The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is expected to see a redesign for the 2023 model year. Recent spy photos circulating online suggest a sleeker overall look based on a new platform. While Mercedes hasn't released 2023 GLC specs or horsepower figures just yet, early indications are that the SUV could be worth the wait.
According to photos published by Motor Authority, the 2023 GLC redesign may borrow heavily from the recently redesigned Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan. The brand's popular compact luxury SUV was first introduced as a 2017 model and has only seen minor updates following a major refresh for the 2020 model year.
At the moment, it appears the GLC redesign will make greater use of aluminum to achieve weight savings. Motor Authority adds that the new GLC will feature all-wheel steering capability, potentially improving the luxury SUV's maneuverability while parking. Full official details have not yet been released by the automaker.
Will the next GLC really be worth the money? Based on our review of the current SUV, below-average fuel economy is one of the model's weakest points, in addition to its relatively small cargo area. The lack of a hybrid or plug-in hybrid could be a drawback as other SUVs introduce greener versions involving electrification.
Competitors for the GLC include SUVs like the BMW X3, Volvo XC60, and Acura RDX. There are even relative newcomers like the Genesis GV70 offering a premium alternative in a feature-rich package. Whether or not the next-gen GLC will truly up the ante when it goes on sale remains an open question, at least for now.
Mercedes hasn't announced a release date yet for the 2023 GLC, but we currently estimate an on-sale date this fall based on last year's schedule. Having said that, a global chip shortage has caused some automakers to delay production or limit availability. Stay tuned for potential updates as they become available.
Pictured: 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class