The popular 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class has been caught testing for the first time this year with a heavily covered body. As we can see from spy shots, Mercedes-Benz’s next-generation GLC-Class looks much better, and it will reportedly get a mid-cycle update next year.
Besides handsome styling, this SUV seems to be growing slightly, likely like the recently launched GLB-Class. Nevertheless, the forthcoming GLC-Class will still sit in the small crossover segment. In fact, there are many popular models in the segment, and GLC is destined to do battle with the likes of the Audi Q5, Acura RDX, BMW X3, Volvo XC60, and the upcoming Genesis GV80.
2023 Mercedes Benz GLC-Class Redesign
The new spy shots reveal a mild upgrade on the exterior. The proportions have been changed slightly, and the GLC-class looks bigger thanks to an updated version of Mercedes’ MHA (Modular High Architecture) platform. If you didn’t know, the same platform underpins the current C-Class.
However, on the new GLC claimed by Mercedes, some modifications are made, and the platform is lighter, primarily through increased use of aluminum over steel. We also noticed that the hood appears to have been stretched, and the roofline seems to be lowered somehow. The rear of this SUV looks much sleeker and sportier compared to the outgoing model.
What’s New Inside?
Inside, the forthcoming 2023 Mercedes Benz GLC-Class looks very modern. This SUV borrows the same dashboard and cockpit layout from the GLE-class SUV. Thanks to that, the new generation of GLS looks far more modern than the one it replaces. Like before, the Mercedes Benz GLC-Class can fit up to seven passengers, offering generous space in the first and second rows. Also, the third row can accommodate an adult without too much complaining.
On the technology side, this model is tech-rich. It comes with two huge 12.3-inch digital displays, running the latest Mercedes-Benz’s MBUX software. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability are standard, as is the in-dash navigation, and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot.
2023 Mercedes Benz GLC-Class Powertrain Specs
Under the hood, the new 2023 Mercedes Benz GLC-Class will continue to be powered by the same engines as its predecessor. This model uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 producing 255 horsepower. Above this is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (GLC 43) that is capable of making 385 horsepower. A twin-turbo V8 with two different outputs is also available under the hood of the GLC-Class.
The AMG GLC 63 is the first one that uses a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 developing 469 horsepower, while AMG GLC 63 S delivers 503 horses. All units mentioned above come with a 9-speed automatic transmission as standard.
How Much Will Cost the Mercedes Benz GLC-Class?
The fresh new 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class will reportedly arrive next year, featuring mild upgrades. The latest spy shots are available, and they conform exactly to that. First, we noticed that GLC is proportionally much bigger compared to the outgoing model, it has a more attractive front end. We also heard that the next generation would get a more comfortable cabin, filled with the latest technology.
We don’t have the official pricing data right now, but since it’s a carryover model, we expect to be similar as before. The current base GLC 300 should start at around $44,000, while AMG GLC 43 is around $60,000. The most expensive is the GMC GLC 63 S model starting at $80,000. As you may be noticed, the GLC-Class is a little expensive for this segment. It costs similar to its top German rivals like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.