While it’s true to record that the GLC-Class shares a platform with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, it’s a poor description of the design and engineering effort put in by Mercedes in order to make its new SUV stand out in an increasingly crowded segment.
The car’s body-in-white is a mixture of aluminium and high-strength steel and features structural reinforcements normally seen only on cabriolets and convertibles.
Such a construction has allowed the GLC to grow by 120mm in length and 50mm in width compared with the GLK and still weigh 80kg less, model for model.
Suspension is multi-link all round, consisting of significantly wider tracks than the GLK and steel coil springs and passive variable-rate ‘selective’ dampers as standard.
Ground clearance is 181mm, and although AMG Line examples have firmer sport suspension springs fitted, they don’t affect the car’s ride height.
An off-road package delivers another 20mm of ground clearance, improved clearance angles and an underbody guard.
Mercedes also offers height-adjustable air suspension that can extend ground clearance to as much as 227mm, which trumps all of its rivals bar the only one that also offers optional air suspension: the Porsche Macan.