Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is a compact luxury SUV introduced in 2015 for the 2016 model year that replaces the former Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class.
Under the vehicle naming scheme maintained by Mercedes-Benz, SUV's use the base name "GL", followed by the model's placement in Mercedes-Benz hierarchy. The "G" is for Geländewagen (German for off-road vehicle) and alludes the long-running G-Wagen. This is followed by the letter "L" that acts as a linkage with the letter "C"—the GLC being the SUV equivalent to the C-Class.
The GLC, like its predecessor, is currently assembled at Mercedes-Benz' plant in Bremen, Germany. Since the main GLC production site in Bremen already runs at full capacity, Mercedes-Benz have decided to expand the production capacity by utilizing Valmet Automotive plant at Uusikaupunki, Finland. The manufacturing of the GLC will start in Finland during Q1/2017.
The GLC-Class is available only in a five-door hatchback bodystyle with seating for five. Mercedes also plans a GLC Coupe, with four doors and a V6.
Power comes from a choice of 2-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol (same engine combined with the electric engine in the 350e hybrid) and 2.2-liter 4-cylinder turbo diesel engines in various power stages mated to a 9-speed (7 speed for the 350e hybrid) G-Tronic automatic transmission. 4MATIC all-wheel-drive is standard in some markets and optional in others. The GLC is 183.3in (4,656mm) long, 74.4in (1,890mm) wide and 64.5in (1,638mm) tall, with a track of 63.9in (1,623mm) in front and 63.7in (1,618mm) in the rear. Trunk volume is rated at 20.5cuft (580L).
In the German home market, the GLC250 4MATIC petrol version is joined by GLC220d 4MATIC and GLC250d 4MATIC diesel versions along with a plug-in hybrid version called the 350e, whereas only two models, the GLC300 and AMG GLC43, is available in the USA: