The 2022 Mercedes GLC unveils its new hybrid technology

The new Mercedes GLC retains almost the same look as its predecessor, but is easily distinguished from the front by its lights which taper inwards to join the grille.

The new Mercedes GLC is available for the first time as a mild or plug-in hybrid, with an electric range of over 100 kilometres.

With more than 2.6 million units sold since 2008, the Mercedes GLC is the brand’s best-selling vehicle in the world. The new model picks up where the old GLC left off, hoping to further establish itself in the all-important premium SUV market. Again, it competes with excellent rivals including the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60, but further afield even purely electric SUVs such as the Audi Q4 e-tron, Tesla Model Y and the Kia EV6 are now in the game.
The design of the new Mercedes GLC is a case of evolution rather than revolution when comparing it to the outgoing model, however, there are plenty of changes to give it a new look. The most striking innovation at the front are the new headlights, which are now narrower and extend into the new grille. The latter is wider and more imposing, and has subtle cutouts at the two upper corners.

In profile, the German SUV’s design features new lines, while body-coloured wheel arch trim is now available for the first time on the GLC. The design of the rear is familiar, it has evolved slowly from the old model. The lights are similar to those of the Mercedes C-Class.
Front and rear track widths increase by 6mm and 23mm respectively, but across the body the new model is actually no wider than its predecessor. As for the length, with its 4.71 meters, the new GLC is 60 mm larger than the old model. Much of its extra length is due to a longer rear overhang, a move Mercedes claims to be practical, with a boot that’s now 50 liters larger than before (600 litres).

New technologies

On board, the GLC adopts a C-Class-inspired revolution. The aging interior of the old model has been updated and the new look features a wing-shaped dashboard, with a large center console curved. An 11.9-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen and a chain of tactile switches, angled towards the driver, are also present.

Within the button chain is a fingerprint scanner, allowing different drivers to log into their own personalized MBUX profile. The MBUX touchscreen updates automatically, keeping vehicle systems and functions up to date. This capability also allows new optional features to be installed on the car by purchasing them in the Mercedes Me Store app.
Ahead of the driver is a configurable 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, which can be supported by an optional head-up display. Among other new infotainment options, the GLC offers the Newsflash system which expands the functionality of the Mercedes Me voice assistant. It includes personalized news bulletins from a selection of news sources, read aloud by the assistant on demand.

From launch, the new GLC offers two trim levels. The Avant-garde model kicks off the range with slightly more understated exterior styling, while the more upscale AMG Line model brings a sportier look and larger alloy wheels as standard.
All versions of the new German SUV come standard with a 9-speed automatic transmission and Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system, while power comes exclusively from a range of 2-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. Petrol and diesel models with 48-volt assist are joined by a two-motor plug-in hybrid offering. Both use the same 31kWh battery alongside an electric motor producing 134hp and 440Nm of torque. Mercedes claims each model can travel more than 100 km on battery power alone and can travel at speeds of up to 140 km/h without using the motor. As for prices, the entry-level starts at 60,700 euros with the possibility of offering some additional equipment as an option.

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Each model has its own form of electrification

To ensure the new GLC has the tools in its arsenal to stay competitive, Mercedes has given each model some form of electrification. It is available as a 48-volt mild hybrid and as a plug-in hybrid with a duo of two powertrains. In diesel, or petrol, both versions use the same 31 kWh battery alongside an electric motor producing 134 hp and 440 Nm of torque. Mercedes claims each model can travel more than 100 km on battery power alone and can travel at speeds of up to 140 km/h without using the motor. All versions of the new German SUV come standard with a 9-speed automatic transmission and Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system, while power comes exclusively from a range of 2-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engines.

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