Making its public debut at the Geneva motor show prior to a planned UK introduction in the summer, the 2019-model-year GLC gains a number of subtle exterior styling tweaks, including reshaped bumpers, an altered grille, revised LED headlights and tail-lights and a new range of alloy wheels.
It also comes with a new AMG Line styling package boasting a unique diamond pattern grille insert, an altered front bumper, rectangular chromed tailpipes and the choice of either standard 19 or optional 20in wheels.
Inside, the 2019 GLC retains the same familiar dashboard design as today’s model but incorporates new trim elements and a number of updated functions as part of the adoption of the brand’s new MBUX user interface system.
Included is a new multi-function steering wheel in one of two designs, both featuring small touch pads with horizontal spokes. Additionally, there's a new 12.3in digital instrument display and the choice of either a standard 7.0in or optional 10.3in separate infotainment display, the latter now featuring touch control.
The rotary controller between the front seats has been replaced by a larger touch control pad, while voice and gesture control now also comes as an option. For the first time, there is also a standard keyless entry and start function and optional smartphone charging pad. Once again, the AMG Line adds a dash of sportiness, with sport seats and other AMG design flourishes.
As part of an extended range of driver assistance systems, the new GLC can be ordered with Mercedes-Benz’s Active Distance Assist Distronic, which monitors speed and adjusts it via automatic braking ahead of bends or junctions.
Accompanying the exterior, interior and equipment upgrades is a new range of longitudinally mounted engines, all boasting power gains and emissions reductions. They include a petrol-electric mild hybrid unit in two states of tune and a conventional diesel offering three different power outputs.
The mild hybrid driveline is based around Mercedes-Benz's turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder M264 unit, which joins the GLC as a replacement for the older M274 unit. It delivers 194bhp and 206lb ft in the GLC200 4Matic and 254bhp and 273lb ft in the GLC300 4Matic.
As part of Mercedes-Benz’s EQ Boost initiative, the combustion engine in the new petrol-powered GLC models is combined with a belt-driven starter motor and 48V electric system providing an additional 13bhp and 111lb ft at engines speeds up to 2500rpm, ramping up the overall reserves of the GLC200 4Matic to 207bhp and 317lb ft and those of the GLC300 4Matic to 267bhp and 384lb ft.