All-New 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC: This Is It!

The first images of Mercedes-Benz’s new GLC that replaces the squared GLK compact SUV have trickled on the web.

A rival to Audi‘s Q5, BMW’s X3 and Volvo’s XC60, the GLC was introduced today during a special event in Stuttgart, Germany, and will go on sale in Europe later this year, with North America to get the SUV in mid-November, at as of yet, undisclosed prices.

And unlike the outgoing GLK, the new GLC will be made available to right-hand drive markets, including, of course, Britain.

Linked to Mercedes‘ C-Class series – hence the change in the name from GLK to GLC, the SUV rides on a longer wheelbase version of the sedan’s Modular Rear Architecture and will be offered in Europe with a starting lineup of three engines.

These include the diesel-powered GLC 220d 4Matic with 168hp (0-62mph or 100km/h in 8.3 sec and 56mpg UK), and GLC 250d 4Matic with 201hp (0-62mph or 100km/h in 7.6 sec and 56mpg UK), and the petrol GLC 250 4Matic with 208hp (0-62mph or 100km/h in 7.3 sec and 43mpg UK).

In North America, the GLC will launch this fall as the rear-wheel drive GLC 300 and all-wheel drive GLC 300 4Matic, which should have the same 241hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four as the C300 sedan – we’re still waiting for Mercedes‘ to release US specs.

Additional powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid variant and AMG models, will follow later on.

Update: Full gallery and details here

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  • Gustavo Adriano

    One more time I have to say that these tailights are horrible. It’s seems like they are falling from the trunck door. And this front “I think I’ve already saw in Mercedes Cars”… Where is the creativity?

    • GreenApple18r


  • atomicbri

    While different from the outgoing model, this one seems more of the same from Mercedes. The interior is same one in all the A/C/CLS type class vehicles, so doesn’t seem new since we’ve seen this several times (But quality, I am sure, as the others are). Looks like a shrunken M or GLE or whatever they are renaming everything that is an SUV/CUV.

  • NG212

    This looks like a lifted C-Class wagon, which isn’t an insult, but the opposite of one. The C wagon has been widely praised for its handsomeness. The GLC has the most attractive tailgate in the Mercedes SUV lineup. And they’ve finally built an SUV with a beautiful cabin.

    The move away from the GLK’s boxiness should surprise no one. BMW also made the X3 less edgy in its second generation. Why? This segment is big business. The GLK’s boxiness polarized buyers, including many women. This vehicle is likely to outsell the GLK on that basis alone.

    This isn’t meant to be an exciting segment. Most buyers in this class aren’t exciting people. But based on this evidence and early press ride-alongs, the GLC is set to be more competitive against the Q5, X3, Acura RDX, and Lexus NX than the GLK ever was.

    • GreenApple18r

      You always say the right thing.

      • NG212

        That’s very kind. If only everyone felt that way. I wouldn’t be surprised if people start trolling you for saying that.

        “No he doesn’t… He’s an idiot.”

        Have a good day.

        • GreenApple18r

          I mean it. I hope it doesn’t creep you out, I came across your comments on another site and it seems you have nice taste in other things as well. You have a nice day too.

          • NG212

            I don’t think it’s creepy. I think it’s nice. And I appreciate it.

            Was it Sire’s blog or WB? And if it was, then yes, I do have nice taste. Take care.

    • MarketAndChurch

      “And they’ve finally built an SUV with a beautiful cabin.”

      It’s been a long time coming, but for all of us hopefuls, we always knew it was just a matter of when. I don’t like the navigation screen but that’s just a minor personal digression because the rest of the cabin will be a very comfortable place to spend time in, especially for young families and those making a career for themselves.

  • Akira

    So it’s an obese C-class estate.

  • Eunos

    I like it a lot, but still, I would choose GLA over this if it’s up to looks

    • NG212

      That’s fair, but the GLA has less space, a lower-quality cabin, and rides on a worse platform. From an engineering standpoint, the new C-Class family is far better than the A-Class family. For me, that’s more than enough of a reason to upgrade.

  • europeon


    GLK was a much more interesting and better looking car.

  • Ilbirs

    As said before, it looks much better than the GLA and still keeps some GLK cues, like the slant of the rear quarter window, but rounded to keep coherence with the rest of the lines.


    Germans dont build good looking suvs…..all look the same and too conservative.

  • BlackPegasus

    Let soccer moms and Pier 1 shoppers rejoice. 😒

    • NG212

      And yuppies. And young families. This is a segment about selling as many units as possible and making money.

      Success isn’t whether enthusiasts are excited. It’s whether the vehicle is as competitive as the other vehicles in its class.

  • INDAV 2.0

    I like it…surely it’s better than the GLKbox

  • Cmd + C, Cmd +V… Plus I still want to take off the F****** screen that looks like a cheap tablet added at the last minute.

  • TheBelltower

    I really like this.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Wow, another luxury CUV! Game changer!

  • Miroku

    I personally like it

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