The next generation of Mercedes-Benz’s popular compact crossover is on the way and without any doubt, we will see a lot of new things. The company still hides most details a secret, especially here in North America. On the other hand, the testing model can be spotted in Europe and despite it wears camouflage, it clearly shows that the new model will stick closely to the brand’s latest design language and that it won’t be much different compared to the rest of the lineup.
The new model will bring improvements in various aspects. First of all, we count on an even higher level of comfort. Furthermore, we count on loads of new technologies as well, whether it’s about driver-assist or tech features. Naturally, the powertrain department will be mostly about electrification, but rumors say that AMG-badged models won’t feature downsized engines.
The new 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC is expected to arrive by the end of this year.
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC Redesign
Without any doubt, the upcoming 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC redesign will bring a lot of new things. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is the new platform, which will be borrowed from the recently launched C-Class sedan. The two models will once again share powertrain options, suspension components and most tech features. Naturally, we expect the new model to offer a higher level of comfort, better driving characteristics etc.
When it comes to styling, the test mule has been spotted in Europe. At this point, it still wears camouflage, but we can tell some of the key design characteristics. Of course, the new front end will be aligned with the rest of the brand’s lineup that already follows the new design language. On the other hand, the overall shape should change too much, though rumors suggest slightly bigger dimensions.
Naturally, the cabin will also be all-new and once again, things shouldn’t be much different compared to the rest of the lineup. In other words, you may count on a dashboard design, which includes all those flashy LED ambient lighting details, along with a massive infotainment screen on the center stack. Furthermore, the digital instrument cluster features a new layout, while the new design of air vents looks particularly interesting.
As we’ve just mentioned, the new model should be slightly bigger compared to the outgoing version. Therefore, we might see a little bit more room for the passengers. Still, these improvements would probably be minimal and that’s not a bad thing at all, considering that the current model already accommodates adults in both rows with ease. The same thing goes for the cargo area. It may be slightly bigger but we don’t expect anything significant compared to the current model.
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC Engines
One of the most certain things about the next generation is downsizing. Therefore, the core of the offer will be a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The same engine should be offered in an electrified variant, with a mild-hybrid setup that would provide an extra 20 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque.
A plug-in hybrid version is also expected, equipped with a system that combines a 204-hp gasoline engine and 129-hp electric motor. This system also includes a. In Europe, the new 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC will continue to be offered in diesel variants. European drivers may count on a familiar 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel, which comes in two output variants, with either 200 or 260 horsepower. These oil-burners will also come equipped with the EQ Boost mild-hybrid system.
2022 Mercedes-AMG GLC
The new generation will also bring AMG-badged models and a great thing to know is that there will be no downsizing in this case. Therefore, the GLC 43 will continue with a 3.0-liter inline-six. It will probably come with a little bit more power compared to the current 385 horses. The same is expected with GLS 63 and GLS 63S models. These two use a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and currently feature max outputs of 469 horsepower and 503, respectively.
Besides plenty of power, these models will also come with loads of exclusive details. First of all, you may count on upgraded suspension, which provides a sportier ride and more precise handling. Besides, mechanical upgrades, you may also count on a lot of exclusive visual details. Some of the highlights should be parts like grille, bumpers, wheels etc. The interior should come with a couple of upgrades as well.
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC Release Date and Price
We believe that the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC will hit the market by the end of this year. Base models should go around 45.000 dollars. Of course, the competition remains the same. Those are primarily German rivals, Audi Q5 and BMW X3. However, there are also crossovers like Volvo XC60, Lexus NX etc.