SUVs are a growing trend in the automotive world thanks to their versatility and the ample interior space that defines them and accommodates passengers traveling in them.
This topic has been discussed on other occasions in this portal, and it has already been mentioned that SUVs are rising.
Mercedes is a company that had to and still needs to lead this movement, and they are aware of this.
As evidence of this, in this issue of Motorbli, we will discuss the Mercedes GLC, paying particular attention to the vehicle’s specifications and its cost.
And while it is true that “this model is one of the best-selling and most recognized of the German brand of the star,” this accomplishment would not have been possible without the model being subjected to a great deal of evolution throughout its history to make it what it is today.
After this brief introduction that places everything into context, it is time to get right into the meat of the matter and put the magnifying glass on the following aspects of the Mercedes GLC: the internal history that hides, how is its exterior design, the mechanical structure that equips each of its versions, what offers the driver in terms of interior equipment, for how much money you can buy, and other models that are comparable to its competitors that operate in its niche.
It all started in 2008 when someone in Germany had the foresight to realize that this particular automobile model was going to be the standard-bearer in the years to come.
As a demonstration, they introduced the GLK, the first compact SUV whose name precisely corresponds to the letter K. (compact class translated into Spanish).
However, this premiere generation was completed in 2015, marking the beginning of a significant revolution accompanied by a new design philosophy and a different vocabulary.
This date also marked the end of the previous generation.
From that point forward, people started referring to the GLC by its full name, and the C was used to denote only the Mercedes C-Class lineup, which the GLC is a part of.
From that point on, it took off like a rocket, eventually becoming one of the most popular products sold by the German company.
That is correct; more recently, in 2019, it is undergoing a new renovation to preserve and improve its appeal to consumers, which includes a slight change to the exterior appearance, advancements as far as mechanics are concerned, and upgrades to the internal equipment.
It measures 4.65 meters in length, 1.89 meters in width, and 1.65 meters in height and has a wheelbase of 2.87 meters; these dimensions are more than sufficient to welcome up to five passengers with open arms. When you see it, you undoubtedly get a sense of comforting familiarity.
It has a sizable grille up front, in which the brand’s logo is decorated in a sizeable manner, and it has a large opening.
It is also important to note that the area of the underbody presents protections and unpainted moldings, both of which contribute to a more country-style appearance.
A Mercedes can’t be lacking in luxury and elegance, and LED lights are the source of these qualities.
The front and the back have large alloy wheels wrapped in tires, and chrome trim, which can also be found along the edges of the windows and the door handles.
To conclude, the trunk of this vehicle has a storage capacity of up to 550 liters, but that number can be increased to 1,600 if the seats in the second row are folded down.
To this day, it is obtainable with in-line engines that have either four or six cylinders and a block with eight cylinders arranged in a V configuration.
The variety is even greater if you consider the fuel, as it offers three diesel models, five gasoline models, and two plug-in hybrid models in this regard.
If that wasn’t enough, there are also two plug-in hybrid versions (diesel and gasoline).
The gasoline models, the GLC 200 and the GLC 300, each have a two-liter engine driven by the EQ BOOST system at a rate of 197 or 250 horsepower, respectively.
On the other hand, these systems share a 10 kW energy delivery and recovery system and a 48-volt electric system.
They can boast an ECO certification from the Dirección General de Tráfico for all these reasons (DGT).
Although the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 and 63 have 367 and 476 horsepower, respectively, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4Matic + has the most power at 510 horsepower, making it the most athletic of the GLC models.
Alternating between thirds, the diesel ones have a 2.0-liter block that is supercharged, producing 163 horsepower and consuming 5.9 liters of fuel for every one hundred kilometers driven.
The GLC 200d has a maximum output of 194 horsepower, while the GLC 300d has a maximum output of 245 horsepower and consumes approximately 6.4 liters of fuel for every one hundred kilometers traveled.
What does not change between them is a 9G-Tronic gearbox with nine gears and a torque converter, which transmits the power to the surface through a 4Matic permanent all-wheel drive system.
Finally, among hybrid vehicles, there is the GLC 300 e 4Matic, which has a combined power output of 320 horsepower and an electric range rated at a distance of 50 kilometers.
The 4Matic GLC 300 has a power output of 306 horsepower and an electric field that is placed at a distance of 45 kilometers.
Nevertheless, even though Mercedes indicates that it is a guarantee off the asphalt, the reality is that it is not a car to take it to the limit in off-road scenarios far, as it contains 19.9 degrees of entry angle, 14.1 degrees of exit angle, and 12.1 degrees in the ventral, which is a significant distance from the most practical SUVs.
Having said that, it does include driving functionality that will put your knowledge to the test in this regard, in addition to intelligent descent control.
This product’s signature quality and feel can be found thanks to appropriate materials and the meticulous attention to detail that the assembly process merits.
It is important to note that during the aforementioned renovation in 2019, various technological advancements and advancements related to the multiple systems were implemented.
Having said that, there are currently four distinct designs and sets of equipment that can be purchased: Basic, Exclusive, AMG Line, and Off-Road Line.
This progression enables you to go from a more straightforward technological load to a more sophisticated one, from a simple exterior look to an elegant one, until you reach a more country or sporty one.
This progression also enables you to go from a simple technological load to a sophisticated one.
In terms of its systems, it has a digital instrument cluster, a different infotainment system that can be controlled by voice command, the MBUX with a 10.25-inch touch screen, keyless access, and start, a sunroof, matrix LED headlights with intelligent lighting, a camera with a view that encompasses the entire vehicle, and smartphone connectivity.
In addition, you can customize it with carbon fiber and wood for the interior trim moldings, a panoramic glass roof, heated sports seats with heating, ventilation, and electric adjustment, and more.
The price of the Mercedes GLC in its most affordable configuration starts at around 52,000 $ if you don’t consider any discounts or special offers.
On the other hand, if you want more features and equipment, then it stands to reason that the total cost will go up.
The price of gasoline begins at a level of close to 54,000 $.
The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4matic with 510 horsepower can be purchased for a price that is neither higher nor lower than 124,800 $, depending on the buyer’s level of recklessness.
After going over all of the specifics of the Mercedes GLC, one ought to broaden their perspective and briefly contrast their performance with that of a different vehicle in the same category.
We will remain in the nation of Germany to discuss a brand that, like Mercedes, adheres to a philosophy comparable to that of Audi.
The current iteration of the Audi Q5, which is the second generation, received a significant facelift in the year 2020.
At first glance, you can see that its lighting is a combination of OLED technology (from behind) and Matrix LED, and if you dig a little deeper, you can discover that its wheelbase is 2.82 meters, which means that it is slightly narrower inside than the GLC.
There is not much of a distinction between the two models in terms of the trunk capacity, which ranges from 550 to 1,550 liters, as well as the digital instrument panel that measures 12.3 inches, connectivity for mobile devices, and voice control made possible by Alexa, the Amazon assistant.
Micro-hybrid mechanics are now available with 12 and 48 volts and a plug-in hybrid engine TFSIe.
These improvements were made possible as a result of a comprehensive renovation that took place over the previous year.
As a result of this renovation, all versions have been sold on the market since last year with an ECO label and ZERO emissions as a standard.
In addition to that, the entire lineup comes standard with Quattro ultra all-wheel drive.
The prices are also very comparable to one another. Consequently, a factor such as the design aesthetics, the presence of OLED in the lights, and the offroad performance of each vehicle (slightly higher in the Q5’s case) can make the difference in favor of the Q5 a priori.
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