Mercedes-Benz GLC: SUV and Coupé: new edition of two successful models

Jun 9, 2019   Vehicle Launch

The Mercedes-Benz GLC has been in the market for four years, and now the brand's most popular SUV model has been significantly refreshed with completely new engines.

Features of the new model now include a more stylish appearance, a new control concept, the infotainment system MBUX, innovative driving assistance systems and a new range of engines. The numerous upgrades also benefit the GLC Coupé, which combines the sportiness of a coupé with the practicality of an SUV. Both models will be in the showrooms of European dealers in summer 2019.

Both models are now equipped with LED High Performance headlamps as standard. Their contours have been significantly changed, and they are now smaller and flatter. This makes the torch-like outline of the daytime driving lights even more prominent, and the typical Mercedes-Benz light signature even more recognisable. MULTIBEAM LED headlamps are available as optional equipment. Redesigned all-LED rear lights are also included as standard.

The driving assistance systems have been considerably extended. Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and Active Steer Assist provide even more comfortable support to help the driver to keep a safe distance and steer. The speed is adjusted automatically ahead of bends or junctions. Active Steer Assist helps with forming an emergency corridor and with changing lanes. The risk of potential collisions can be reduced by the turn-off function of Active Brake Assist, by automatic braking if the driver fails to see oncoming traffic. Also new is Trailer Manoeuvring Assist, which provides assistance when manoeuvring in reverse.

A new range of engines: powerful efficiency

The GLC comes to the starting line with completely new engines. The following engine variants are available on market launch of the GLC SUV and GLC Coupé[2]:

GLC 200 4MATIC (145 kW/197 hp, 320 Nm
(combined fuel consumption 7.4-7.1 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 169-162 g/km)
GLC 300 4MATIC (190 kW/258 hp, 370 Nm
(combined fuel consumption 7.4-7.1 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 169-162 g/km)
GLC 200 d 4MATIC (120 kW/163 hp, 360 Nm
(combined fuel consumption 5.4-5.2 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 144-137 g/km)
GLC /220 d 4MATIC (143 kW/194 hp, 400 Nm
(combined fuel consumption 5.4-5.2 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 144-137 g/km)
GLC 300 d 4MATIC (180 kW/245 hp, 500 Nm
(combined fuel consumption 5.9-5.7 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 157-151 g/km).

The GLC and GLC Coupé are powered by the new generation of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. In the GLC 200 4MATIC and GLC 300 4MATIC the previous M 274 engine is replaced by the four-cylinder M 264, while the four-cylinder OM 654 diesel engine replaces the preceding OM 651.

The new engine generation is of great importance for reducing CO2 emissions, and is a systematic advancement with regard to lowering consumption. New technological features of the petrol engines are above all the variable CAMTRONIC valve timing, which heats up the exhaust system more rapidly, the twinscroll turbocharger and the 48 volt system with a belt-driven starter-alternator (EQ Boost). This increases agility, improves ride comfort and considerably lowers fuel consumption, as the system makes important hybrid functions such as "recuperation", "boosting" and "gliding" possible.

More stringent requirements and lower limiting values – the four-cylinder OM 654 diesel engine was designed with a view to further reductions in consumption and emissions, as well as lower operating costs and improved engine performance.

To reduce emissions as efficiently as possible, the most important exhaust aftertreatment components are arranged directly at the engine. Partly by virtue of the additional selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalytic converter with an ammonia slip catalyst (ASC) in the exhaust tract, and even in demanding driving situations, this engine already meets the Euro 6d standard (RDE/Real Driving Emissions Stage 2). This only becomes mandatory for new models from 1 January 2020, and for all vehicles one year later.

Major pillar in the SUV success story

With the GLK, Mercedes-Benz enriched the mid-size SUV segment with a bestseller in 2008. The model family has been known as the GLC since the premiere of the completely new generation in 2015, emphasising its positioning as an SUV in the C‑Class model family. The GLC Coupé was launched in 2016. 1.5 million of these mid-size SUVs have been sold to date.

At present Mercedes-Benz is successfully represented with seven models in the SUV segment (GLA, GLC, GLC Coupé, GLE, GLE Coupé, GLS, G-Class). The SUVs are a major structural pillar in the Mercedes-Benz product portfolio, and greatly contribute to the growth of Mercedes-Benz. To date more than six million customers have decided in favour of a Mercedes-Benz SUV.

The new GLC models will be delivered to dealers in mid-2019 (Europe, USA) and in autumn 2019 (China). The GLC SUV is produced in Bremen (Germany), Uusikaupunki (Finland) and Peking (China). The GLC Coupé is produced in Bremen.

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