Mercedes-Benz’s compact crossover SUV, the GLK, is set to be retired this year.
It will be replaced by a newer, sleeker crossover known as the GLC.
While the vision is the same for this new Geländewagen – German for “off-road vehicle” and the source of the GL designation – the new GLC is loaded with new technology for a truly connected driving experience.
“Our new GLC represents a further, systematic step in the implementation of our successful SUV philosophy,” said Thomas Weber, a member of Daimler AG’s management board, and responsible for Mercedes-Benz car development in a press release.
“It combines the ultimate in driving comfort with a sporty touch, impresses on the road and — more than ever — off it as well, and appeals to the eye with the new design and equipment line,” he added.
The luxury SUV segment is very hot right now. And very competitive. Mercedes has a lot riding on the GLC being a success.
It's replacement is sleeker and shinier, to say the least. The 'C' designation joins it with Mercedes C-Class sedan lineup.
The traditional, truck-like off-road look has been replaced with a design that's a hybrid of sports car and SUV.
Outside of the car, those sensors can monitor traffic and warn drivers of potential collisions with bikes or pedestrians.
The exterior isn't strikingly different from the competition, so Mercedes is counting on features to set the vehicle apart.
The GLC was designed for versatility. It's supposed to look as comfortable in the country as the city.
From the rear, the vehicle's stance is broad, muscular, and athletic. This is direction that crossovers are headed in, as they distinguish themselves from old-school SUVs.
Here both the GLC 300 and GLC 300 4MATIC are pictured side by side. The 4MATIC is the all-wheel-drive version.
The GLC will hit showrooms this fall. A price has yet to be set, but it's expected to be similar to the GLK.
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