Mercedes Teases New GLC

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
mercedes teases new glc

Automakers remain enamored with slowly teasing new and upcoming products, choosing to release dribs and drabs of information rather than smacking us in the face with all the details at once. Cynics in our audience will (rightly) point out it gives us a news story to run. Congratulations, Sherlock – you’re totally onto us.

Next up is a shadowy image of the next GLC crossover from Mercedes-Benz. That’s the bite-sized machine that serves as a gateway drug introductory model for many customers to the three-pointed star lifestyle in an endless quest to one-up the neighbors.

Adding a dose of aggressive illumination to the original teaser photo helps reveal some details, such as a typical two-box crossover shape and a set of angry new slashes in the jowls of the new GLC’s rear bumper cover. Its taillights are notably slimmer than the current model, though the DLO (Sajeev would be proud of us using that word) remains virtually identical to what’s on sale today, especially as contained in the rear side door.

We will note there is no fuel door on the left flank of a present-day GLC, suggesting the model shown in this teaser has either switched sides for that portal (unlikely) or gained a door for charging the Mercedes gubbins of a plug-in hybrid system (very likely). Right now, Americans can select from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-banger or a twin-turbo V6 bearing an AMG badge. The latter mill is good for nearly 400 horsepower.

Another detail in the bumf is a note that the next GLC will have “standard-fit 4MATIC all-wheel drive”. While that turn of phrase is suspiciously Yurpean, it comes from the American media page and suggests the front-drive GLC is headed for the bin. That model is currently on offer for $43,580 with all-wheel drive costing an extra two grand. Of course, if the engineers at Merc decide to append an extra electric motor in there somewhere, the mandatory presence of all-wheel drive will be easily explained.

The company will unveil its new GLC on June 1st at 11:00 am Eastern on its variety of (where else?) social media properties.

[Images: Mercedes-Benz]

Join the conversation
4 of 13 comments
  • Serpens Serpens on May 17, 2022

    This site is declining. Matthew Guy, the author here, seems to be thinking that he's writing about the GLA subcompact crossover and not the GLC. The GLC has never been front wheel drive and certainly isn't "bite sized" unless you consider the similarly sized BMW X3 and Audi Q5 to be the same. A little bit of research goes a long way but then again this site never seems live up to its potential.

    • See 1 previous
    • Jeff S Jeff S on May 18, 2022

      @conundrum I have learned a lot about different cars from Corey's excellent series. Corey's writing is a breath of fresh air to this site.

  • 1337cr3w 1337cr3w on May 17, 2022

    Cool fake vents bro

  • CaddyDaddy A+ appeasement for the ability to continue on in the dictatorial nation of Canada. Throw the censors some red meat. Elon, A. Jones, Sandy Hook, Neo Nazis, False Flags and...... "he’s worried that the situation will interfere with his ability to pursue his goal of working in government..." (the loftiest left wing goal). This has to do with the automobile industry how? Come on Chris, this posting is Trash.
  • Tassos Question of the Day: Fill in the missing word in Janis Joplin's song:"Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Blah Blah? My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends ..."a. Dodge Neon (fast or slow)b. Fugly Subaruc. Damn Nissand. Mercedes-Benz
  • Theflyersfan Read this twice, found it had zero to do with cars. Clicks and comments must be down.
  • Analoggrotto Engine shuts down just like the dad-bod Patagonia outdoor clad driver's libido.
  • Legacygt Great review. I've only driven one Wilderness model (an Outback provided as a dealer loaner) and I found the handling a little sloppy on-pavement. It's good to hear they managed to give the Crosstrek the Wilderness treatment without hurting the on-pavement experience.And this is the first time I've read a review that dared to criticize Star Tex seats. I find the material interesting and low maintenance and fairly comfortable but I totally agree that it rates very poorly for breathability. It's so bad that I think Subaru should offer it with some sort of ventilated option. 5 minutes on a hot day and you're sitting in a pool of sweat.