Making its international debut in Geneva today is the new Mercedes GLC 300, which is the brand’s most popular vehicle in the USA.
The new GLC boasts a number of enhancements and improvements over last year’s model, but the most noticeable is the updated look. With a new grille, updated front bumper design, skid plates, and all new LED headlights and taillights, the GLC looks a bit more rugged and a little closer to its GLE big brother. Fans of grey cars will exclaim with glee as the GLC 300 will now be offered in Graphite Grey as well as Selenite Grey Magno. Mercedes also points out that there will be new wheel designs on tap, ranging from 18 to 20-inches.
Under the hood, you’ll find one of the more significant updates to the GLC 300 as the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine has been replaced with a new unit that makes more power and should be more efficient as well. Now rated at 255 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, the engine marks a 14 horsepower improvement over last year’s model. The engine is still paired to a nine-speed automatic and the GLC can be had with 4Matic all-wheel-drive or rear-wheel drive.
The 2020 GLC should prove to be easier to drive too, although it was never unwieldy before. Mercedes will offer its latest driver assistance features on the new GLC including: adaptive cruise control that can reduce its speed based on your route and speed limit information, active steering assist that can make an emergency stop and help with lane changes, active blind spot assist and the really interesting Pre-Safe sound alert, which triggers uses a noise to trigger a protective reflex to help prevent hearing loss in the case of an accident or collision.
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The GLC didn’t need many updates to its interior, but Mercedes isn’t one to skimp. There are two new wood trims and there are two different steering wheel designs available to buyers. More importantly, the automaker has updated the infotainment system and technology in the cabin. There’s a large 10.25-inch central infotainment system and an available 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. The vehicle uses the new MBUX operating system, which is far more modern looking, easy to use and quick to respond. One of the coolest features of MBUX is the augmented video navigation system, that uses the front-facing camera to display the navigation instruction on a live feed of the road in front of you.
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Furthermore, MBUX comes with the “Hey Mercedes” digital assistant that works a lot like Apple’s Siri or Amazon Alexa, answering the driver’s questions and allowing for commands to be issued through voice recognition.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 will arrive in dealerships by late 2019, and we’ll get better information about pricing and packaging at that time.
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