Mercedes GLK is one of the cars that gets name change for the next generation. And the German carmaker just unveiled the second generation of GLK which is now dubbed GLC. I have a good news that is now Mercedes GLC comes with right-hand drive version, unlike its older bro. It means that UK, Indonesia, Australia, and many other countries with right-hand drive can get the GLC.
The new SUV is totally different to the GLK which has boxy design and sharp lines. Now GLC comes up with curvy design that makes it less tough for an SUV. Up front, we can recognize it as a Mercedes-Benz because it has current company’s design language, such as short overhang, a big three-pointed-star on the grille, and LED High Performance headlights.
At a glance, it looks like Mercedes GLA. But I like its face. For me, it look is more handsome than BMW X3, Lexus NX, and Porsche Macan. At the rear, Mercedes designer put LED taillights that at a glance look like C-Class Estate, but it’s bigger. The line design is muscular without sculpted aggressive lines and features dual-exhaust.
The interior has nice and clean design. Looks elegant and luxurious. Some elements are borrowed from latest C-Class and GLE SUV. The instrument panel is sweeping from center air vents to the armrest. In the center console, there’s a touchpad that can be operated with finger gesture. Another good news from the GLC is about cargo capacity. The car’s rear bench features a 40/20/40 split. You can increase the capacity by locking backrests at a steeper angle. So, the total of load capacity increasing to 1,600 liters.
The 2016 Mercedes GLC features 4MATIC permanent all-wheel-drive with a basic drive torque split of 45% to 55% (front-rear). When you drive on off-road track, GLC’s Rocking Assist Program will raise the car by 50 mm and increase the wheel-slip control threshold. The SUV has other off-road programs, such as Off Road, Incline, and Trailer.
For the powertrain, Mercedes offers petrol, diesel, and hybrid engines. For the petrol, there are GLC 300 and GLC 300 4MATIC which are powered by 4-cylinder 2.0 liter produces 241 hp and 370 Nm. Meanwhile the diesels are GLC 220d which has 2.1 liter producing 168 hp, and GLC 250d that has same capacity but it produces 201 hp. These engines are mated to 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with 9-speed. The hybrid engine is badged GLC 350e to get petrol engine which has 208 hp combines with a 114 hp electric motor and mated to 7G-TRONIC Plus 7-speed automatic transmission.
Text: Andhika Pradityo