2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Debuts In Geneva With Mild Facelift
The refreshed Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class arrives offering buyers a premium crossover with a slightly different look and a whole lot more tech. The updated model debuts to the public at the Geneva Motor Show and goes on sale in Europe in the middle of the year. Americans have to wait until late 2019.
From the outside, the updated GLC-Class looks pretty familiar. The grille wears fluted inserts that add some visual texture to the vehicle's face. The lower fascia now has three, small rectangular sections at the bottom, and the corner intakes are more rectangular. LED headlights are standard, and the lamps have a smaller, more angular shape. At the back, the taillights feature rectangular lamps in them. The integrated exhausts have sharp-edged trapezoidal outline, instead of the existing more curvaceous appearance.
The GLC-Class is the latest Mercedes to gain the MBUX system that consists of a digital instrument cluster and infotainment screen in a wide bezel that spans much of the dashboard. New trim choices like Natural Grain Grey Oak and Natural Grain Walnut add a fresher look to the cabin. A revised multi-function steering wheel has new controls for using the updated infotainment system.
In the United States, buyers can select between the rear-wheel-drive GLC 300 and all-wheel-drive GLC 300 4Matic. Both of them come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 255 horsepower (190 kilowatts). A nine-speed automatic is the only gearbox choice for them.
In Europe, there are two gasoline-fueled options, and both of them use 48-volt mild-hybrid tech, which doesn't come on the American version. The base GLC 200 4Matic offers 194 horsepower (145 kW), and the GLC 300 4Matic has 255 hp (190 kW). In addition, there are three diesel choices: the GLC 200d 4Matic with 161 hp (120 kW), GLC 220d 4Matic with 192 hp (143 kW), and GLC 300d 4Matic with 241 hp (180 kW).
Mercedes also expands the GLC's range of optional equipment. Buyers can get the Dynamic Body Control adaptive dampers for a smoother ride. In addition, the Off-Road Engineering Package adds Off-Road and Off-Road+ driving modes. The Driving Assistance Package adds adaptive cruise control capable of braking to a stop, active steering assist, lane change assist, and route-based speed adaptation.