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The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class (X253/C253) is a compact luxury crossover SUV introduced in 2015 for the 2016 model year that replaces the GLK-Class. According to Mercedes-Benz, it is the SUV equivalent to the C-Class. Although officially considered compact, it is considered mid-size in the US market. Under the vehicle naming scheme maintained by Mercedes-Benz, SUVs use the base name "GL", followed by the model's placement in Mercedes-Benz hierarchy. The "G" is for Geländewagen (German for off-road vehicle) and alludes to the long-running G-Class. This is followed by the letter "L" that acts as a linkage with the letter "C" to signify that the vehicle is a SUV equivalent to the C-Class.

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1. Overview

Like its predecessor, it is assembled at Mercedes-Benz's plant in Bremen, Germany. Since the main GLC production site in Bremen already runs at full capacity, Mercedes-Benz have decided to expand the production capacity by utilizing Valmet Automotive plant at Uusikaupunki, Finland.[1] The manufacturing of the GLC started in Finland during Q1 of 2017.

The GLC-Class is available in a five-door body style with seating for five. Mercedes also offers a GLC Coupé, with a sloping rear roof design. In mainland Europe, it is available with three diesel engines, three petrol engines, and a plug-in hybrid. In the United Kingdom, only three diesels and one petrol AMG-model are offered.[2]

Power comes from a choice of 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol (same engine combined with the electric engine in the 350e hybrid) and 2.2-liter 4-cylinder turbo diesel engines in various power stages mated to a 9-speed (7-speed for the 350e hybrid) G-Tronic automatic transmission. 4MATIC all-wheel-drive is standard in some markets and optional in others. The GLC has a track width of 63.9 in (1,623 mm) in front and 63.7 in (1,618 mm) in the rear. Trunk volume is rated at 20.5 cu ft (580 L).

In the German home market, the GLC 250 4MATIC petrol version is joined by GLC 220d 4MATIC and GLC 250d 4MATIC diesel versions along with a plug-in hybrid version called the 350e. In North America, only the GLC 300, GLC 43 AMG and GLC 63 AMG are available.

2. Engines

2.1. GLC

Model Fuel Type Power, torque at rpm
AMG GLC 63 S Petrol 3,982 cc (243 cu in) 32V 8-cylinder twin-turbo 510 PS (375 kW; 503 hp) at 5,500, 700 N⋅m (516 lb⋅ft) at 1,750
AMG GLC 63 Petrol 3,982 cc (243 cu in) 32V 8-cylinder twin-turbo 476 PS (350 kW; 469 hp) at 5,500, 650 N⋅m (479 lb⋅ft) at 1,750
AMG GLC 43 Petrol 2,996 cc (183 cu in) 24V 6-cylinder twin-turbo 367 PS (270 kW; 362 hp) at 5,550, 520 N⋅m (384 lb⋅ft) at 2,000
GLC 300 Petrol 1,991 cc (121 cu in) 16V 4-cylinder turbo 245 PS (180 kW; 242 hp) at 5,550, 370 N⋅m (273 lb⋅ft) at 1,300
GLC 300 4Matic Petrol 1,991 cc (121 cu in) 16V 4-cylinder turbo 245 PS (180 kW; 242 hp) at 5,550, 370 N⋅m (273 lb⋅ft) at 1,300
GLC 350e 4Matic Hybrid 1,991 cc (121 cu in) 16V 4-cylinder turbo 320 PS (235 kW; 316 hp) at 5,550, 560 N⋅m (413 lb⋅ft) at 1,300
GLC 250 4Matic Petrol 1,991 cc (121 cu in) 16V 4-cylinder turbo 211 PS (155 kW; 208 hp) at 5,500, 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) at 1,200
GLC 200 Petrol 1,991 cc (121 cu in) 16V 4-cylinder turbo 184 PS (135 kW; 181 hp) at 5,500, 300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft) at 1,200
GLC 350d 4Matic Diesel 2,987 cc (182 cu in) 24V 6-cylinder turbo 258 PS (190 kW; 254 hp) at 3,400, 620 N⋅m (457 lb⋅ft) at 1,600-2,400
GLC 250d 4Matic Diesel 2,143 cc (131 cu in) 16V 4-cylinder turbo 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) at 3,800, 500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft) at 1,600
GLC 220d 4Matic Diesel 2,143 cc (131 cu in) 16V 4-cylinder turbo 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) at 3,000, 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) at 1,400
GLC F-Cell 4Matic Hydrogen Electric motor, powered by fuel cell and 13.5kWh battery 211 PS (155 kW; 208 hp) at ?, 365 N⋅m (269 lb⋅ft) at ?

