New name, new luck?

Stuttgart, June 18, 2015

Attention please, because everything here is really new! After Mercedes GLK in the most booming all segments was never allowed to really mitboomen, it was decided quite obviously a radical cut. Not even the name was allowed to live: The GLK is now GLC. And look very different than before he does. The angular is completely gone, the GLC seems almost sculptural. Who the researching study Concept Coupé GLC of the Shanghai Motor Show in 2015 was good, probably with Daimler's new mid-size SUV can befriend quite, because as far as the two are not separate. In addition, you can now finally assume that the Chinese sports SUV concept will go into production next year as GLC Coupé almost one to one.

Significantly larger and more spacious

But back to " normal " GLC: The is not only round, aerodynamic and depending bumper setup ( there are three different variants Aprons: Normal, offroad, AMG ) has become brutal, but also significantly larger. In length and wheelbase grows to twelve centimeters ( 4.66 meters, 2.87 meters ) in width by five centimeters (1.89 feet ) and the height by one centimeter ( 1.64 meters ). Mercedes promises almost six centimeters more legroom in the rear and on all seats more freedom for elbows. The boot capacity is increased also. From 470 to 550 liters, or from 1,550 to 1,600 liters with the rear seat folded. In addition, the flap opens now with the famous Fußwischer below the bumper.

80 kilos lighter

Only draufzupacken a couple of centimeters in all directions, but a long time is not enough, which is why Mercedes felt a large SUV diet could not hurt also. Around 80 kilos slims the GLC from compared to the GLK. The weight loss is mainly due to the cap of aluminum plastic-steel body ( minus 50 kilos ), the newly designed four-wheel - drive and the all-new aluminum chassis. The latter is more agile now on a five-link rear suspension, a four-link front and a wider track. It comes standard with variable dampers and can be ordered in three different versions. In addition to the standard comfort and the sports suspension, there is the first time in this class, an air suspension with electronically controlled, adaptive dampers.

New off-road mode

Regardless of the chassis choice receives the GLC the five driving modes Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport + and Individual. Who to book the optional off-road package, may be in addition to a lift kit by 20 millimeters, a robust underride guard and a Hill Descent Control four additional driving programs happy ( smoothness, offroad, incline and trailers ). In conjunction with the air suspension is expanding its range to the " rock free ". The " if-does - not - more - go 'mode raises the GLC by 50 millimeters and allows more slip, to free themselves also from brenzligeren situations. In general, the SUV has a very decent ground clearance of up to 23 centimeters.

For the first time with plug-in hybrid

On the drive side worth mentioning: All Mercedes GLC have as standard all-wheel drive with a power-base distribution of 45:55 percent on board. For weight and performance reasons, the transfer case is no longer integrated into the standard nine-speed automatic transmission, but mounted as a separate system to the transmission. There are to launch two 2.2-liter diesel with 170 and 204 hp and a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine with 211 hp. All three accelerate faster than before, but will consume less fuel twelve (petrol) or 19 percent (diesel). The diesel come according to the manufacturer to 5.0 liters, the petrol 6.5 liter average fuel consumption. New to the program is the plug-in hybrid GLC 350 e, which together spanned the known two-liter turbo gasoline engine with 211 hp and a 85 kW electric motor. Mercedes gives the performance a bit confused with 211 + 116 PS and 560 Nm of torque. The hybrid comes with GLC seven-speed automatic, is to accelerate in 5.9 seconds to 100 km / h and 34 km run on electricity alone and consume 2.6 liters on average. The boot capacity is reduced to 350-1445 liters.

Prices remained virtually unchanged

Completely new is the cockpit, which now looks like a slightly more refined version of the C-class interiors. It's good. Thanks to various cameras and (radar) sensors the GLC also offers virtually all driver assistance systems from C-, E-and S-Class. Ertsmals on request on board are all-LED headlights, a 360-degree camera and a head-up display. Prices for the Mercedes GLC start 250 4Matic at 44,506 euros for the petrol. He is exactly as expensive as its predecessor. By comparison, the BMW X3 with 184-horsepower all-wheel drive and automatic petrol is available from 41,750 euros in the price list. The initially favorable Diesel 220 D 4Matic will cost at least 44,863 euros, the 250 D 4Matic is to have from 46 410 euros. The prices are still known for the plug-in hybrid 350 E 4Matic. It is assumed that both favorable entry-level versions will follow (with rear-wheel drive) and defined benefit pregnant AMG derivatives. We expect the 370 bhp GLC AMG 450 and AMG GLC 63 with about 500 hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. The launch of the new GLC will start on September 2015. (Sw)