What to expect: 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC

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Mercedes-Benz GLC is the brand’s best-selling SUV in Australia and the new version is due next year.

A new Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV is in development and set to be launched in 2022. The GLC is a very important car for the brand and it’s expected that the next-generation model will play host to Mercedes’ newest technology, in terms of both infotainment and electrification.

Inside, the interior will share many parts with the latest Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the car on which the GLC is based. There’ll be a large portrait touchscreen taking up most of the centre console, resembling a freestanding tablet device. All models will also get a crisp digital instrument cluster, while AMG Line models will be fitted with a smart six-spoke steering wheel.

The new GLC will borrow from the Mercedes S-Class in terms of look and feel, despite costing at least half the price. Mercedes will hope that helps sway buyers away from rivals like the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Lexus NX. The GLC won’t be short of competitors, with other cars like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Jaguar F-Pace also vying for the business of customers looking for upmarket SUVs.

While not many details have been confirmed about the engine range yet, the GLC should benefit from increased electrified options. Nearly all petrol and diesel models will feature 48-volt mild-hybrid technology with an integrated starter-generator, and the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models will feature a greater electric range than the current ones. Mercedes should keep its lineup of petrol and diesel-engined PHEVs; it’s the only manufacturer to offer a diesel plug-in hybrid.

Mercedes-Benz Australia cannot yet confirm details on the local model, but says to expect an arrival later next year. Beyond the new GLC, expect an update or something new with everything from convertibles and off-roaders to MPVs and ultra-luxurious cars. Many of these will be electric, although the next GLC will still be on a platform that can only support limited electrification.

Ben Custard

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