A more suitable question would be “can I buy one?”, to which the answer is, unfortunately, no. Mercedes doesn’t currently have any plans to offer the F-Cell to customers in the UK.
And even if it did, the fact that there's only a handful of hydrogen filling stations here would make it an unfeasible option for the vast majority of people anyway.
That’s a massive shame, really, as fuel cell vehicles such as this seem like a really rather excellent way of addressing many of the drawbacks people see in electric vehicle ownership.
Were hydrogen filling stations as commonplace as regular petrol stations, you’d only have to spend a fraction of the time it takes to charge an EV (even on a rapid charger) getting the fuel cell’s hydrogen tanks topped up. The ability to top up so easily would also go a long way to eliminating range anxiety, while you also wouldn’t have to worry so much about whether or not a charge point was going to be in working order, or even compatible with your car, when you arrived.
With so much government and media attention being placed on the development of electric vehicles and their related infrastructure, there can be no denying that they’re becoming an increasingly feasible ownership proposition. It just seems a shame that the same amount of attention hasn’t been placed on cars such as the F-Cell.
Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell specification
Tested Germany Price na On sale Not available in UK Engine Electric motor, powered by fuel cell and 13.5kWh battery Power 208bhp Torque 269lb ft Gearbox single-speed automatic Kerb weight na Top speed na 0-62mph na Fuel economy na CO2 0g/km Rivals Toyota Mirai, Honda Clarity, Hyundai Nexo
Is there any change in the GLC's handling character? Not that we could detect in the Subarctic conditions. The GLC drives like it always has, which is to say comfortably, quietly and reassuringly, but more detailed impressions will have to wait until we get to drive production versions later this year – hopefully under sunnier skies.
So, no revolution, but a solid evolutionary step. Not that it was exactly required; before this facelift, the GLC was already one of Mercedes' best-selling models. Even with increased competition in the form of more contemporary rivals of late, it would be a surprise if this success isn't carried over into the second half of the GLC's planned seven-year lifecycle.
It is and remains one of the best premium brand mid-sized SUVs on sale, but one that has just got a touch better in areas that matter most.
Where Ardvisjaur, Sweden Price tba On sale June Engine 4-cylinder, 1991cc, turbocharged, petrol, plus electric motor Power 255bhp Torque 258lb ft at 1200rpm Gearbox 9-speed automatic Kerb weight tba Top speed tba 0-62mph tba Fuel economy tba CO2 tba Rivals Audi Q5, BMW X5, Porsche Macan
Freedom in its most beautiful form - that is what the Mercedes-Benz GLC has stood for since its launch in autumn 2015. Like its predecessors, the SUV combines outstanding on- and off-road driving characteristics with spaciousness, practicality and comfort. In addition, the latest generation adds further advanced pioneering technologies, distinctive design, connectivity and state-of-the-art infotainment. Thus, the GLC once more demonstrates how elegantly and effortlessly hallmark brand safety and intelligent adaptability can be combined to great success. The result is an SUV that sets new standards, on the road as well as in terrain.
With its distinctive appearance, innovative driving assistance systems and a new range of engines, the GLC offers the best from Mercedes-Benz. The exterior design offers a wide and sporty visual appearance. Muscularly sculpted surfaces and distinctive details such as the chrome elements, which now run from the front to the rear end as standard, the redesigned headlamps and the heavily contoured radiator grille ensure a strong off-road character. The interior combines luxury and user-friendliness in an uncompromising way: The workmanship is at a high level and the infotainment system has larger touchscreen multimedia displays. In addition, the latest generation of the MBUX - Mercedes-Benz User Experience multimedia system offers intuitive and versatile operating options such as touch, gesture control and the optimised voice control system. The driving assistance systems were considerably expanded and complemented with the exit warning function, the emergency corridor function and the tail end of a traffic jam function, among others. Also new is Trailer Manoeuvring Assist, which provides assistance with manoeuvring in reverse in particular. For the market launch in mid-2019, the Mercedes-Benz GLC will be equipped with new petrol and diesel engines of the latest engine family from Mercedes-Benz with more output and greater efficiency - more engines will follow later in the year.
Facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLC brings new engines and tech
Mid-life update for BMW X3 rival gets new mild-hybrid petrol units and diesels, and will be on display at the Geneva motor show
Mercedes-Benz has upgraded its strong-selling GLC three years after the SUV joined its line-up as a successor to the GLK.
Set to make its public debut at next week’s Geneva motor show prior to a planned UK introduction in the summer, the 2019-model-year GLC gains a number of subtle exterior styling tweaks, including reshaped bumpers, an altered grille, revised LED headlamps and tail lamps as well as a new range of alloy wheels.
It also comes with a new AMG Line styling package boasting a unique diamond pattern grille insert, altered front bumper, rectangular chromed tailpipes and the choice of either standard 19- or optional 20-inch wheels.
Inside, the 2019 GLC retains the same familiar dashboard design as today’s model but incorporates new trim elements and a number of updated functions as part of the adoption of the brand’s new MBUX user interface system.
Included is a new multi-function steering wheel in one of two designs, both featuring small touch pads with horizontal spokes. Additionally, there is a new 12.3-in digital instrument display and the choice of either a standard 7.0-inch or optional 10.3-inch separate infotainment display – the latter now featuring touch control.
The rotary controller between the front seats has been replaced by a larger touch control pad, while voice and gesture control now also comes as an option. For the first time, there is also a standard keyless entry and start function and optional smartphone charging pad. Once again, the AMG Line adds a dash of sportiness, with sport seats and other AMG design flourishes.
