Our First Spin in a 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC Prototype

The brand new GLC’s wheelbase solely grows by half an inch, and whereas that is comparatively small, it does manifest inside as a extra spacious cabin. The impact, within the rear seats specifically, is enhanced by the slim shoulders of the entrance seatbacks, which give rear passengers an excellent view by to the entrance. Headroom and legroom are first rate within the entrance and two outer rear seats, with the center seat extra acceptable for kids or smaller adults.

The impression of consolation is additional bolstered by the aforementioned quiet of the inside within the robust circumstances of our take a look at drive. We’ll want to check it on the highway to be completely sure of those impressions, however based mostly on our early drive within the GLC, it will be much more serene than the very comfy outgoing mannequin.

How’s the GLC’s inside?

As a prototype, the GLC we’re driving and driving in is sporting inside trim coverings to maintain issues secret till its official reveal later this 12 months. It is not capable of cowl every part, although, and with so most of the features, each drive- and comfort-related, contained throughout the giant central display it needs to be uncovered whereas we drive it. What’s apparent is that Mercedes-Benz has lifted the GLC’s inside just about totally from the brand new C-Class, which isn’t any unhealthy factor. Meaning there is a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, which presents a level of configurability to fit your preferences. There’s additionally a 11.9-inch vertically oriented display located between the motive force and passenger.

What supplies and surfaces that may be reached underneath the covers reveal themselves to be of top of the range — comparable, once more, to the redesigned C-Class. Mercedes-Benz has but to announce the trim ranges, however we’re prone to see the GLC 300, GLC 300e and an AMG mannequin above these. The inside supplies and tools will change as you climb the vary, with the AMG mannequin sure to get extra sporting seats and trim. Visible packages such because the AMG Line from the prevailing GLC are prone to proceed to be supplied. We’ll affirm the GLC’s inside specification and choices once we pattern a manufacturing mannequin on the launch later this 12 months.

How’s the GLC’s tech?

Connectivity, leisure, infotainment and comfort options are all enhanced for the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC. That includes the second incarnation of Merc’s spectacular MBUX interface, that central touchscreen comprises every part from augmented reality-enhanced navigation to an Energizing Coach that alters a number of inside features to advertise well-being on a journey. A lot of that tech is non-compulsory, and Mercedes-Benz has but to substantiate normal tools, however connectivity by way of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will doubtless be normal throughout the vary. One of many extra attention-grabbing options is a 360-degree parking digicam, which additionally exhibits what’s underneath the physique when utilizing the off-road driving mode, to assist when driving the GLC on a path.

The management of all that tech is effectively built-in, with all key features simply accessed by way of the massive central touchscreen, with submenus for lesser used features proving comparatively fast and simple to seek out. The brand new steering wheel incorporates contact management surfaces permitting additional management of many features, in addition to what’s displayed forward of you on the digital instrument display. If that is an excessive amount of bother, saying “Hey Mercedes” and asking it to show up the warmth, change radio stations, name Mother or execute different instructions works fairly slickly, too. There are improved driver aids as effectively akin to expanded performance of site visitors signal recognition, an automatic parking system and a trailer help operate.

How are the GLC’s storage and towing?

The earlier GLC’s storage capability of 19.4 cubic ft wasn’t precisely class-leading. The brand new model’s cargo space grows to 21.1 cubes, which continues to be bested by a lot of its rivals.

Towing figures have not been launched but, but it surely’s not unreasonable to anticipate the brand new GLC to be broadly much like the prevailing mannequin, which once more trails one of the best of the competitors. If it isn’t huge, capacious or capable of tow as a lot as you’d prefer it to, Mercedes-Benz’s salespeople will fortunately level you within the course of the GLE, although for many small households, the GLC’s practicality will not be discovered missing in too many areas general.

How economical is the GLC?

Since we solely drove a prototype, we can’t present any official gas financial system figures. What we will say is that with the adoption of that 48-volt delicate hybrid tech with the built-in starter-alternator within the computerized transmission, the brand new GLC ought to return higher fuel mileage and emit fewer particulates than the automobile it replaces. The brand new plug-in hybrid mannequin’s beneficiant vary estimates ought to permit homeowners to do a large portion of their day by day driving with out ever needing the combustion engine.

Edmunds says

The present GLC has been a persistently robust performer towards its competitors, although it has been lately dethroned by the Genesis GV70 within the small luxurious SUV class. Based mostly on our restricted take a look at drive of the redesigned mannequin, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC may need what it takes to snag the crown as soon as extra.

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