Mercedes’ well-selling GLC compact, luxury SUV competes with many high-value rivals including the Acura RDX, BMW X3, Audi Q5, Porsche Macan and Jaguar F-Pace. The GLC was all -new for the 2016 model year and Mercedes is now prepping some updates to keep the model fresh and competitive. Available in many powertrain options including the plug-in hybrid and high-performance AMG versions, the GLC covers a wide range of demands and Mercedes provides, of course, the best of the comfort and teach features.
However, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC will receive the mid-cycle update with the changes on model’s appearance and interior. The brand will also upgrade the tech features and add several new elements as the latest reports claim. There should, however, be some performance upgrades in the lineup as well.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC: Design
The compact-sized 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC will get some visual upgrades for the new model year and as it is usually with the mid-update, the brand will intervene on the easy-removable parts while will keep the model in the current shape and size.
The front section of the model will come with the tweaked grille version and the headlights are also under revision. The new front lighting units seem slightly smaller and with the new daytime running lights. The lower front fascia will also get slightly different style and the rear will also introduce similar treatment. The refreshed taillights will also be the part of the mid-update and the recently introduced AMG 63 versions should also come with the similar changes.
Inside the cockpit, the refreshed Mercedes GLC will bring the new three-spoke steering wheel with more controls. Mercedes will also upgrade the infotainment system but won’t introduce the MBUX platform that debuted in the A-Class. Instead, the GLC model will get the system available in the updated C-Class. The system will include a larger center screen and updated system’s interface plus the new touchpad in the center console.
The model will also put the larger screen in front of the driver and Mercedes will also upgrade the array of the advanced safety systems.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC: Powertrains
With the updated styling and interior, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC will also come with some improvements in the powertrain range. Mercedes hasn’t yet revealed exact details but the changes should reflect those done on the updated C-Class.
The base powertrain with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine should move the number of horsepower from the current 241 to around 255.
A potent 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 from the AMG GLC 43 should boast improved horsepower number as well. The current 362 hp should see the boost to 385 hp which should improve the 60-mph run from the current 4.8 seconds to lower 4-second range.
The recently added AMG GLC 63 and the plug-in hybrid versions should keep the current performance.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC: Release, Price
The updated 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC will go on sale by the end of the year. Mercedes will likely correct the price slightly but the model should start just above $40, 000.