Standard features in the US include dual-zone automatic air conditioning; cruise control; Bluetooth System; 8-way power driver and passenger bucket seats; front, front side, side-curtain, and knee airbags.

2.2. GLC Coupé

Model Fuel Type Power, torque at rpm
AMG GLC 63 S Coupé Petrol 3,982 cc (243 cu in) 32V 8-cylinder twin-turbo 510 PS (375 kW; 503 hp) at 5,500, 700 N⋅m (516 lb⋅ft) at 1,750
AMG GLC 63 Coupé Petrol 3,982 cc (243 cu in) 32V 8-cylinder twin-turbo 476 PS (350 kW; 469 hp) at 5,500, 650 N⋅m (479 lb⋅ft) at 1,750
AMG GLC 43 Coupé Petrol 2,996 cc (183 cu in) 24V 6-cylinder twin-turbo 367 PS (270 kW; 362 hp) at 5,550, 520 N⋅m (384 lb⋅ft) at 2,000
GLC 300 Coupé Petrol 1,991 cc (121 cu in) 16V 4-cylinder turbo 245 PS (180 kW; 242 hp) at 5,550, 370 N⋅m (273 lb⋅ft) at 1,300
GLC 300 4Matic Coupé Petrol 1,991 cc (121 cu in) 16V 4-cylinder turbo 245 PS (180 kW; 242 hp) at 5,550, 370 N⋅m (273 lb⋅ft) at 1,300
GLC 350e 4Matic Coupé Hybrid/Petrol 1,991 cc (121 cu in) 16V 4-cylinder turbo + Electric Motor (PHEV) 320 PS (235 kW; 316 hp) at 5,550, 560 N⋅m (413 lb⋅ft) at 1,300
GLC 250 4Matic Coupé Petrol 1,991 cc (121 cu in) 16V 4-cylinder turbo 211 PS (155 kW; 208 hp) at 5,500, 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) at 1,200
GLC 350d 4Matic Coupé Diesel 2,987 cc (182 cu in) 24V 6-cylinder turbo 258 PS (190 kW; 254 hp) at 3,400, 620 N⋅m (457 lb⋅ft) at 1,600-2,400
GLC 250d 4Matic Coupé Diesel 2,143 cc (131 cu in) 16V 4-cylinder turbo 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) at 3,800, 500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft) at 1,600
GLC 220d 4Matic Coupé Diesel 2,143 cc (131 cu in) 16V 4-cylinder turbo 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) at 3,000, 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) at 1,400

3. Facelift

At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes unveiled the refreshed GLC-Class as a 2020 model. New features include an updated MBUX Operating System that can be activated by saying "Hey Mercedes", new engines, a new steering wheel, and a 12.3-inch digital cockpit.[3]

The Coupé-variant was unveiled at 2019 New York International Auto Show.[4]

