2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class SUV unveiled with hybrid engines

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the next-generation GLC midsize luxury SUV globally, and the SUV gets a new exterior and interior design, additional technology and hybrid engines. The SUV sits above the GLA-Class in Mercedes’ SUV offerings, and as the name suggests, the SUV is based on the same platform as the next-generation C-Class.

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The 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC has grown in size compared to its predecessor. The length of the SUV is now 4,716mm, up to 60mm longer than the outgoing model. The SUV’s wheelbase has also increased by 15mm to 2,888mm, freeing up more space inside the SUV’s cabin. While the width of the SUV remains unchanged at 1,890mm, the tire tracks are now 6mm wider at the front and 23mm at the rear, which will contribute to better driving dynamics. The international version of the SUV also sits 4mm lower, but we’ll have to wait and see how that will be readjusted to suit Indian roads once the new GLC arrives here. All of these dimensional and design changes also helped the drag coefficient (CD) drops from 0.31 to 0.29.

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC gets a complete external design overhaul, but retains the TBEN of the old GLC.

On the outside, the GLC retains the TBEN of older generations, while adapting an all-new design. The SUV gets a pair of differently shaped headlights, and between them the grille has also grown bigger and now has a more commanding presence, just like its older sibling, the GLE. The front bumper is also heavily reworked and gets an aggressive and attractive design, which also resembles that of the C-Class. At the rear, the new generation model gets much sleeker LED taillights, as opposed to the larger units of the latest model. The SUV also has a much longer overhang, giving its rear section a different shape and freeing up an additional 70 liters of boot space compared to its predecessor. The trunk capacity is now 620 liters and can be increased by folding the seats, which can be split 40:20:40.


The trunk of the new generation GLC increased by 70 liters.

The next-generation GLC also benefits from an all-new interior design and borrows many design cues and features from its sedan sibling, the C-Class. The SUV also benefits from a dual-screen setup on the dashboard that performs the latest generation MBUX operating system.


“With the new GLC, we are continuing a success story into the future. Since its introduction, 2.6 million customers have opted for a model from this popular SUV series. As the best-selling Mercedes-Benz model in over the past two years, it is one of the most important vehicles in our product portfolio,” said Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Head of Marketing and Sales.


The new GLC will only have mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid engines.


Mercedes-Benz will launch the next-generation GLC with only hybrid engines offered. At launch, the SUV will be offered globally in 6 different configurations. There will be 3 plug-in hybrid drivetrains, including two petrol and one diesel, and likewise 3 mild hybrid engine offerings. The displacement of all engines is 2.0 liters, but each combination provides a different set of horsepower and torque figures. The plug-in hybrid variants will come with a 31.2kWh battery which Mercedes says will deliver an all-electric range of over 100km, making it ideal for daily commutes around town. The battery can be charged from 0-100% in just 30 minutes on a 60kW DC fast charger, and if it runs out on the move, it can also be recharged using the motor. However, it is not confirmed which engine options will make it to India.

Mild hybrid drivetrains

Fuel Essence Essence Diesel
Shift 1999cc 1999cc 1993cc
output power 201 hp 254 hp 194 hp
Maximum torque 320Nm 400Nm 440Nm

Plug-in hybrid transmissions

GLC 300e 4MATIC GLC 400e 4MATIC GLC 300 from 4MATIC
Fuel Essence Essence Diesel
Shift 1999cc 1999cc 1993cc
Output Power (Combined) 309 hp 376 hp 330 hp
Maximum torque (combined) 550Nm 650Nm 750Nm
Battery capacity 31.2 kWh 31.2 kWh 31.2 kWh
Range (WLTP) 120 kilometers 120 kilometers 102 kilometers

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