Weststar Associates Limited, the Authorized General Distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Nigeria, proudly presents the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLC, marking the dawn of the next era in mid-sized luxury SUVs. This fully redesigned model represents the second generation of the GLC, harnessing Mercedes-Benz’s legacy of comfort, refinement, and cutting-edge technology to redefine luxury in Nigeria’s automotive landscape.
The new Mercedes-Benz GLC debuts with the GLC 300 trim, featuring a dynamic turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 258 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. What sets this model apart is its integration of an advanced mild hybrid system, which enhances fuel economy by enabling the engine to shut off and coast under lighter loads. Anticipated future models include sport-focused AMG variants, promising even more diverse choices.
The new GLC exemplifies luxury expectations with its exceptionally smooth ride over various road surfaces. The cabin is meticulously crafted to provide a serene and quiet environment. The mild hybrid system allows the vehicle to seamlessly glide to a stop and shut off the engine when coasting, delivering an unmatched level of tranquility. While the front seats offer firm and supportive cushions, they provide comfort without extravagant flair. The GLC has made notable improvements to its on- and off-road capabilities, particularly in challenging weather conditions and on rough, unpaved roads. These enhancements include a simplified interface for off-road use, improved information display with the “transparent bonnet” feature, and better control systems that provide optimal traction and handling safety.
The exterior of the GLC SUV boasts a unique design that combines classic features such as simulated chrome underguards, roof rails, and optional running boards with new contoured edges on the sides for a balance between elegance, sportiness, and off-road performance. The new headlamps, which connect directly to the radiator grille, are a highlight and accentuate the vehicle’s width. Combined with the optional DIGITAL LIGHT, they feature daytime-driving ellipses and the well-known “torch.” Another design highlight is the GLC’s sporty front radiator grille with the Mercedes-Benz pattern.
The interior of the GLC seamlessly fuses aesthetics with practicality. The renowned Mercedes-Benz User Interface (MBUX) continues to set industry standards with its intuitive touchscreen interface. The steering wheel incorporates touch-sensitive controls, providing an advanced alternative to traditional buttons and knobs. The GLC offers extensive seat adjustments, ensuring optimal comfort for drivers of all sizes. With large windows and well-positioned mirrors, outward visibility is superb. Spacious door openings simplify entry and exit. The rear passenger area offers a reclining second-row bench, enhancing space and comfort.
Mercedes-Benz’s commitment to technological innovation shines through in the new GLC. Equipped with the Burmester® surround sound system, the vehicle offers an exceptional auditory experience. The onboard navigation system features augmented reality for clear, easy-to-follow turn-by-turn directions. The GLC boasts outstanding wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, providing access to a generous array of 15 apps per screen.
The GLC’s advanced driving aids provide invaluable assistance in many driving scenarios. The chassis is designed for optimal performance and comfort. It includes a brand-new four-link front suspension and an independent multi-link rear suspension. The standard suspension already delivers excellent levels of noise reduction, ride comfort, and handling. It also features an amplitude-dependent damping system. Moreover, the AIRMATIC air suspension comes with variably adjustable damping for compression and rebound, further enhancing the overall driving experience. The optional rear-axle steering in the new GLC makes it remarkably nimble and steady, especially when paired with a more direct steering ratio up front. This combination allows the car to achieve a rear steering angle of up to 4.5 degrees, leading to an 80-cm reduction in turning radius, down to just 11.0 meters.
Although officially rated with a cargo capacity of 21.9 cubic feet behind the rear seats, the GLC-Class excels in practicality in real-world applications. The flexible 40/20/40-split rear seatbacks can be effortlessly lowered nearly flat with the touch of a button in the cargo area, facilitating easy loading and unloading. The GLC also accommodates car seats with accessible Isofix and top tether anchors. Large rear-facing seats may experience space constraints behind occupied front seats, a common characteristic in this class of vehicles.
The GLC seamlessly encapsulates the essence of luxury and quality synonymous with the Mercedes-Benz brand. It redefines the compact luxury SUV segment, offering a harmonious blend of performance, comfort, advanced technology, and refined design. It is now available nationwide at Weststar Associates Limited’s authorized dealerships, including Barbedos Cars Limited, MB Automobile Services Limited, Skymit Motors Limited, Sunny Motors Limited, and Tetralog Nigeria Limited. For more information, please visit www.mercedes-benz.com.ng or contact our dealerships.