2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC New Diesel Engine
What has been known as the GLK-Class until recently, adopted a new moniker as part of Mercedes-Benz’s new naming strategy. Namely, the completely redesigned 2016 model has recently hit the dealerships bearing the GLC nameplate that reflects its connection with the C-Class. While the new GLC is currently produced at the Bremen facility in Germany, the latest reports suggest that the German automaker plans to expand production globally. As of 2017, some of the GLC vehicles will be built in Finland by Valmet Automotive contract manufacturer. Arriving only a year after the brand-new generation made its debut, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC will feature the same exterior and interior styling offered by the previous model. However, expect the 2017 model to introduce a new diesel engine to the North American market.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Release Date and Pricing
Official release date has yet to be released but we expect the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC to hit the showrooms in late 2016. The entry-level model is expected to be priced similarly as its predecessor that starts at $39,000. Of course, the new diesel-powered version will be considerably pricier than the standard gasoline model.
2017 GLC Design
Compared to the old GLK-Class, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC will be 4.7 inches longer, 2.0 inches wider, and 0.3 inch taller. As for the new sheet metal, it comes shaped more in line with the larger GLE SUV. The front fascia adopts a more aggressive look with a large three-pointed star in the center, while the profile features a stylish blend of an SUV and a station wagon. Thanks to its standard 18-inch alloy wheels, rocker extensions and a rear diffuser, the GLC boasts a sportier and more masculine look.
Inside the Mercedes-Benz GLC 2017, expect to see a bevy of high-end features and materials, including the finest leather upholstery and wood accents. Being considerably larger than the previous generation, the Mercedes-Benz’s latest SUV offers more than enough passenger space and improved cargo capacity. Naturally, the cabin design takes after the one seen in the C-Class to a large extent.
The base version of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. However, the US variant will be generating 30 ponies more than its European counterpart. Its power will be transmitted to either the rear wheels or all four wheels through a new 9-speed automatic transmission. As for the brand-new diesel option, it will come in the form of a 2.1-liter four-cylinder that’s already available in Europe. The company sources announce that a plug-in hybrid model is due to join the lineup in 2017 for the 2018 model year.