A new 48-volt mild-hybrid system will power new 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC
New Mercedes-Benz compact SUV arrives spring 2023
New off-road, connectivity, and safety tech added to new GLC
After redesigning the Mercedes-Benz C-Class recently, Mercedes-Benz is shifting its focus on another very significant model in its lineup, introducing the new 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 today. A new mild-hybrid gasoline engine and a new and improved generation of the MBUX infotainment system are among the highlights of the new GLC 300.
What’s new on the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300
Powertrain. The new Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 will be powered by a four-cylinder mild-hybrid gas engine paired with a 48-volt battery and a second-generation of the German automaker’s integrated starter generator. It’s too early to talk specs, but we expect this new powertrain to improve the performance of the current GLC 300 while also reducing fuel consumption.
New suspension. The GLC 300 gets a range of chassis enhancements as well. These include a new four-link front suspension and a multi-link independent rear suspension, along with an amplitude-dependent damping system. The end result is improved comfort and more dynamic handling, according to Mercedes-Benz.
Exterior. The exterior design is certainly new, although M-B designers didn’t revolutionize the GLC’s overall visual signature. New headlights can be paired with the Mercedes-Benz DIGITAL LIGHT system for enhanced lighting performance. The exterior of the new GLC 300 has significantly enhanced its aerodynamic profile as well with a new 0.29 drag coefficient which should contribute to reducing wind noise and making the Mercedes-Benz SUV more efficient.
Connectivity. The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC will feature the latest generation of the Mercedes-Benz MBUX system housed in a new dual-screen layout that is standard on all GLC trims. The digital instrument cluster measures 12.3 inches while the centre display measures 11.9 inches and adopts the square format of recent Mercedes-Benz models like the redesigned S-Class. Mercedes-Benz says the MBUX’ voice commands have improved to make natural conversation with the system easier and more enjoyable, and it is also possible to connect MBUX to our home to control functions within our home as well.
Interior. Mercedes-Benz says the GLC will be quieter than the current generation. Interior space is also improved thanks to a longer overall footprint (+60 mm). Moreover, the GLC adds 50 litres of cargo space for a total of 600 litres with all seats in place and an electric tailgate will be standard.
Safety. The 2023 GLC adds a few more safety features including Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC which can detect stationary vehicles at up to 100 km/h and a new Active Steering Assist with added lane detection. The new GLC gets an enhanced 360 degree camera as well.
Off-road. Off-road capability will be improved thanks to a new “transparent engine hood” function enabled by the new 360-degree camera. This new technology will make it easier for the driver to navigate tough off-road trails by enhancing visibility. There’s a new Off-road driving mode and Off-road driving screen that combines all pertinent off-road data such as inclination and gradient as well. This is standard on all GLC models.
Towing capability. The new 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC will get a new trailer menu in the MBUX system. This system will gather information about what is being towed to plan the most efficient towing route possible. An optional Trailer Maneuvering Assist system makes it even easier to tow with the GLC.
The improvements made to the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC are certainly noteworthy. The model isn’t slated to arrive until spring 2023, however. We will keep you posted as more information becomes available.