Like the mechanically-similar C-Class, the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class luxury SUV is redesigned for the 2023 model year. It is slightly bigger than its predecessor and has a new turbocharged engine with a mild hybrid system. Find out what we know so far about the release date, price, specs, and new features of the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.
When is the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class coming out?
The redesigned 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class will likely hit roads in April 2023. It will be available at Mercedes-Benz dealerships throughout the United States and in various international markets. For pre-order/reservation information for the 2023 GLC, stay tuned. The Mercedes-Benz GLC for the U.S. market is built at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Pune, India.
How much does the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class cost?
The starting price of the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class luxury SUV is $53,900 MSRP. However, the full cost information is not yet available for the full 2023 GLC trim lineup. In comparison, the starting price of the 2022 GLC ranges from $43,850 MSRP for the GLC300 trim up to $66,500 MSRP for the AMG GLC43 Coupe 4MATIC trim.
2023 GLC-Class specs: Engine output and 0-60 mph acceleration
For the initial release in the U.S., the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class will offer just one engine option: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a 48-volt hybrid system GLC300. However, more powerful AMG 53 and 63 variants will likely follow. Also, Mercedes-Benz confirmed that it will eventually sell a plug-in hybrid version of the GLC in the U.S.
Mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, the turbo 2.0L engine generates 258 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Buyers of the GLC can choose a standard rear-wheel drive or an optional all-wheel drive system. Also, for acceleration, the GLC has a 0-60 mph time of 6.2 seconds.
The estimated fuel economy of the 2023 GLC is not available. However, the luxury SUV will likely have similar gas mileage as the 2022 GLC (up to 22 city/27 highway mpg).
Redesigned 2023 GLC-Class: Exterior and interior design and features
For the exterior styling of the redesigned 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, the changes are subtle. Design changes include a new shape for headlights, narrower taillights, and a single horizontal strip on the grille (instead of two for the 2022 GLC). Also, the 2023 GLC is larger than the outgoing model, with a length that is 2.4 inches longer and a 0.6-inch wider wheelbase.
Compared to the exterior, the interior changes are more significant. The 2023 GLC features the new MBUX infotainment system. It has two displays: an 11.9-inch central touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, as well as an optional augmented-reality navigation system. Also, the GLC has a new steering wheel with touch-sensitive control buttons. Plus, the GLC has an ambient lighting feature with a choice of 64 different colors.
Additionally, the increased size of the 2023 GLC results in more cargo space. It has a luggage capacity of 21.9 cu-ft, which is 2.5 cu-ft more than the 2022 GLC.
What are the luxury SUV competitors of the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class?
The luxury SUV competitors of the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class include the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Lexus RX, Acura RDX, Volvo XC60, Lincoln Corsair, Infiniti QX50, Porsche Macan, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar F-PACE, and Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
For warranty coverage, the 2023 GLC has the backing of a 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a 4-year/50,000-mile powertrain warranty.
As detailed earlier, the release date of the new 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class luxury SUV will be in April 2023. Also, the 2023 GLC-Class has a starting price of $53,900 MSRP, a significant cost increase from the 2022 GLC-Class.
This article was updated on 8/2/2022.