2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC Spied With Minimal Camouflage
The spy video reveals both exterior and interior styling updates
- Except for the revised front profile, the updated SUV looks largely similar on the outside to the existing model.
- Likely to share powertrains with the C-Class facelift.
- Expected to debut at 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March.
The new GLC looks largely similar to the existing model except for the front fascia, which looks more chiselled and inspired by its elder sibling the GLE. A big visual change could be the upside-down front grille which is wider at the bottom, making the nose look more upright. It also gets new multi-reflector LED headlamps (like C-Class facelift) along with redesigned LED DRLs.
The side and rear profile, as mentioned before, remain unchanged except for a set of revised tail lamps.
Similarly, on the inside, the updated GLC looks largely identical to the outgoing model. However, it does feature some modern bits like touch-based controls on steering and a digital instrument cluster, as we have already seen on the facelifted C-Class sedan. It continues to get a floating display for infotainment, instead of a connected single frame display for the instrument cluster and infotainment, like other modern Mercedes-Benz cars.
The updated GLC is expected to share its powertrain with the C-Class facelift. In India, the facelifted C-Class is available with two engine options: a 2.0-litre diesel and a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol. The 2.0-litre diesel engine makes 194PS and 245PS on the C 220 d and the C 300 d version, respectively. The 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, on the other hand, develops 184PS under the hood of the C 200. All three engines are mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission.
The current GLC is available with a 2.2-litre diesel and a 2.0-litre petrol. While the diesel engine makes 170PS, the petrol motor is good for 245PS. Both the motors are mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission.
The updated GLC is expected to debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March. So, it is likely to come to India by the end of 2019 or early 2020. Once launched here, it will renew its rivalry with the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Volvo XC60, Lexus NX 300h and the Range Rover Evoque. Prices are expected to remain similar to the current model which is priced from Rs 50.90 lakh to Rs 56.56 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
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