In honour of the recent spy shots of the brand new Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV, we’ve been doing some digging to find out everything we can about the upcoming release. Set to hit the market in early 2022, the new GLC has so far only been seen out and about in full camouflage, leaving the rest to our imagination.
Despite the heavy disguise the vehicle was wearing in recent spy shots, there are a few things we know from both the overall look and from what Mercedes have told us so far. This includes:
- The 2022 edition of the GLC will be larger than it’s predecessor
- The interior will be inspired by the S-Class models
- The safety technology has seen a considerable upgrade
- New infotainment features will be available
- There will be more hybrid engine options
- AMG versions are expected to follow
In terms of styling, the new spy shots of the new GLC model suggest that it will be lower than existing versions, but longer with sharper, slimmer features, including the headlights. This is in keeping with the somewhat triangular features that a significant number of Mercedes Benz vehicles are starting to get. The large grille is set to stay, with potentially different inserts dependent on the trim level chosen but beyond these features, the exterior is still somewhat of a mystery.
The interior of the vehicle has been kept under wraps too, but it’s expected that the GLC will miss out on the MBUX Infotainment system and instead, will feature a large tablet-like touchscreen system like the 2020 Mercedes S-Class. The layout is expected to be similar, but with new features yet to be announced. Buyers can also expect the same high-quality Artico leather upholstery as standard, as is typical for Mercedes vehicles.
Despite the world’s move to electric vehicles, the 2022 GLC will still have petrol and diesel engines available, though likely with a step-up from the existing 2.0-litre four-cylinder and 3.0-litre six-cylinder engines available in existing models. However, it’s expected that the GLC will have at least a hybrid option, offering better economy than the existing models, particularly with high-performance AMG options.
With the release of the Mercedes EQC, buyers can expect that there will be no fully-electric GLC option in 2022, with the EQC acting as the fully-electric option instead. The recent release of the plug-in hybrid GLC 300 e, however, gives us hope for a renewed version in the future.
For buyers already interested in buying this vehicle upon it’s release, experts are suggesting that the new 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC will cost a fair bit more than the existing version. This could mean that the £40,000 starting point will become a £60,000 starting point if Mercedes continue their pricing patterns. This will see the 2022 GLC become a direct rival with the BMW X3, the Audi Q3 and the Volvo XC60.
While exact details are still under tight wraps, we are always keeping our eyes out for any updated information. For more information about Mercedes vehicles or to book your existing Mercedes in for a service or repairs with our experts, feel free to get in touch with us directly, today.