3.1. Engines

Model Years Displacement Configuration Power Torque 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) Top Speed
Petrol Engines
GLC 200 4MATIC 2020- 1,991 cc (121.5 cu in) Inline-4 + 48V Mild Hybrid (M264 E20 DEH LA) 145 kW (197 PS; 194 hp) 320 N⋅m (236 lbf⋅ft) 7.9 seconds 215 km/h (134 mph)
GLC 300 2020- 1,991 cc (121.5 cu in) Inline-4 (M274 DE20 LA) 155 kW (211 PS; 208 hp) 370 N⋅m (273 lbf⋅ft) 6.6 seconds 209 km/h (130 mph)
GLC 300 4MATIC 2020- 1,991 cc (121.5 cu in) Inline-4 + 48V Mild Hybrid (M264 E20 DEH LA) 190 kW (258 PS; 255 hp) 370 N⋅m (273 lbf⋅ft) 6.2 seconds 240 km/h (149 mph)
GLC 300e 4MATIC 2020- 1,991 cc (121.5 cu in) Inline-4 PHEV 245 kW (333 PS; 329 hp) 700 N⋅m (516 lbf⋅ft) 5.7 seconds TBA
AMG GLC 43 4MATIC 2020- 2,996 cc (182.8 cu in) V6 (M276) 287 kW (390 PS; 385 hp) 521 N⋅m (384 lbf⋅ft) 4.9 seconds 250 km/h (155 mph)
AMG GLC 63 4MATIC+ 2020- 3,982 cc (243.0 cu in) V8 350 kW (476 PS; 469 hp) 650 N⋅m (479 lbf⋅ft) 3.8 seconds 250 km/h (155 mph)
AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ 2020- 3,982 cc (243.0 cu in) V8 375 kW (510 PS; 503 hp) 700 N⋅m (516 lbf⋅ft) 3.8 seconds 250 km/h (155 mph)
Diesel Engines
GLC 200d / GLC 200d 4MATIC 2020- 1,950 cc (119 cu in) Inline-4 120 kW (163 PS; 161 hp) 360 N⋅m (266 lbf⋅ft) 8.9 seconds 205 km/h (127 mph)
GLC 220d 4MATIC 2020- 1,950 cc (119 cu in) Inline-4 143 kW (194 PS; 192 hp) 400 N⋅m (295 lbf⋅ft) 7.9 seconds 215 km/h (134 mph)
GLC 300d 4MATIC 2020- 1,950 cc (119 cu in) Inline-4 180 kW (245 PS; 241 hp) 500 N⋅m (369 lbf⋅ft) 6.6 seconds 230 km/h (143 mph)
GLC 400d 4MATIC 2020- 2,925 cc (178.5 cu in) Inline-6 243 kW (330 PS; 326 hp) 700 N⋅m (516 lbf⋅ft) 5.1 seconds 240 km/h (149 mph)
GLC 300de 2020- 1,950 cc (119 cu in) Inline-4 PHEV 143 kW (194 PS; 192 hp) (engine) + 77 kW (105 PS; 103 hp) (electric motors) 225 kW (306 PS; 302 hp) (combined) 400 N⋅m (295 lbf⋅ft) (engine) + 300 N⋅m (221 lbf⋅ft) (electric motors)700 N⋅m (516 lbf⋅ft) (combination) 6.2 seconds 230 km/h (143 mph)

4. GLC F-CELL

 
GLC F-Cell (preproduction model)

Daimler tested a fleet of fuel cell-powered GLC models, dubbed GLC F-CELL, which entered production in 2018.[5] It features both fuel cells and a battery drive which can be charged externally. Apart from electricity, it also runs on pure hydrogen.[6][7]

5. Gallery

GLC 43 AMG

GLC 63 AMG

6. Sales

Calendar year Europe[8] US[9] Mexico[10]
2015 17,708 4,569 1,046
2016 70,349 47,788 1,263
2017 111,193 48,643 3,603
2018 125,143 69,729 5,295
2019 109,095 73,655 5,275
2020 99,160 33,987 3,107

References

  1. Joseph, Noah. "Mercedes-Benz expands GLC production to Valmet in Finland". http://www.autoblog.com/2015/11/29/mercedes-glc-production-valmet-finland-official/. 
  2. "Prices". http://www.mercedes-benz.co.uk/content/unitedkingdom/mpc/mpc_unitedkingdom_website/en/home_mpc/passengercars/home/new_cars/models/glc/c253/advice_sales/prices.html. 
  3. "2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC300/GLC63 AMG First Drive: Great Success" (in en). 2019-06-07. https://www.automobilemag.com/news/2020-mercedes-benz-glc-glc300-glc63-amg-first-drive-review/. 
  4. "2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Gets Refreshed Face, More Power". motor1.com. 17 April 2019. https://www.motor1.com/news/314170/2020-mercedes-benz-glc-coupe-debuts/. 
  5. "Serienmodell des GLC F-CELL kommt voraussichtlich 2018". 27 September 2017. http://blog.mercedes-benz-passion.com/2017/09/serienmodell-des-glc-f-cell-kommt-2018/. 
  6. Daimler. "Sustainability transparent: it all depends on the lifecycle" (in en). https://www.daimler.com/sustainability/resources/glc-f-cell.html. 
  7. "Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell 2018 review" (in en). https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/mercedes-benz/glc/first-drives/mercedes-benz-glc-f-cell-2018-review. 
  8. "Mercedes-Benz GLC European sales figures" (in en-US). 2015-10-06. https://carsalesbase.com/europe-mercedes-benz-glc/. 
  9. "Mercedes-Benz GLC US car sales figures" (in en-US). 2016-01-10. https://carsalesbase.com/us-mercedes-benz-glc/. 
  10. "Venta al público y producción de vehículos ligeros por marca, modelo, segmento y país origen" (in es-MX). https://www.inegi.org.mx/app/tabulados/pxwebv2/pxweb/es/RAIAVL/RAIAVL/RAIAVL_8_9.px/. 
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