By looking at the available pictures of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 through various websites, the car is stunningly beautiful. The pictures show that its exterior has been greatly updated as compared to the previous GLK version which sold remarkably well against some midsize luxury SUVs such as BMW X3, Lexus RX and Audi Q5. The GLC300 is a totally new entry to the family of Mercedes-Benz luxury crossovers when it comes to design and brand name. It will incorporate C-class features to make it more competitive. However, it will retain the power trail details of its predecessor.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 – Major Inspiration:
Being a C-Class luxury crossover, the GLC300 retains most of the generational modifications that were exhibited by the GLK version. A good example is the wood trim, stitched dashboard and high quality switches and knobs with satin-metal finishing. The rest of essential touches strewn all over the cabin speak of the level of quality that is beyond expectations. The seats are comfortable, the interior is quiet and cabin is big enough to allow up to 5 people.
Despite being about 200 lbs lighter than the previous version, GLC300 feels heavier in a pleasant way, like you would want an expensive watch to have a likable heft to it. A well-designed thing should feel a bit heavier and compact, and the GLC300 feels solid. The first thing you would notice when approaching the SUV would be its size which is a little bit larger than the previous version. The sedan is about 5 inches longer, 2 inches wider and more curvaceous than the angular and upright GLK.
The increased size on the outside directly translates into more interior space. 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 boasts of an additional 2 inches of elbow room, 2.2 inches of leg room on the second row of seats and about 17 percent more storage space behind the second row. The load floor has been increased by about 15 percent. Again, this is probably the only SUV that offers adjustable air suspension that can change both the ride height and firmness to suit driving intentions and conditions.
The GLC 300 is equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive suspension damping, power-folding mirrors, power lift gate, automatic wipers and LED daytime running lamps. The tires mentioned are all-season and the suspension damping neither is driver nor electronically controlled.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 – Under the hood:
Under the hood, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine capable of delivering up to 241 horsepower. Maximum torque is at 273 lb-ft, all of which is available within the speed rage of 1300 and 4000 rpm. The 4-pots delivery of power is smooth and effortless, and the manufacturer speculates that the sedan will be quicker than the previous version while going 20 percent further on a gallon of gas.
However, the new 8-speed automatic transmission might exhibit some rather unfavorable behavior, mostly in the form of mild thunk during throttle uptake when accelerating in slow-and-go traffic.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 – Expected Price and Release Date:
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 is expected to hit the market in the last quarter of 2016 and its price starts just below the $40,000 mark for a rear-wheel drive and an additional $2000 for all-wheel drive.