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Mercedes-Benz GLC

The Mercedes-Benz GLC is a compact luxury crossover SUV introduced in 2015 for the 2016 model year that replaced the GLK-Class. According to Mercedes-Benz, it is the SUV equivalent to the C-Class.

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.

First generation (X253/C253; 2015)

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. The manufacturing of the GLC started in Finland during Q1 of 2017.

The first-generation GLC was 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.

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.


In October 2018, Beijing-Benz introduced a long-wheelbase version of the GLC exclusively for China. The overall length of 4,765 mm (187.6 in) is 109 mm (4.3 in) longer than the regular GLC, while the wheelbase is extended by 100 mm (3.9 in) to 2,973 mm (117.0 in).

The GLC L shares the same engine range as the GLC. Three 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder options are available, with 184 PS (135 kW; 181 hp) in the GLC 200 L 4Matic, 211 PS (155 kW; 208 hp) in the GLC 250 L 4Matic, and 245 PS (180 kW; 242 hp) in the top GLC 300 L 4Matic. All-wheel drive is standard across the range. The standard wheelbase GLC continued to be sold in China alongside the long-wheelbase model.



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.

GLC Coupé


At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes unveiled the refreshed GLC 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.

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



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

Second generation (X254/C254; 2022)

The second generation GLC was unveiled in June 2022. Like the first generation, two bodystyles are available, with a traditional SUV and a coupe SUV called the GLC Coupé. Similar to the W206 C-Class, all models are equipped with four-cylinder engines with MHEV tech. Four PHEV models, which consists of three general models, and one AMG model, are available. The X254 GLC is also larger than its predecessor.




External links

  • Official website (Germany)


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