Spy shots are there – the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC is coming with significant changes. The crossover is one of the most luxurious models out there. The new engine will complete the facelift for the upcoming season. Buyers in the US will see the only GLC300 version, and probably one of the AMG models. Nevertheless, this SUV will draw attention way before it reaches the showrooms.
The excitement with 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC is guaranteed. Besides the AMG, the company plans to give this SUV to Brabus for special tuning. Furthermore, Bluetec technology could reduce emissions, allowing the diesel drivetrain to appear under the hood of the GLC. But, that is not the final surprise. Although still very silent, there are rumors whispering about the F-cell crossover. This would be the production debut of the concept.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC Current Engine
Let’s start with the most certain solutions. A 2.0-liter turbo-four is about to take the same position as before. It is the sole engine for the current crossover. Potent and reliable, the mill will be the part of engine room for the upcoming SUV. With it, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC will be able to achieve 240 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. For the compact crossover, these are serious numbers.
Power is distributed through a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Buyers will choose between rear-wheel and all-wheel drive. High output does not affect the fuel economy. You will hardly find any other vehicle returning better numbers than 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC. With slight upgrades, the gas mileage will go to 30 mpg for highway ride.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC AMG
Interesting, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC AMG will offer two drivetrains. A V-6 unit is going to deliver 360 horses. For true fans, Mercedes will install a V-8 engine. This high-output version can create 470 hp. The same transmission routes power, but in this case only to all wheels. With such engines, the GLC AMG will be able to sprint to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Top speed at the high-performance setup will be 175 mph.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC Diesel Bluetec
Outside the US, Mercedes is offering three diesel engines for the compact crossover. By using the Bluetec technology, these could arrive to the United States. What is Bluetec? This system reduces NO emissions. Developed by Daimler, the technology uses the exhaust fluids to control and absorb gasses. Whatsoever, the company faced similar charges as the Volkswagen, but the Mercedes is not found guilty for it. That opens the door for 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC Bluetec diesel engines.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell
Back in 2017, we had a chance to see the F-Cell concept of the Mercedes-Benz GLC crossover. Since it was a pre-production platform, it seems like the time for production has come. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell is going to carry the unique system. Besides the hydrogen cell, the plug-in vehicle could run by using only the electric power. The output of around 200 hp from a 14 kW battery is expected in production models. It can recharge in only 1.5 hours.
Brabus will Tune 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC
As always, fans can tune almost every Mercedes vehicle. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC Brabus tuning is also possible. The last time we saw the company doing that, the crossover had special wheels, grille, and interior parts. Even if they choose an AMG model, there will be room for some sporty additions, such as a spoiler or more power.
What you won’t like about 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC?
Not everything is going to be so perfect on 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC. For example, if you plan the long trip and there is a lot of luggage, the compact crossover is not going to be a perfect choice. Well, this is not a priority for the carmaker. However, as buyers, in that case, we would opt for BMW X3, or if you are a fan of Mercedes, then bigger GLE.
Also, the off-road skills are not as advertised. Mercedes is selling the GLC as the crossover capable to run in the wild. But, ground clearance and overall dimensions of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC are not going to fulfill the ad.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC Spied – Changes Everywhere
Spy shots could show us what to expect from the next Mercedes-Benz GLC. Big covers are hiding front bumper and fascia. It clearly indicates big changes there. Modern headlights are already there. Rear bumper and tail lights are almost the same as before. However, true enthusiasts will spot minor changes in shape.
Recent spy photos managed to zoom the cabin of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC. The design is very similar to the one we could see on F-Cell concept. Big infotainment screen and driver’s display are the highlights. For more, we will have to wait for the official details.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC Price
With so many options the price difference of various models will be so big. But, starting from the cheapest, we will find the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 as the base model for the US market. It is going to cost around $43,000. The AMG version also has two engine options. For the V-8 powertrain, buyers will have to spend at least $80,000. Estimations about the price of 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell are still unavailable. Even experts cannot predict where it can land.