The next-generation 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC has just been unveiled, and it’s a very important vehicle for the German luxury automaker. Ever since it replaced the GLK in 2016, the GLC eventually became the brand’s best-selling vehicle.
From a styling standpoint, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC draws a lot of inspiration from its EQ range of electric vehicles, though its overall shape is easily identifiable as a GLC. The redesign is evolutionary, but it looks more dynamic than the previous model thanks to its more prominent grille that’s connected with the LED headlights. The AMG Line models (painted in white) comes with a studded grille pattern, while its shape resembles the Panamericana grille of true AMG vehicles.
The side profile and rear look similar to the previous generation GLC, but with a bit of sculpting to make it look more dynamic. Topping it all off is a pair of LED taillights that are integrated into its tailgate garnish, giving it the impression that the taillights are a single piece.
Moving inside, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC adopts a similar styling theme to the C-Class. After all, the GLC rides on the same platform as the aforementioned compact luxury sedan. The design is vastly different from the previous model, echoing the floating center stack that houses an 11.9-inch MBUX touch screen infotainment system. This works in conjunction with the 12.3-inch fully-digital gauge cluster and a very comprehensive head-up display.
There are a couple of new technologies debuting in the all-new GLC–the major of which is what’s called a “transparent hood”. This feature essentially works in a way that a camera displays a feed of what’s under the hood, which is very handy when clearing tall obstacles when off-roading. This feature is only available if the 360-degree camera system has been specced.
As with every European luxury car, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC comes with a wide range of gasoline and diesel engine choices, all of which feature varying degrees of electrification. The gasoline range comes with a horsepower range of 204 hp for the GLC 200 with 48-volt mild-hybrid electrification to 381 hp for the GLC 400e plug-in hybrid. On the other hand, the diesel range has a horsepower range of 197 hp for the GLC 220d with 48-volt mild-hybrid electrification all the way up to 335 hp for the GLC 300de for the plug-in hybrid diesel. A nine-speed automatic is your only transmission choice.
Unsurprisingly, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC comes with a host of standard or optional advanced driver-assistance tech that ranges from full-speed radar cruise control, lane centering, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, just to name a few.
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC will go on sale before the year ends in global markets, while a Philippine launch will probably happen some time in 2023.