The new generation of Mercedes-Benz’s compact crossover is on the way. We’ve been seeing the test mule for a long time and it looks like the new model is almost ready for serial production. The new model will debut in Europe first, while the North American version is expected to arrive sometime in 2022. At this point, the exact details are still kept as a secret, but some aspects of the SUV seem like an easy guess. The 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC should be mostly about evolutionary changes.
As we’ve just mentioned, some things about the new generation are easy to predict, starting from the styling, which should bring evolutionary changes only. The same thing refers to the platform, which won’t be all-new. One of the things that will characterize the new generation of this crossover is electrification, as all versions are expected to feature some kind of hybrid powertrain.
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC Redesign
One of the first things we should talk about is the platform. We know for sure that the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC won’t ride on a completely new platform. Instead, it will use an updated version of the familiar MRA II platform, the same one that underpins the new C-Class. We expect improvements in various aspects.
Most likely, we won’t see changes in terms of the overall size. The new model could be just slightly bigger, but overall proportions will remain pretty similar. On the other hand, we count on new suspension and other chassis updates, which will ensure better ride quality. Of course, we expect that the new model will also be mostly about comfort. For those who care more about driving dynamics, the BMW X3 will remain a better option.
As we’ve just mentioned, no bigger changes in terms of size should happen. On the other hand, we are about to see a new styling. The test mule still wears a complete camouflage but we can see that most of the changes will be evolutionary. In other words, we count on the implementation of the brand’s latest design language, once again in a similar fashion to the new C-Class.
That would mean a little bit sleeker profile, along with new headlights, new front fascia etc. Once again, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC will be offered in two body styles, as a standard SUV, or as a Coupe.
Big changes are expected on the inside. Of course, the inspiration will be taken from other models in the lineup, especially in terms of the dashboard design. This particularly refers to new tech goodies, such as a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a vertically-oriented 11.9-inch infotainment screen. Of course, the cabin will bring further improvements regarding materials and build quality, even though the current model is already pretty impressive in this aspect.
When it comes to interior space, things shouldn’t be much different compared to the current model. This means that standard SUV models will be way better in terms of passenger and cargo space. On the other hand, Coupe models will feature less rear-seat headroom and smaller cargo area, due to the sloping roofline.
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, the main thing about the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC will be electrification. Unlike the European version, which is about to continue with diesel units, the North American version will probably come standard with a new mild-hybrid version of a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four. The engine puts out around 255 horsepower, while the electric motor adds 20 more horses. That should be enough to ensure 0-60 sprint in less than 7 seconds.
At this point, 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC AMG versions are still a mystery. Still, our reliable sources claim that the new generation will continue with six and eight-cylinder engines. For reference, the current AMG 43 features a 385-hp six-cylinder, while the AMG 63 comes with a twin-turbo V8, which puts out around 469 horsepower.
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC release date will be scheduled for the first half of 2022. When it comes to the price, base versions should go around 45.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like BMW X3, Audi Q5, Lexus NX etc.