Mercedes-Benz Announces Pricing for New GLC
Compact SUV Will Go On Sale In November
The new Mercedes-Benz GLC compact SUV will go on sale in the U.S. in November at a base price of $38,950. That sum will get customers the GLC300 with rear-wheel drive, while 4MATIC all-wheel drive will cost an additional $2,000.
Initially only available as a GLC300 with a 2.0L turbocharged I-4, the GLC replaces the GLK in Mercedes-Benz’s lineup, aligning it name-wise with the C-Class sedan and upcoming SLC roadster (which replaces the SLK). The GLC has a totally new design (unlike the GLE, which is a facelifted ML-Class SUV), abandoning the upright, square shape of the GLK for a sleeker form factor not unlike the subcompact GLA-Class crossover. The GLC’s styling brings it neatly into line with the rest of Mercedes-Benz’s current lineup, looking for all the world like the lifted C-Class wagon it is. It’s a very graceful, pleasant design.
However, its improvements are more than skin-deep. The GLC loses 176 pounds over the GLK, which should help it maximize the estimated 241 hp and 273 lb-ft the engine produces. The nine-speed automatic should also mitigate the reduced power output of the GLC300 versus the GLK350 with its thirsty, 3.5L V-6. In fact, we won’t be surprised if the GLC300’s turbocharged drivetrain is faster than the GLK350 and more efficient than the outgoing GLK250 BlueTEC diesel, which gets 33 mpg on the highway.
The 2016 GLC300 has a starting price $1,050 over that of the 2015 GLK350, and the GLC300 4MATIC is $1,550 more than the GLK250 BlueTEC, which comes standard with all-wheel drive. However, its rather stunning interior and added safety and standard features justify the price increase, to say nothing of its much more upmarket visage.