New Mercedes GLC undergoes winter testing ahead of launch this year

The new Mercedes GLC SUV is being cold weather tested at temperatures of minus 30 degrees, ahead of its launch this autumn.

Mercedes is reaching the latter stages of development of its brand new GLC SUV, which will arrive in autumn this year with hybrid power, a new design and a revamped interior loaded with the firm’s latest infotainment technology. Our pictures show the model undergoing final winter testing in Sweden, where its performance, handling and comfort are being validated in sub-freezing temperatures. 

If the GLC passes these engineering tests, then Mercedes will begin trial production runs before the car is launched later in 2022. So far, the brand says that the GLC has demonstrated strong thermal performance, noise isolation and safety, and is its “most dynamic SUV on any terrain”.

The new GLC utilises a new MRA2 platform borrowed from the latest C-Class, resulting in improved packaging, interior space and a larger 600-litre boot. A selection of mild-hybrid and plug-in variants will be available, beginning with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that uses a 48 volt starter-generator for a total of 255bhp and 400Nm of torque. The diesel is a 2.0-litre unit, again with 48 volt tech, that produces 261bhp and 550Nm. 

These two engines form the basis of three plug-in hybrid models - two petrol and one diesel - which will be augmented by a 134bhp, 440Nm electric motor integrated into a 9-speed automatic gearbox. Mercedes promises a pure-electric range of well over 62 miles. 

The new GLC will be available with a Driver Assistance package that includes lane keep assist that uses a 360-degree camera and functions at up to 130mph. The car’s adaptive cruise control is more advanced than before too, being able to respond to stationary vehicles at speeds of up to 62mph. 

The optional Driving Package also adds air suspension with adaptive dampers and four wheel steering, with the rear wheels turning to a maximum of 4.5 degrees to make the GLC more stable at speed and increase its agility through slower corners. 

As shown by our exclusive image, the styling will be an evolution over the outgoing GLC, with a pair of narrower lights and neater surfacing bringing it into line with the latest Mercedes models. Joining the evolutionary styling will be a totally new interior, featuring a new steering wheel with touch controls and the brand’s latest MBUX infotainment suite. 

A 12.3 inch digital instrument display will sit ahead of the driver, with an 11.9-inch panel in the centre of the dashboard. The system will offer smart home functionality and music streaming, along with the “Hey Mercedes” voice assistant and an augmented reality system. This can add extra information to an external camera feed on the infotainment display, such as house numbers, for example. A ‘transparent bonnet’ option will also allow drivers to see a virtual picture of ground below the front end of the car when tackling off-road obstacles. 

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