2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC Debuts:

Grows In Size, Gets Mild-Hybrid Tech

Mercedes-Benz might be moving toward an all-electric future by launching several new models such as the EQB, EQE, and EQS.

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Its top-selling automobile globally is the GLC premium compact crossover, which will be launching a new generation in 2023MY.

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It follows the launch of the mechanically-related 2022  C-Class car and comes with a variety of brand new features and improvements to stand up to its primary rivals, including the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. 

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The subtle but significant changes include, familiar but more exciting design, more oversized luggage and cabin space capacity, redesigned turbocharged mild-hybrid engine has more torque to cater to its North American market.

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Although it is a significant improvement in terms of technology and features, exterior modifications for GLC's exterior design tend to be more like an evolution than a complete revolution. 

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Exterior Design That Tricks The Eyes

The front is adorned with a more prominent grille, more powerful headlights, and air intakes that better match the family's activity. The body, though familiar, is more slender and longer in comparison to the car it replaces.

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Although these modifications could give the impression that the GLC is different.The one area where the two cars differ the most is length overall. The new model is 2.4-inches (60.96 millimeters) longer than the previous GLC in size, which is 185.7-inches (4,716 millimeters) in comparison to 183.3 (4,655 millimeters). 

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The car is also 0.16 millimeters (4mm) less wide, and the wheelbase is a hair wider (+0.6-inches, which is +15mm) at 113.7-inches (2,888 millimeters). The width remains unchanged at 74.4 inches (1,890mm). In addition, the track is larger by .24-inches (6.09 millimeters) in the front and .91-inches (23.11 millimeters) at the back.

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The extra length and the larger rear track result in an additional 2.5 cubic feet (70.7 L) worth of cargo space to the back of GLC. This amounts to an overall volume of 21.9 cu. ft. (620.1 L). Each other dimension is just a fraction of an inch different from the old GLC. 

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The large 11.9-inch touchscreen infotainment unit is in the front, along with a 12.3-inch display that replaces the gauge cluster. The door and dash panels are in line with the high-tech design.

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Updated High-Tech Interior Design

Mercedes continues to offer what they call "floating" features like the control of the seat and display screens that appear to be separated from the trim around them. The cabin space is almost identical to the previous model. 

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One of the most significant changes is that the front seat passengers have six fewer millimeters (15mm) of headroom, and the other dimensions are just a fraction of an inch difference.

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The area where the new GLC will most likely shine the brightest is technological advancements. The two screens mentioned are standard equipment and major improvements over the old car. 

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Technology Trickles Down To The GLC

You can utilize information from the center console that allows them to observe a virtual image of the vehicle's front, including the wheels and the direction of the steering. This will allow for safer off-roading since it makes it easier to steer clear of obstructions. You must connect the 360-degree camera to the GLC to gain an open hood.

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New technology:  the transparent hood

The basic GLC 300 will come with rear-wheel drive, and Mercedes is yet to announce the price, but we're expecting it to begin at around $45,000. 

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A Simple Trim And Package System

Every GLC that is not an AMG in the States is equipped with the identical 2.0-liter 4-cylinder motor that comes with an electric mild hybrid system of 48-volts. It produces 258 horsepower (192 horsepower (192 kW)) along with 295 lb-ft (399 Nm) of torque.

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Its GLC 300 4MATIC adds an all-wheel drive. Both cars are equipped with an automatic transmission that has nine speeds. They also have a 0-60 mph (96 km/h) speed of 6.2-seconds. Mercedes claims the GLC is electronically restricted to 130 MPH (209 km/h). 

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For instance, a new parking package incorporates both the features that come with Active Park Assist along with the option of a 360-degree camera. 

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This package comes with essential safety tools like adaptive cruise control, active steering assistance, and traffic sign assistance. A different package, Guard 360, adds 24/7 monitoring of your vehicle like LoJack and comes with tow-away protection.

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Although we'll need to wait for more information about the US-bound models, it is probable that models that are destined for Europe will be available soon. The European market will come with greater options as of now. 

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Additionally, expect the performance-orientated AMG models that will most likely use the same hybrid 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo powertrains announced for the junior 402 HP C43 and +500 HP C63 AMG sedans to follow for both markets in the coming months.

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