The automaker with the Silver Star is obviously committed to a race toward electrification, but to get there, more gasoline-powered models will need to be sold before moving to a fully electric lineup. And the GLC crossover is part of that near-term strategy, with the vehicle currently in advanced testing for the next generation of the model.
Mercedes-Benz has actually given a glimpse of this model, which is expected to arrive on our roads in 2023. We can already guess with these first pictures that the general silhouette of the vehicle will be similar to the outgoing model, although the shape of the grille has changed somewhat.
For the moment, the last tests in extreme temperatures are on the agenda, Mercedes-Benz is carrying these out in the region of Arjeplog, in Sweden where the mercury often drops below 30°C. As with any new model, the engineers are testing handling, ergonomics, temperature management and interior comfort, among other things.
The automaker also revealed some details about the base engine of this future GLC. It’s the M254 turbocharged 4-cylinder block that will be bolted under the hood of the utility vehicle, the mill that delivers 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, the engine that will be backed up by the second-generation starter-alternator, the 48-volt mild hybrid system that counts for 23 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque in the equation.
The GLC will also feature a new three-spoke steering wheel with redesigned buttons for easy navigation through the menus on the screen behind the steering wheel. The MBUX voice recognition system will also be in its second generation, the system that the automaker says is intuitive and capable of learning.
Mercedes-Benz is also planning a head-up display with augmented reality that enhances the information displayed in the windshield, a technology that is becoming increasingly popular in the latest models. The GLC will also be available with a “clear hood” option, a feature that will make the hood disappear into the driver’s view for off-road maneuvers where the hood hides what’s in front of the vehicle.
There will of course be a plethora of technology on board the new GLC, and it’s clear that the automaker will use the next few weeks to reveal more relevant information about its successful SUV.