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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC gets new tech, new engines

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It appears that the GLC has achieved more success than the erstwhile GLK, probably something to do with the new nomenclature and looks. Its a fairly capable off-roader too.

The compact crossover has received some updates for the model year 2020, which begins with the design. As with the new GLE, the GLC too adopts the Sensual Purity design philosophy. The changes include a heavily contoured radiator grille with double louvres, standard-fit LED High-Performance headlamps with torch-design DRLs, standard chrome elements front & rear, aerodynamically optimized wheels ranging from 17 to 19 inches and tyres with optimised rolling resistance. Buyers can opt for full-LED headlamps with Multibeam technology.

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The side profile remains largely unchanged. The redesigned full LED tail lamps have a light signature too. Sadly, the fake exhaust tips continue to exist in the GLC.

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As with all the latest Mercedes vehicles, the new GLC too gets the latest generation of the MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience multimedia system. The instrument cluster measures 12.3-inch while the central display measures 10.25-inch – both are options. Multifunction steering wheel with touch control buttons, touchpad on the centre console, gesture control and voice control are all present too.

Another optional extra is the Augmented Video which complements the navigation. A camera in front of the rear-view mirror captures the surroundings and automatically shows information on the multimedia display, such as traffic signs, information about where to make a turn, house numbers or names.

The optional Driving Assistance Package includes Active Distance Assist Distronic, Active Steer Assist,  Active Speed Limit Assist, Route-based speed adjustment, Evasive Steering Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Brake Assist and Pre-Safe Plus.

For the first time, the GLC gets Dynamic Body Control suspension with adjustable dampers for the front and rear axle. Depending on the driving situation, speed and road conditions, the damping is controlled individually for each wheel in interaction with the engine, transmission and steering characteristics. The Sport and Sport+ modes deliver a firmer set-up of the damper characteristics.

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As for off-roading, the driver has two modes. The Off-Road mode is particularly suited for dirt roads, gravel, sand and snow, while the Off-Road+ mode is for difficult terrain with rocky or steep slopes. Apparently, the 4Matic AWD system has been newly developed from the ground up. The three-stage design of ESP with a wider spread now offers even more dynamics in the Sport and Sport+ modes, the company said.

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At launch, there’ll be 200 4Matic, 300 4Matic, 200d 4Matic, 220d 4Matic and 300d 4Matic variants.

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In the GLC 200 and GLC 300, the M 264 4-cylinder engine replaces the M 274 engine, and the OM 654 4-cylinder diesel engine replaces the OM 651. Transmission is a 9G-Tronic automatic.

Also notice the petrol variants getting a 48-volt system with belt-driven starter-generator. It performs hybrid functions such as energy recovery, boost and sailing mode with the engine switched off.

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