After the recent refresh, no one expects to see changes in the compact crossover, which is still in its first generation, since 2015. The last-year update has brought a lot of important novelties, including new powertrains, new infotainment system and other technologies. All this clearly indicates that the German manufacturer plans to keep the current version in production for a couple of more years for sure.
What this means is that you may count on a familiar layout, which packs an elegant styling into two body styles and brings one of the nicest interior designs in the class. Moreover, the long list of standard equipment and a variety of engine options means that everyone can find the right pick. The competition may be stronger than ever, but this model still has a lot of great things to offer. Therefore, we are waiting for it to hit the market, and that should happen sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Redesign
As we already mentioned, the last year has brought a nice update, which included a couple of pretty interesting novelties. First of all, the styling has been slightly revised. So, you can now notice a little bit different front end, though we can’t say that changes are too big. Simply, good things shouldn’t be changed and that’s what the German manufacturer has always been practicing.
For the next year, we will also see two body styles in the offer. A couple of versions have joined the lineup recently. So, those who don’t necessarily need the practicality of a classic SUV can opt for something sportier as well. Mechanically, the two versions are pretty much the same and this refers to the suspension setup as well. The best we could see in the next year are new color options. Other than that, the exterior should remain untouched.
The same goes for interior design. This is one of the nicest cabins in the class, so there is no need for updates. The recent refresh has brought a new steering wheel and a new digital cockpit, which makes things even better. The whole cabin features super-nice materials, elegant aesthetics, while the sound insulation is excellent.
When it comes to comfort, front seats are impressive, no matter the version you choose. The seats are massive and supportive, with plenty of adjustability options. On the other side, rear comfort depends on the version you choose,. The Coupe model is a little bit tight when it comes to the legroom.
When it comes to the cargo area, the standard model is good for 19.4 cubic feet behind the second row, this the coupe version measures around 17.5 cubic feet.
Novelties in terms of standard equipment are always possible, but we don’t expect too many of them for the next year. We are pretty sure that the list of standard features will remain largely the same as for the current model. In terms of tech goodies, this would mean that all versions would come with a 10.25-inch touch screen, two USB ports, HD Radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth. In higher trims, there are also available features like a 13-speaker Burmester premium surround-sound system, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, satellite radio, and a rear-seat entertainment system.
When it comes to safety features, all models currently come standard with goodies like a rearview camera, driver drowsiness monitoring, active brake assist, and crosswind assist. It’s not a great list, but can easily be expanded with goodies like active park assist, lane keep assist, evasive steering assist, route-based speed adaptation, traffic sign recognition, a surround-view parking camera system, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring with exit warning function, rear cross traffic alert and more.
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Engines
The recent facelift has also brought novelties under the hood and one of them is a new version of the base engine. Of course, we are talking about a 2.0-liter turbo-four. It now delivers around 255 horsepower, which seems okay for daily rides. Another big novelty is a new PHEV version, with a total output of 315 horsepower.
Those who look for something peppier can choose between two AMG-badged versions. The first one is the AMG GLC 43 with twin-turbo V6 and a max output of 385 horsepower. For even more impressive performances, there is the AMG GLC 63 with V8 and 469 horsepower. Moreover, there is also an upgraded version with 503 horsepower.
All models come with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC sometime late in the year with no bigger changes in terms of the price. The current model starts at 42.500 dollars and things shouldn’t carry on in the same way. When it comes to the competition, you may presume that key rivals are Audi Q5 and BMW X3.