Mercedes-Benz has pulled the wraps off its 2020 GLC SUV ahead of its launch at the Geneva Motor Show.
The new 2020 GLC SUV is more stylish, better-equipped and comes fitted with the auto maker’s next-gen petrol and diesel engines. It also gets the AI-based latest generation of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system, together with the various drive assistance systems.
The new 2020 model bears a stark resemblance to the previous-gen model, in terms of looks, except some new exterior changes, like:
- New grille that comes with fluted inserts along with a black surface for the logo at the center
- New headlamps with LED units as standard with new LED DRLs
- New front bumper with a new chrome element
- New angular air intakes
There is a new color option available for the 2020 model, graphite grey and is also offered in four wheel options ranging from 17-19 inches. In addition, the tyres have optimized rolling resistance, the integrated exhausts get a sharp edged trapezoidal outline and the rear gets a revised set of LED tailamps with rectangular elements.
Coming to the interiors, the cabin has been updated to offer new trim options. The base line interiors are black in color and the center console gets either a piano lacquer finish or two new wood surface finishes (open-pore ash wood and walnut). There is a multi-functional steering wheel, together with a touchpad for the center console. As stated above, the biggest attraction lies in the addition of the AI-based MBUX system, which includes a digital instrument cluster and an infotainment screen with a wide bezel.
In order to access the MBUX system, a user has various methods to do so – there is a touchscreen display, gesture control, touch control buttons on the steering or via the touchpad on the center console. Additional feature is the presence of a camera in front of the rear-view mirror that helps capture the surroundings and shows info on the display.
Powering the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV are a new range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, namely the GLC 220d 4MATIC, GLC 3004MATIC and the GLC 300d 4MATIC, all mated with a 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox. Below are the various engine options:
- The 220d variant gets powered with the 2.0-litre diesel engine which makes 192bhp and 400Nm of torque
- The 300 4MATIC gets a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that generates 255bhp and 370Nm of torque
- Lastly, the 300d 4MATIC gets a 2.0-litre diesel engine that makes 241bhp and 500Nm of torque.
Good things never come to an end. Similarly, the new GLC SUV gets advance features like:
- Dynamic Body Control suspension with dampers which are adjustable infinitely for both the axles.
- Off-Road Engineering Package which adds a host of driving modes
- Driving Assistance Package which adds features like route-based speed adaptation, lane change assist and adaptive cruise control for emergency braking
The next-gen SUV is expected to go on sale in Europe towards the third quarter of 2019, whereas it might launch in India towards the end of 2019 or early 2020.