The Mercedes-Benz GLC is preparing to come in its new updated avatar. The GLC facelift’s test prototype model was recently caught by the spying shutterbugs when the luxury SUV was busy testing on the roads of China.
As can be ascertained from the spy shots, the upcoming GLC facelift model will be endowed with newly designed headlights, a redesigned radiator grille and a revised bumper design, which together will definitely help the GLC offer a fresh new visual appeal upfront. On the side profile, the SUV will be flaunting stylish new alloy wheels, while the rear design will get slightly updated tail lights apart from other mild updates. The rest of the design of the refreshed GLC has been retained from the outgoing model.
The updated Mercedes-Benz GLC will be getting updates on the inside as well. The facelift model’s cabin is likely to be fitted with the massive display units that are dominating the dashboards of the new models in the Mercedes family. This includes the 10.25 inch central infotainment display and the 12.3 inch virtual instrument cluster. There would also be a multi-function touchpad along with handwriting recognition feature. These high-end features are available in theGLC F-Cell fuel cell variant, which was unveiled the 2017Frankfurt Motor Show.
Apart from exterior and interior updates, the new refreshed GLC is also likely to get under the hood upgrades, which would make it an extensive facelift model. The new updated GLC’s diesel version is very likely to get engine upgrades, and the D20 is expected to pack in a 2.0 litre diesel motor. Mercedes-Benz has plans to offer this oil burner in three variants – the GLC 200d, the GLC 220d and the GLC 300d, as per the recent reports. On the other hand, the GLC facelift’s petrol version is expected to carry forward the same mills from the outgoing model.
Transmission changes are also expected on the Mercedes GLC SUV. For instance, on the new GLC 350e 4MATIC plug-in hybrid variant, the 7 speed automatic transmission gearbox is speculated to make way for a more sophisticated 9 speed automatic transmission unit. As per the latest speculations, the new GLC facelift’s plug-in hybrid variant might be available for sale in the right-hand drive markets, unlike the outgoing model.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC luxury SUV was first introduced back in the year 2015, and now the model is readying up to arrive in its facelift model, which is likely to happen in by mid-2019 in the global car markets. As far as the Indian car market is concerned, the German luxury auto major has not revealed any word on its India launch plans. Nevertheless, going by Mercedes-Benz product ongoing offensive strategy for the Indian auto market, the new updated GLC is likely to launch in the country by late 2019. Upon its Indian launch, the updated GLC will continue to fight with its arch rivals - Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Mercedes-Benz India will start its new model launch schedule in 2019 with the introduction of theV-Class, which is expected to arrive in India in January.