2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - January 12, 2021

Model Preview

The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class arrived as an all-new model in 2016 as a replacement for the GLK. The compact luxury SUV gave the automaker a much-needed competitor in the compact segment, which has become one of the more popular classes on the market. Entering its seventh model year on sale, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is expected to be a carryover model.

When the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class received exterior updates in 2020, the compact SUV benefitted from a more upscale design. The high-end LED headlights, circular grille, and modest body cladding give the GLC its opulent look at the front. From the side, the current GLC has softer lines than other compact SUVs, while the rear end features oval taillights and a prominent rear bumper. The 2022 GLC-Class is expected to have a lot of the same design as the current SUV.

On the inside, the current GLC brings the heat. It features one of the classiest cabins in the segment with elegant lines, a streamlined center console layout, and gorgeous design elements. The compact SUV also has opulent materials and excellent fit and finish. Mercedes also packs the GLC with heated and power-adjustable front seats, things the majority of other SUVs in the class don’t come with as standard. We expect the carryover 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class to have the same design and interior features.

On top of its standard 10.25-inch touchscreen, the current GLC also comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and an HD radio. Available features include a Burmester audio system, wireless device charging, navigation, and satellite radio. We expect a lot of the same features to remain the same for the 2022 model.

Mercedes GLC-Class

Mercedes currently offers three engines with the GLC. The standard engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 255 horsepower. The AMG GLC 43 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that’s rated at 385 hp. The range-topping AMG GLC 63 features a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that produces 469 hp. All of these engines are expected to remain the same for the 2022 GLC.

The current GLC comes with parking sensors, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, driver drowsiness monitoring, hands-free park assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert as standard. Mercedes offers lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, lane keeping assist, and a surround-view camera as options. These features should all be available on the 2022 GLC.

Pricing & Release Date

Mercedes hasn’t announced when the 2022 GLC will go on sale. Based on previous years, we expect the compact SUV to arrive summer 2021.

Pricing for the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class also remains a mystery. Without any major expected updates, pricing for the SUV is expected to remain close to the current model. The current GLC ranges from $45,190 to $78,945 including destination.

This compact SUV will compete against the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Porsche Macan, and Genesis GV70.

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Pictured: 2020 Mercedes GLC-Class

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