The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC Looks Similar But Is New Basement.

2023 Mercedes Benz GLC – Overview

The GLC crossover follows where the Mercedes C-class leads. Given the close relationship between the two vehicles, which share the same platform and powertrain, it’s no surprise that the new GLC seen here incorporates many of the same technological innovations as its sedan sibling.

Here are the major highlights:

  • The new 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC is more significant than its predecessor despite similar styling.
  • According to Mercedes, the new MBUX infotainment interface is faster and smarter.
  • The only powertrain option in the USA has been a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four with a 48-volt hybrid system.
2023 Mercedes Benz GLC
2023 Mercedes Benz GLC

For the most part, the previous-generation GLC sold well due to its entirely predictable combination of the typical Benz virtues of handsome design and peppy performance.

The styling of the all-new version has evolved so subtly that we suspect many will miss the generational shift; reshaped headlights frame a single horizontal metal strip on the radiator grille, where the previous model had two, and narrower taillights are the giveaway at the back.

Dimensions have slightly widened.

The new GLC is now 185.7 inches long, 2.4 inches longer than the previous model.

In addition, the wheelbase has grown by 0.6 inches to 113.7 inches.

2023 Mercedes Benz GLC
2023 Mercedes Benz GLC

Passenger space has barely changed, with Mercedes claiming a 0.1-inch increase in rear legroom.

The most apparent benefit of the expansion is an increase in luggage capacity, with the new car’s 22 cubic feet being three cubic feet larger than the previous one.

The new GLC300, which will be available in the United States initially, will have a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that will work in tandem with a 48-volt hybrid system via an integrated starter-generator.

Like the C300 sedan’s, this engine produces 258 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque and is mated to a standard nine-speed automatic transmission.

The only significant driveline decision that new car buyers will have to make is whether or not to go with the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system; according to Mercedes, both versions are capable of identical 6.2-second sprints to 60 mph (we ran the previous-generation AWD GLC300 through the benchmark in a more impressive 5.4 seconds).

Future versions will certainly include AMG 53 and 63 variants, though both will use hybridized four-cylinder engines.

Mercedes confirms that a plug-in hybrid powertrain will be available in the United States.

Inside, there are more significant changes, with the new GLC adopting Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment system.

2023 Mercedes Benz GLC
2023 Mercedes Benz GLC

An 11.9-inch portrait-oriented central touchscreen (angled slightly toward the driver) and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster are used.

MBUX supports high-level voice inputs and an augmented-reality navigation system that superimposes instructions on a live video feed to show you exactly where you need to go.

We are slightly disappointed but not surprised that the GLC will follow the S-class and C-class in foregoing physical HVAC controls in favor of touch-sensitive panels and a physical volume knob.

Other high-tech features include Mercedes’ Level 2 Drive Pilot driver-assistance system, standard LED headlights, and a 360-degree camera system with a “transparent hood,” which uses cameras to provide a view under the front of the vehicle to aid in maneuvering the type of mild off-roading that a GLC300 might encounter.

2023 Mercedes Benz GLC
2023 Mercedes Benz GLC

The cost of the vehicle is yet to be revealed, but we expect the new GLC’s high-standard equipment to reflect a price increase over the previous model.

It will be available in the United States starting in 2023.

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2023 Mercedes Benz GLC
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