Well, the rumors were true. Mercedes will launch the next-generation GLC crossover on June 1. The company previews the model’s debut with a rear teaser that doesn’t show much on its own, but a few tweaks in the photo editor reveal a good chunk of it. styling.
The new GLC draws design inspiration from the new C-Class, which should come as no surprise as the two share their underpinnings. Mercedes says the new GLC will sport a fully digital cockpit with “extended standard equipment.” The crossover will have “variable space,” which will likely feature sliding second-row seats. It will also include the brand’s MBUX infotainment system.
The GLC will also borrow its powertrains from the new C-Class. Electrification will play a big role here, with Mercedes offering both mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. Mercedes will offer three PHEVs, which will offer more than 62 miles (100 kilometers) of all-electric range and reach speeds of up to 148 miles per hour (238 kilometers per hour) with just the electric motor. Mercedes will make its 4Matic all-wheel-drive system standard across the GLC lineup.
The new GLC platform sees the size of the crossover increase over the outgoing model, resulting in a larger trunk space with more headroom and legroom. Mercedes will help drivers manage that extra length with rear-wheel steering, which the company offers as an option, as well as air suspension.
Earlier this year, we were able to drive a prototype that gave us hope that the new GLC would be a vast upgrade over the current-gen model. The company’s most popular model will come with plenty of standard tech, with even more available in the options list, like the 360-degree camera.
Mercedes will roll out the regular GLC variants before revealing the high-output AMG versions. While the crossover has a June 1 debut date at 5 p.m. CEST (11 a.m. ET), we expect the US-spec version to get a separate reveal later. The GLC could go on sale in Europe as early as September, but US sales will likely start later. We also expect Mercedes to launch an all-electric EQC SUV variant, which will share a bespoke EV platform with the EQC sedan.