Facelifted SUV could also be in line to gain Mercedes' new MBUX infotainment system

The facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLC will gain Level 2 driver assistance technology, as seen on the C-Class, and a new diesel engine when it arrives on roads next year.

Spotted testing in Germany, the updated SUV will come available with the same suite of driver assist systems as its saloon equivalent, including lane-keeping assist technology that can hold the car in a lane without driver input for up to 15sec.

The systems will be enabled by Mercedes-Benz's new electric architecture, the Star 2.3 platform, which is also used by the latest C-Class.

In the engine line-up, Mercedes will drop the GLC’s OM651 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine for a new one, codenamed OM654. This unit will come in the 200d, 220d and 300d models.

Cars equipped with the OM651 unit were recalled last year to have their software updated, in a voluntary move that Mercedes said was to “strengthen confidence” for owners by lowering the NOx output of their cars.

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The OM654 unit is Mercedes’ first all-aluminium four-pot diesel. It's of 2.0-litre capacity but claimed to offer enhanced performance and reduced CO2 emissions compared with the old unit.

Inside, the updated GLC could get Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment system. This is also due to be used in the EQ C electric SUV, with which the GLC will share much of its structure. MBUX uses a smartphone-like touchscreen and an advanced voice recognition system that enables control of ancillary functions and infotainment.

However, Mercedes may choose to reserve this high-tech system for the next-generation GLC, in which case the facelifted car may retain the existing NTG 5.5 system without touchscreen control. This was the case with the recently facelifted C-Class.

Exterior design changes to the GLC are expected to be slight, as shown by the spotted development car. This sports camouflage on its bumpers and lights, suggesting small changes will be made to these parts.

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3 July 2018

No surprise there as the GLC is dead in the water for company car drivers after the new emission tests added 30g/km to the current ones figure. Those naughty Germans!

3 July 2018
The Apprentice wrote:

No surprise there as the GLC is dead in the water for company car drivers after the new emission tests added 30g/km to the current ones figure. Those naughty Germans!

What, nothing to do with the change from NEDC to WLTP?

4 July 2018
Cé hé sin wrote:

The Apprentice wrote:

No surprise there as the GLC is dead in the water for company car drivers after the new emission tests added 30g/km to the current ones figure. Those naughty Germans!

What, nothing to do with the change from NEDC to WLTP?

The cars were retested under WLTP, then the new NEDC was calculated back from the WLTP figure. It was expected some cars would rise by 5%, but the GLC rose by 20%. Because the cheating software could cheat NEDC but not WLTP so easily.

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