Our colleagues from auto motor und sport have pushed the brand new Mercedes GLC for the primary time and we current their driving impressions.
Mercedes has bought 2.6 million GLK and GLC fashions since 2008. Though Mercedes’ focus is on electromobility, the event of a brand new technology GLC is a vital second as this is likely one of the best-selling fashions within the Mercedes vary in recent times. For now, the brand new technology, codenamed X254, is obtainable with gentle hybrid petrol and diesel engines and two petrol PHEV variations. With an engine vary that features conventional variations, the brand new Mercedes GLC just isn’t meant to be a radical mannequin however one which goals to please a broad mass of shoppers.
Just like the outdated technology, the brand new GLC impresses with its experience consolation. With the air suspension current on the take a look at automobile, the GLC floats silently over most bumps. With the optionally available acoustically insulated home windows, the brand new Mercedes GLC is extraordinarily quiet. The 9-speed computerized gearbox shifts easily and shortly and harmonises completely with the GLC 220 d’s 2-litre diesel engine, which delivers vigorous torque between 1800 and 4000 rpm. Though the diesel engine is refined, it could’t fully conceal its working precept however the noise degree is not any extra disturbing than petrol engines that are much more audible at excessive masses. Petrol engines are additionally a bit of slower beneath 2500 rpm. Though they’ve greater most output, they don’t provide the identical confidence because of the most torque accessible at greater revs and the upper noise at greater revs.
Three gentle hybrids and two PHEV at begin
The Mercedes GLC debuts with two gentle hybrid petrol engines GLC 200 (204 hp) and GLC 300 (258 hp) and a diesel GLC 220 d (197 hp). Just a few days in the past, orders for the 2 Plug-In Hybrid petrol engines GLC 300 e (313 hp) and GLC 400 e (381 hp) additionally began. In December, the highest diesel with 269 hp will observe and subsequent spring the Plug-In Hybrid diesel with 335 hp.
All PHEV variations have a 31.2 kWh battery situated beneath the boot ground which gives distinctive electrical ranges of between 112 and 130 km in line with WLTP and the opportunity of charging at DC quick charging stations with as much as 60 kW.
The brand new technology is 60 mm longer and weighs round 150 kg extra relying on the model. Subsequently, the additional energy and torque are welcome and assist if you wish to tow a caravan (towable load of 2500 kg for diesel, 2000 kg for PHEV and 2400 kg for petrol). Additionally, the brand new trailer steering system is linked to the navigation system which, relying on the scale and weight of the trailer, takes under consideration slopes and bends radius when planning the route.
Agile steering and sensible off-road bundle
The brand new Mercedes GLC comes with variable steering help that’s relaxed across the centre place however turns into extra direct from a forty five diploma steering angle. Elective integral steering that rotates the rear wheels at a 4.5-degree angle within the reverse or the identical route because the entrance wheels relying on velocity reduces the steering diameter by 0.9 metres to 10.9 metres. In Sport mode, the air suspension vastly reduces physique roll and along with the dynamic steering ensures agile dealing with though the ESP system is tuned for security at the start fairly than for accentuated dynamics.
An off-road bundle gives 20 mm extra floor clearance and extra underguard safety. The Mercedes GLC just isn’t a real off-roader as a result of it has no lockable differentials or reductor, however the off-road mode of the ESP system offers good grip on tough roads. The air suspension raises the bottom clearance by as much as 50 mm and when going downhill there’s an help system to maintain the velocity fixed. A brand new characteristic is the 360-degree digicam that may see beneath the automobile. It’s a system much like Land Rover’s the place the driving force can see beneath the automobile but in addition the place of the entrance wheels.
Good ergonomics however high quality of supplies suffers in some areas
The seats provide vigorous lateral assist and the dashboard is acquainted from the C-Class together with the standard of supplies which isn’t worthy of a premium mannequin in all areas. Within the Mercedes GLC onerous plastic surrounds the steering column and huge surfaces on the door faces. There’s additionally a noticeable hole between the centre armrest upholstery and the plastic trim beneath. As an alternative, the inside house is beneficiant and the multimedia system with its generously sized portrait display permits straightforward operation due to the well-structured menus.
The boot quantity is 70 litres bigger, the rear backrest will be break up into three segments and folding the backrest creates a superbly flat floor with a beneficiant compartment beneath.
In PHEV variations, boot quantity drops to 460 litres as a result of the ground is mounted greater up because of the battery positioned above the rear axle.
Increased costs however higher normal tools
The brand new GLC 220 d begins at 60,238 euro, nearly 11,000 euro greater than the earlier technology. A small comfort is that the usual tools which was fairly sparse is now extra full with MBUX multimedia system with navigation, digital instrument cluster, Consolation seats, LED headlights, electrically operated tailgate however the help methods bundle remains to be optionally available in addition to the air suspension or the integral steering.