THE NEW MERCEDES-BENZ GLC IS HERE!
When it comes to car design, manufacturers love to throw out words that, if spoken outside the context of cars would sound ridiculous. Wait, I think it sounds ridiculous no matter the context. Take the new Mercedes-Benz GLC for example, words sound as ‘sensual purity’ are used to describe how carefully the “…interplay of aesthetics, agility and intelligence…” were considered in the design. It is also described as standing for “modernity, strength and versatility.” Ya look, all that stuff goes straight over my head. All I know is that the new GLC looks good, both in standard and Coupé guise.
WHAT’S NEW ON THE GLC?
Both models see new LED HIGH Performance headlights as standard. You can opt for Multibeam LED headlamps instead though. The rear has also seen redesigned LED lights which are also standard.
As standard, both versions of the GLC feature the learn-capable infotainment system Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX). Its strengths include intuitive control using a variety of inputs such as touch control, gesture control (with the help of the MBUX Interior Assistant) and the optimised voice control system (“Hey Mercedes”) as standard.
A few driving assistance systems have also been added to the range. Active Distance Assist Distronic and Active Steer Assist provide support to help the driver 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.
THE BIGGEST NEWS
The new GLC has brand new engines on offer. Both the GLC and GLC Coupé are powered by the new generation four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. There is the 220d, 300d and 300 up for grabs. The GLC300 has a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine producing 190 kW and 370 Nm of torque while the 300d sees a 2.0-litre turbodiesel produce 180 kW and 500 Nm. The 220d is the same 2.0-litre turbodiesel unit but produces 143 kW and 400 Nm.
PRICING OF THE NEW GLC
GLC 300 4MATIC: R842 800
GLC 220 d 4MATIC: R786 100
GLC 300 d 4MATIC: R825 100
GLC 300 Coupe 4MATIC: R985 300
GLC 220 d Coupe 4MATIC: R929 600
GLC 300 d Coupe 4MATIC: R964 200
WHAT DO I THINK?
Well I only got to sit in the new GLC as a passenger for about 30 minutes as we raced to get to another meeting, so I can’t really tell you what I think just yet. But never fear, because I shall get it on test soon where you will be treated to one of my very entertaining videos. If you need more info in the meantime, head on over to the CARmag website. Or you can always call on me and I will ask the guys at CAR magazine for you. Just kidding, I will know the answers. So holla at a sista: YouTube channel, Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram.