2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs Mercedes-Benz GLK
The 2016 model year marks the beginning of a new era for Mercedes-Benz, as it renames, redesigns, and introduces new vehicles into the lineup. At the forefront of those changes is the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the compact SUV formerly known as the Mercedes-Benz GLK. The change in name coincides with the reshuffling of Mercedes-Benz nomenclature, as all SUVs will be renamed to parallel with Mercedes-Benz cars (GLC-Class fits with C-Class). But in this instance, the badging is far from the only change.
The 2016 model is completely redesigned, delivering a more spacious, modern, and luxurious experience with all the toughness of a utility vehicle. To provide a little further insight, we'll compare the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. Mercedes-Benz GLK and highlight some of the key upgrades you'll find in the new model.
The changes start with the SUV's frame, which features a wheelbase 4.6-inches longer than the outgoing model, which translates to additional cubic feet of cargo and passenger. At the same time, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC is nearly 200 pounds lighter than its predecessor.
|2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300||VS||2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK350|
|2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder||Engine||3.5L V-6|
|241 HP / 273 lb-ft Torque||Power Ratings||302 HP/273 lb-ft Torque|
|9-Speed Automatic||Transmission||7-Speed Automatic|
|3900 lbs.||Weight||4079 lbs.|
What's the difference between the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and GLK-Class?
The aforementioned weight loss contributes to an expected substantial boost in fuel-efficiency. While official ratings aren't available to this point, the weight loss, additional gears, and turbocharged engine will all contribute toward enhancing the 19 mpg city / 25 mpg highway ratings from the GLK-Class.
One of the most attractive new features for the 2016 model year is the Dynamic Select System, which allows drivers to select how firmness of the ride. Three modes — Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ — not only adjust the damper firmness, but two two Sport modes actually lower the suspension up to 0.8 inches.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is expected to arrive at Loeber Motors in November of 2015. Click below to be among the first to drive the all-new model when it touches down on the lot.