Despite being pretty much new, as it joined for the 2016 model year, Mercedes wants to keep the GLC-Class fresh. The actual model year brought the performance-focused AMG 63 version and GLC 350e plug-in hybrid. Mercedes also offered the Smartphone integration package and more standard features such as the heated wipers. However, Mercedes is now prepping the facelifted 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC.
The model is expected for the late-2018 debut and should bring changes inside and out. The interior will get upgrades and new components and exterior should feature usual mid-cycle updates. Mercedes is also expected to do some changes to the powertrain range.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC: Design
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC was spotted early in the year in the undisguised form but with the bodywork of the current version. No new prototypes caught on the roads in the meantime but we are sure that Mercedes won’t leave model’s exterior intact.
The refreshed GLC will again appear in the classic and coupe forms. The changes will be seen on the front and rear sections and the AMG-branded models will also sport unique styling elements. The models will get restyled headlights and taillights. The front and rear bumpers will also look different and performance versions will get the sportier design of them. We should also expect new wheel designs and attractive color combinations.
Changes will also be notable inside the cabin. Buyers will notice new steering wheel. Mercedes will also redesign the gauge cluster and the center screen but the GLC won’t go with the full glass cockpit.
The instrument cluster will be separated from the center touchscreen and low-spec models will get the traditional design. In upper grades, in front of the driver will be customizable digital setup with deeper bezels and the design very close to the F-Cell version.
The updated model will also offer attractive trim combinations and high-quality materials. The safety gear will also include the advanced collision avoidance systems and we should expect more to be standard features.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC: Powertrains
Mercedes won’t surely miss upgrading the powertrains of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC but no still exact details have been revealed.
The models outside the US will likely get the new 2.0-liter diesel engine with 195 horsepower. The 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol will likely remain the base engine in the US. It makes 241 hp and comes with the 9-speed automatic gearbox in the current version. The plug-in hybrid version will combine the electric motor and battery with the base engine for more powerful and torquier performance.
The AMG duo will have twin-turbocharged V-8 units under the hood combined with the sportier suspension and larger wheels. The AMG GLC 43 will use the 3.0-liter unit while the AMG 63 versions will exploit the 4.0-liter capacity engine. This version will also add limited slip differential and variable torque distribution.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC: Arrival, Price
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC is expected for the late in the year debut. The price and more precise details will appear closer to that date. Expect the base model again from low-40, 000.