating fewer emissions.
Fuel consumption has been cut by up to 19 per cent in comparison to the previous model.
Air body control multi-chamber air suspension is fitted to some variants along with an extended range of Dynamic Select transmission modes for the 4matic permanent allwheel drive.
The result is an increase in ride comfort, but also an improvement in the vehicle's agility – whatever surface it is driving on.
Visually, the body follows the current Benz design language, highlighted by a new rear look with wide, high-mounted tail lights.
The overall style has a lot in common with GLC Coupe show car concept displayed earlier this year.
There is a version optimised for off road-use with a larger angle of approach/departure, plus a particularly sporty AMG variant.
The side view shows the almost coupe-like roofline.
The model change signals a marked upgrade for the interior. A modern setting prevails which is in keeping with larger Benz SUVs.
Inside is a new interpretation of modern luxury conjuring up the feelgood atmosphere courtesy of high quality materials featuring a handcrafted character, such as nappa leather or open-pore wood trim.
The interior also has substantially more space for occupants and luggage compared with the GLK. The optional large-area panoramic glass roof further enhances the light and airy feel.
The newly developed touchpad in the hand-rest over the rotary push button nestles ergonomically in the centre console.
Another comfort criterion – entry and exit space for the rear passengers – has been enhanced substantially, with 34mm more foot space now available.
Through the effective use of space and clever packaging, engineers have also managed to increase the size of the luggage compartment.
The rear bench features a 40/20/40 split and a cargo position which increases the load capacity.
Added convenience for loading and unloading is provided by hands-free access activated by sweeping a foot under the rear bumper.
Mercedes-Benz has applied an extensive package of measures to enhance the GLC’s energy efficiency and performance substantially.
Modified or new drive systems, improved aerodynamics and lightweight design are the primary factors behind the vehicle's fuel efficiency with up to 19 per cent reductions in fuel consumption while at the same time improving performance with the same power output.
All models comply with the EU6 emissions standard and offer a start/ stop function.
For the first time in this segment, with the GLC 350 e 4matic Mercedes- Benz is additionally offering a plug-in hybrid which combines all-wheel drive with low fuel consumption and emissions.
Like its plug-in big brother S-Class, the GLC 350 e 4MATIC offers all the comfort and efficiency systems, from the flexible, intelligent operating strategy through the specific hybrid driving programs to pre-entry climate control.
Merc's GLC, seen here in concept