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Getting the recipe right to stand out of an ever-growing crowd is becoming even harder for automakers. But Mercedes-Benz has figured out the perfect recipe for a premium crossover with the GLC-Class, tempting consumers with luxurious features, incredible performance, and unique styling.

What's New for 2018

The GLC-Class, which is available as both a regular GLC crossover and a GLC Coupe, gets one major change for 2018 – the addition of a new high-performance variant. Both the crossover and coupe body styles add a GLC63 AMG trim to their lineups, while the Coupe variant gets an even more hardcore GLC63 S AMG variant as well.

The new GLC63 AMG uses a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 to generate 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. The GLC63 S AMG Coupe ups the ante with even more power, as the same V8 has been massaged to put out 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

In addition to the new high-performance variants, the Exterior Sport Package and the Interior Sport Package have merged into the AMG line, the Storage Package and Entrance Lamps are now part of the GLC-Class’ standard features, and, lastly, the AMG lineup has an available Sport Exhaust System.

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Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

Like the rest of Mercedes-Benz’s lineup, figuring out which body style works for you is the first step to finding the perfect GLC-Class. The standard GLC continues to be offered in the traditional, two-box, five-door crossover blueprint, while the GLC Coupe has a more aggressive design that cuts into the vehicle’s rear cargo space. Mercedes hasn’t officially stated just how much cargo space the coupe-like roofline takes away from the vehicle, but we’re certain that it’s a noticeable amount.

The engines carry over from last year with both the GLC300 and GLC300 Coupe being powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine that makes 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. It's paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission as standard with power going down to the rear wheels or through the automaker’s 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.

GLC43 AMG models still pair the same 362-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine with AMG’s nine-speed automatic transmission for an impressive amount of performance. And for those wanting even power, the new GLC63 AMG, GLC63 AMG Coupe, and GLC63 S AMG Coupe will surely impress.

The GLC-Class comes in five different models to choose from:

GLC300

The entry-level GLC300 starts at $41,045, including the destination fee, and only comes in the traditional crossover body style. Standard features on the GLC300 include an Eco Start/Stop system, a multimode drive program selector, 18-inch wheels, a multifunction steering wheel, natural grain brown ash wood trim, LED taillights, a rearview camera, Crosswind Assist, adaptive brakes, automatic emergency braking, a 14-way power driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-folding exterior mirrors, a power liftgate, passive entry with push-button start, a seven-inch color display, and more.

Despite being well-equipped as a base model, the GLC300 has numerous packages for consumers to choose from. The Leather Seating Package ($2,050) adds leather upholstery and a 14-way power passenger seat with a memory function. The Smartphone Integration Package ($350) includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The Advanced Lighting Package ($1,900) brings active LED headlights, adaptive highbeam assist, multicolor LED ambient lighting, and illuminated front door sills to the crossover.

The AMG Line Package ($1,600) adds AMG body styling, 19-inch AMG wheels, a sport brake system, an AMG Line interior, a sport steering wheel, and brushed aluminum wheels. The Night Package ($1,900) includes the AMG Line Package, gloss black exterior accents, and 19-inch AMG wheels. The Air Balance Package ($350) attaches a cabin fragrance system and a cabin-air purification system on the vehicle.

There are also multiple premium packages to choose from, including the Premium Package ($1,350) that adds blind-spot monitoring, passive entry, a 115-volt power outlet, and SiriusXM Radio. The Premium Driver Assistance Package ($3,150) brings everything from the Premium Package and adds radar-based adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and Speed Limit Assist.

The Multimedia Package ($2,200) includes an 8.4-inch screen with navigation, a touchpad controller, three years of updates for the navigation system, voice control, and fives years of SiriusXM traffic and weather. Lastly, the Advanced Parking Assist package ($1,290) adds a Surround View System, hands-free access, and Active Parking Assist.

The rest of the GLC-Class shares the same list of optional packages as the base GLC300.

GLC300 4Matic

Mercedes-Benz offers 4Matic all-wheel drive alongside its base powertrain, with resultant model serving as the starter for the GLC-Class Coupe line. Prices start at $43,045 for the regular crossover and $47,595 for the coupe. The regular GLC300 4Matic shares a lot of the same features as the rear-wheel-drive model, while the GLC300 4Matic Coupe gets an air suspension system, 19-inch wheels, a sunroof, LED headlights and taillights, heated windshield washers, and a media interface, as standard. That makes its higher price a little easier to justify.

GLC43 AMG

The GLC43 AMG has a price tag of $57,245, while the GLC43 AMG Coupe starts at $61,395. Both vehicles come with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that’s matched to an AMG-enhanced nine-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features on the GLC43 AMG include an all-wheel-drive system, an AMG Performance Braking System, an AMG Sport Exhaust System, variable steering ratio, AMG Sport Suspension, AMG body styling, 20-inch wheels, a sport steering wheel, brushed aluminum pedals, red seat belts, and heated front seats.

The GLC43 AMG and GLC43 AMG Coupe have many of the same available packages as the lower trims.

GLC63 AMG

The GLC63 AMG is one of the latest additions to the lineup, and information on the vehicle, including its price, standard features, and available packages, hasn’t been made available yet. The GLC63 AMG and GLC63 AMG Coupe utilize a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 469 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to an AMG nine-speed automatic transmission that helps send the power down to all four wheels through an AMG-tuned 4Maticall-wheel-drive system. With all of these AMG performance goodies, the GLC63 AMG models can get to 60 miles per hour from a standstill in just 3.7 seconds.

GLC63 S AMG

The range-topping GLC63 S AMG Coupe is only available in the coupe-like body style and while it shares its engine with the GLC63 AMG models, power output has been increased to 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. With even more power on hand, the GLC63 S AMG Coupe gets from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Pricing, standard features, and available packages for the GLC63 S AMG haven't been announced yet.

CarsDirect Tip

Unless performance is a necessity, skip the AMG models. But for consumers that are looking to blow the doors off of sports cars, the GLC63 AMG in either the regular crossover or the coupe body style is the way to go. The GLC300 4Matic, though, is a great place to start. And since Mercedes scatters its popular features around in different packages, the Premium Driver Assistance and Multimedia Packages are the only ones that are worth considering.

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