The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is entering the new model year as a fully redesigned vehicle. At the moment, Mercedes has only previewed the changes for the regular SUV body style. We expect the automaker to introduce coupe and sporty AMG models in the future.
On the outside, the new GLC features an evolutionary design instead of a ground-up overhaul. Unsurprisingly, the SUV shares a lot of the same exterior design elements as the redesigned C-Class. The SUV has a wide oval grille, a smooth front fascia, and a tidy front air intake. The GLC now features a more pronounced body line that runs from the hood to the taillight. At the back, the GLC has triangular taillights and two distinct exhaust outlets.
The interior of the 2023 GLC is far more luxurious and tech-forward than before. The interior shares the same design elements as the new C-Class, with a sweeping dashboard that has oval air vents, a massive touchscreen that takes up most of the space on the center console, and a second large screen that acts as the instrument cluster. The GLC has minimal physical controls, for an even more high-tech look. Thanks to the longer wheelbase, the new 2023 GLC has more interior space than the outgoing model.
Mercedes hasn’t announced all of the GLC’s features yet, but the SUV should be available with an 11.9-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, the automaker’s MBUX infotainment system, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, “Hey, Mercedes” voice recognition, and biometric authentication. We expect a wireless charging pad, a head-up display, a Burmester audio system, augmented reality for the navigation system, and online music streaming to be available.
Initially, the 2023 GLC will come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. Output is rated at 258 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard. Mercedes has confirmed that a plug-in hybrid powertrain will be available in the future.
When it comes to safety features, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC is expected to come with standard automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, safe exit warning, a driver attention monitor, and automatic high-beam assist. Available features should include Car-to-X communication, a surround-view parking camera, adaptive cruise control, park assist, traffic sign recognition, lane-keeping assist, lane departure warning, evasive steering assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and a dashcam.
Pricing & Release Date
Based on when the C-Class came out, we expect the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC to arrive at the beginning of 2023. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but the 2023 model year should be more expensive than the current model that’s on sale. The current GLC starts at $44,900 (with destination).
Pictured: 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class