Mercedes-Benz is shaking up the luxury compact SUV class once again. This time, it’s replacing the GLK model with the all-new 2016 GLC. Along with the new name, the model will be longer, wider, and feature fresh styling features. We think you’re going to like it.
Why replace a model that offered such an impressive combination of versatility, design, and technology? Because at Mercedes-Benz, the best is never good enough. There is always room for improvement, more excitement, and more efficiency. Here at Mercedes-Benz of Daytona Beach we are always excited to hear about new models. It gives our sales people a chance to learn something new and share it with you.
Comfortably nestled in the C-Class, the new GLC is still in the final stages of development. That’s given automotive photographers a chance to take pictures of the camouflaged body. Those pictures confirm that the 2016 will have a beefier and more stylish look.
The GLC appears to have a longer wheelbase as well as a wider stance. Making the GLC larger than the GLK it is replacing may be a part of Mercedes-Benz’s overall strategy. They are planning a smaller GLA model in the crossover class, so they may want to further distinguish the GLC by making it roomier.
The bigger body should result in more interior space for passengers and cargo. It may also improve the driving dynamics of the vehicle. From a few of the interior photos, it’s clear that many premium design queues from the C-Class have been translated into the cabin of the GLC. The added size and comfort have the added impact of helping it compete better with the BMW X3 and The Audi Q5.
The featured base engine in the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC is expected to be the 2.0-liter engine currently found in the 2015 C 300. If that turns out to be the case, the GLC will deliver 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. For additional power, buyers will have the option of choosing a model powered by the current GLK’s turbocharged 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel engine as it is expected to remain in service.
Also, the 2016 GLC will offer the turbocharged V-6 3.0-liter engine that is currently found in the 2015 C 400. That engine delivers 329 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. To keep driving enthusiasts happy, Mercedes-Benz is developing a high-performance GLC 63. The AMG®-tuned and styled model may also have a sport version. Rounding out the fleet will be a plug-in hybrid.
Because the new C-Class lineup is now being manufactured at a Mercedes-Benz plant in America, it’s very likely that the GLC will be produced there as well. It makes sense because the compact SUV will now share the same mechanical package as the other vehicles in the C-Class. Since the GLC is being manufactured for international markets, there will also be a right-hand-drive version for export to the U.K., Japan, India, and Australia.
Learn More About the 2016 GLC at Mercedes-Benz of Daytona Beach
The all-new GL will debut as a 2016 model this fall in Daytona Beach, FL. We invite you to learn more about this exciting new development by visiting us here at Mercedes-Benz of Daytona Beach. You can also contact us online or call us at 855-627-5569