After recently redesigning the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Mercedes-Benz is focusing on another very important model in its range and today presents the new 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300. A new gasoline engine with mild hybrid technology and a improved new generation of the MBUX infotainment system are among the highlights of the new GLC 300.
What’s new in the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300
Powertrain. The new Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 will be powered by a four-cylinder gasoline engine paired with a 48-volt battery and a second generation of the German automaker’s built-in starter generator. This engine delivers 255 horsepower (same as the current GLC 300) and 295 lb-ft of torque (+22 lb-ft over the current GLC 300) with an additional thrust of 23 horsepower and 143 lb-ft. of torque available thanks to the new integrated electric technology. The 2023 GLC 300 will hit 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds. Mercedes-Benz also talked about new plug-in hybrid engines, but no additional details were announced.
New suspension. The GLC 300 also receives a series of chassis upgrades. These include a new four-link front suspension and independent multi-link rear suspension, as well as an amplitude-dependent damping system. The end result is improved comfort and more dynamic handling, according to Mercedes-Benz.
Outside. The exterior design is certainly new, but MB’s designers haven’t revolutionized the overall visual signature of the GLC. The new headlights can be paired with the Mercedes-Benz DIGITAL LIGHT system for increased lighting performance. The exterior of the new GLC 300 has also significantly improved its aerodynamic profile with a new drag coefficient of 0.29 which should help reduce wind noise and make the Mercedes-Benz SUV more efficient.
Connectivity. The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC will feature the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz’s MBUX system, housed in a new dual-screen layout, standard on all GLC trims. The digital instrument cluster measures 12.3 inches while the central screen measures 11.9 inches and adopts the square format of recent Mercedes-Benz models like the redesigned S-Class. According to Mercedes-Benz, the MBUX’s voice commands have been improved to make natural conversation with the system easier and more enjoyable. It is also possible to connect the MBUX to our house to control functions inside it.
Interior. Mercedes-Benz says the GLC will be quieter than the current generation. Interior space is also improved thanks to a longer body (+60 mm). Additionally, the GLC adds 50 liters of cargo space for a total of 600 liters with all seats in place and a power tailgate will be standard.
Security. The 2023 GLC adds a few more safety features, including the DISTRONIC active distance assistant which can detect stationary vehicles up to 100 km/h and a new active steering assistant with added lane detection. The new GLC also gets an improved 360-degree camera.
Off road. Off-road capabilities will be enhanced with a new “transparent engine cover” feature enabled by the new 360-degree camera. This new technology will make it easier for the rider to navigate difficult trails by improving visibility. There is a new off-road driving mode and a new off-road driving screen that combines all relevant off-road driving data, such as inclination and grade. These features are standard on all GLC models.
Towing capacity. The new Mercedes-Benz GLC 2023 will have a new trailer menu in the MBUX system. This system will gather information about what is being towed to plan the most efficient towing route possible. An available Trailer Maneuvering Assist system makes towing with the GLC even easier.
The improvements made to the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC are certainly noteworthy. The arrival of the model, however, is not expected before spring 2023. We will keep you posted as soon as more information becomes available.