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The rotary controller between the front seats has been replaced by a larger touch control pad, while voice and gesture control now also comes as an option.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.