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Mercedes-Benz GLC 2023: new-gen SUV arrives in June in a pricier sole variant


The second-generation of GLC will launch by mid year in a single GLC 300 4Matic trim level 

Mercedes-Benz has announced it will bring its second-generation GLC-Class SUV to Australian dealerships in June 2023. 

Launching initially with a single GLC 300 4Matic variant, the model will be priced at $104,900 before on-road costs, or $12,600 more than the first-generation variant it replaces. 

If you want to jump into a new-generation GLC, the sole GLC 300 variant is effectively $24,100 more than the outgoing entry-level offering here in Australia: the GLC 200 SUV. 

2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic front side 3/4
Say hello to the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic

But the good news is that Mercedes-Benz says that the GLC is specified to a much higher level than before, and will include aesthetic touches such as larger front brake discs, 20-inch AMG alloy wheels, aluminium-look running boards and new body-coloured wheel arches.

Other standard equipment includes a panoramic sunroof, head-up display, front electric seat adjustment, seat heating and memory function. 

Mercedes-Benz says that a brand-new addition to the vehicle is what it calls a “transparent bonnet”, which is essentially a camera that allows the driver to see under the front of the vehicle when off-roading.  

2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic side angle static
New AMG-style 20-inch wheels are standard on the GLC 300

The interior has also seen changes, including the removal of most buttons or switches to integrate the functions into the portrait-oriented display touchscreen. 

Model lineup reduced, no entry-level 200 variant 

Mercedes-Benz has significantly reduced the range of the GLC for 2023, but has stated that the coupe body style and AMG performance variants will follow in the near future. 

2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV interior wide shot
Large portrait screens removes the need for physical buttons

A spokesperson from Mercedes-Benz Australia told Chasing Cars that an entry-level 200 model will not be made available due to low demand. 

The option of a plug-in hybrid model will also not be available, with buyers now tending to move straight into full-electric power from ICE versions, says Mercedes-Benz Australia. 

Have there been any changes to the powertrain of the GLC SUV?

2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV interior
A closer look to the restyled interior of the new GLC-Class

The GLC 300 4matic features a 48-volt electrical system with a second-generation version of the Mercedes-Benz’s integrated starter generator. 

This system is capable of providing an additional 17kW of power and 200Nm of torque to the combustion engine. 

The turbocharged four-cylinder engine now produces outputs of 190kW/400Nm, which is a torque increase of 30Nm over the first generation car. 

2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV back seat
There will be plenty of room in the rear for the whole family

Mercedes-Benz claims that the new GLC 300 4Matic can now sprint to 100km/h in around 6.2 seconds.

Available option packs for the new Mercedes-Benz GLC

One option pack will be available, a Plus package, consisting of the following features for an additional price of $6900:

  • MBUX augmented reality for navigation
  • Guard 360-degree vehicle monitoring/anti-theft protection
  • A Burmester 3D surround sound system
  • Additional driving assistance systems
  • Adaptive LED high beam
  • Noise insulating glass 
2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV boot space
Large boot adds extra convenience to the GLC package

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class 2023: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • 300 4Matic: $104,900