2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC: Drive Fast with Class
- December 14, 2016
Design driven, modern and athletic. This is just a glimpse of the new GLC from Mercedes-Benz.
The new model which succeeds the GLK is much more spacious, refined and signifies an evolution for the second-generation Mercedes-Benz mid-range SUVs turning heads with its sleek design and taking the lead in terms of technology, comfort and performance.
The design philosophy behind the new GLC exuberates a sensual purity with a modern aesthetic over the classic off-road look. The dynamic design with its clearly defined lines and purist form is sure to enhance its emotional appeal.
“The new GLC sets new benchmarks for mid-size SUVs thanks to its outstanding design, technology and off-road capabilities,” said Dirk Fetzer, Director of Sales & Marketing at Daimler Middle East & Levant. “We know that the second generation of this model has been highly anticipated by Middle Eastern customers and will contribute to the continued popularity of the Mercedes-Benz SUV range.”
With its athletic and urban design, all-round capabilities and supreme comfort, the GLC fits seamlessly with any lifestyle, whether for a family trip, on or off road, a sporty adventure with friends or just a comfortable driving experience around the city.
The new GLC is available in two models, the GLC 250 4MATIC and the GLC 300 4MATIC. The former comes with the Off Road Line exterior that includes 19-inch multi-spoke light alloy wheels, radiator grille with twin louvres and chrome inserts, bumpers with a chrome-plated underguard at front and rear, two chrome-plated tailpipes, polished aluminium trim and roof rails in anodised aluminium. The GLC 300 4MATIC comes with the sporty AMG Line exterior with distinctive AMG body styling, 19-inch AMG wheels, chrome package, and enhanced performance and driving dynamics thanks to the sports suspension.
GLC interior: spacious, elegant and modern
The GLC’s interior conjures up a luxurious feel which is also a Mercedes-Benz brand hallmark, with premium materials, including nappa leather and open-pore wood trim, meticulously finished details and an appealing overall touch and feel. A key focus of the totally new interior design is the dashboard and the centre console with its flowing lines, and large, one-piece console panel sweeping elegantly from the centre air vents to the armrest. These clear-cut lines create a feeling of open space and establish a modern vibe.
The newly developed innovative touchpad, located in the hand rest, nestles ergonomically in the centre console allowing you to command all the head-unit functions using finger gestures. A centrally positioned media display is also partially integrated above the centre console.
The new GLC is substantially more spacious for front and rear passengers alike. The increase in the GLC’s length in comparison to the previous models has helped in creating a much needed extra seating space.
Both the GLC 250 4MATIC and GLC 300 4MATIC come with EXCLUSIVE line interior, including upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather, ARTICO-covered dashboard with contrasting topstitching, seats featuring an exclusive upholstery design, Interior Light package, the 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, high-gloss brown line structure lime wood trim in the GLC 250 4MATIC and light aluminium trim in the GL C 300 4MATIC.
On and Off road driving enjoyment
The new GLC offers the DYNAMIC SELECT handling control system with five driving programs as a standard option. In addition to the ECO, COMFORT, SPORT, SPORT+ and INDIVIDUAL settings, which are familiar from other models, the new all-rounder, can also be equipped with the Off-Road Engineering package. This comprises up to five programs: Slippery, Off-road, Incline, Rocking Assist (only in combination with the optional AIR BODY CONTROL) and Trailer.
The Off-Road Engineering package additionally includes a robust Gemtex underride guard, which takes the stress out of heavy ground contact as on the previous model. Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) is also included for controlled downhill driving. The driver can pre-set a speed using the cruise control lever. This set speed is then maintained automatically on downhill stretches, without any need to operate the brake pedal.
The new GLC features the AGILITY CONTROL suspension with steel springs and a variable damping system as standard. The suspension combines excellent driving stability and sporty agility with optimum comfort and outstanding off-road capabilities.
The nine-stage 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission comes as a standard on the GLC 250 4MATIC and the GLC 300 4MATIC, offering an impressively high shift speed and perfect transitions for energetic sprinting with perceptible gear changes for enjoyable cruising.
Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive: guardian angels on board
As part of the Intelligent Drive concept, the safety systems combine data from various sensor technologies to enhance comfort and safety substantially. Collision Prevention assist plus , Crosswind Assist, Headlamp Assist and Attention assist are on board as standard options. The Driving Assistance Plus provides a comprehensive scope of active safety features, comprising DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and Stop & Go Pilot, PRE-SAFE(r) Brake with pedestrian detection, BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and PRE-SAFE(r) PLUS.
The Head-up Display (HUD) in the new GLC displays information including speed, posted speed limits, navigation instructions and messages from the DISTRONIC system, directly to the driver’s front windscreen causing less distraction when driving.
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