As part of an extended range of driver assistance systems, the new GLC can be order with Mercedes-Benz’s Active Distance Assist Distronic, which monitors speed and adjusts it via automatic braking ahead of bends or junctions.
Accompanying the exterior, interior and equipment upgrades is a new range of longitudinally-mounted engines – all boasting power gains and emissions reductions. They include a petrol-electric mild hybrid unit in two states of tune and a conventional diesel offering three different power outputs.
The mild hybrid driveline is based around Mercedes-Benz's turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder M264 unit, which joins the GLC as a replacement for the older M274 unit, delivering 194bhp and 206lb ft in the GLC200 4Matic and 254bhp and 273lb ft in the GLC300 4Matic.
As part of Mercedes-Benz’s EQ Boost initiative, the combustion engine in the new petrol-powered GLC models is combined with a belt driven starter motor and 48-volt electric system providing an additional 13bhp and 111lb ft at engines speeds up to 2500rpm, ramping up the overall reserves of the GLC200 4Matic to 207bhp and 317lb ft and the GLC300 4Matic to 267bhp and 384lb ft.
The diesel models adopt the brand’s latest turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, the OM654. It replaces the older OM651 unit, with 161bhp and 265lb ft in the GLC200d 4Matic, 191bhp and 295lb ft in the GLC220d 4Matic and 242bhp and 369lb ft in the GLC300d 4Matic.
The initial drivelines are mated to a nine-speed torque converter automatic gearbox and a newly developed 4Matic four-wheel drive system claimed to provide added off-road ability. The driver can choose between five driving modes as part of a GLC’s new Dynamic Select system, including Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual. An optional Off-Road Engineering package also brings additional Off-road and Off-road+ modes.
With the mid-life update, the GLC also receives Mercedes-Benz’s Dynamic Body Control suspension with adjustable dampers for the first time. It can be combined with a sport steering system for more direct characteristics.Also new to the GLC is an optional Trailer Monitoring Assist.
Mercedes-Benz is yet to quote any performance claims for the facelifted GLC, but claims a combined NEDC consumption figure of 39.8mpg for the GLC200 4Matic and 54.3mpg for the GLC200d, providing them with respective CO2 emissions of 161g/km and 137g/km.
Other engines are planned to be added to the facelifted GLC later this year, including a reworked version of the existing GLC43’s turbocharged V6 petrol engine with an added 23bhp, up to 385bhp, but the same 383lb ft of torque.
Refreshed Mercedes-Benz GLC revealed with new engines!
The facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLC has been revealed ahead of its official debut at the Geneva International Motor Show, with the Stuttgart-based firm handing the SUV subtle styling tweaks, fresh technology and an updated range of engines.
As we understand it, the revised model range is scheduled to arrive in South Africa in the final quarter of 2019.
Exterior design changes include new chrome elements that run from the front to the rear, along with redesigned LED headlamps and a new take on the front grille. Various fresh alloy wheel options have also been added, while the rear end benefits from a revised bumper, new exhaust tips and redesigned full-LED taillamps.
Inside, the updated GLC gains a larger touchscreen display (the free-standing unit is now offered in either 7-inch or 10,25-inch form) as well as the latest generation of the so-called MBUX (that’s Mercedes-Benz User Experience) multimedia system and an optional 12,3-inch instrument cluster. A new multifunction steering wheel has furthermore been added, while the firm says the GLC’s driving assistance systems have been “considerably expanded”.
And engines? Well, fresh four-cylinder petrol and diesel powerplants offering “more output and greater efficiency” will be available at launch, with more engines set to follow at a later stage.
Mercedes-Benz has dropped the old M274 engine in favour of the M264 mill, which makes 145 kW/280 N.m in the case of the GLC200 and 190 kW/370 N.m in the case of the GLC300. Interestingly, though, both of these models are also equipped with a 48 V system and belt-driven starter-generator, feeding an electric motor capable of briefly adding 10 kW and 150 N.m to the mix.
In terms of diesel options, the automaker has replaced the outgoing OM651 oil-burner with the OM654 unit. Here, the GLC200d makes 120 kW and 360 N.m, while the GLC220d offers 143 kW and 400 N.m. The GLC300d, meanwhile, is good for 180 kW and 500 N.m. All three turbodiesel options pair a nine-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive.
The GLC facelift furthermore brings the option of Mercedes-Benz’s Dynamic Body Control suspension system, an Off-Road Engineering Package and expanded functions for the Dynamic Select system.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC has been updated and now gains the MBUX user interface system and electrification. Herewith the details...
Mercedes-Benz will introduce a heavily updated version of its current GLC to the market later this year, featuring the brand’s latest 48-volt electric architecture.
Although styling changes to the mid-size SUV are slight (new LEDs, some chrome garnish and a remoulded aft bumper), everything that functions with an active current onboard has been redesigned and improved.
The revised GLC will feature Mercedes-Benz’s latest MBUX infotainment functionality, comprising 2 screens and what is claimed to be the most intuitive voice activation and mastering technology around. There will also be an augmented reality overlay function for the heads-up navigation feature.
Interestingly, the availability of MBUX on what is essentially a C-Class platform in the new GLC, proves that one can possibly expect a similar infotainment and user-interface upgrade for Mercedes-Benz’s popular sedan in the near future, too.
Beyond the sophisticated evolution of GLC’s cabin digitisation, the entire range now features Mercedes-Benz’s advanced 48-volt onboard electric architecture, enabling stealth hybrid features. A belt-driven starter/generator configuration will allow the GLC’s engines to ‘sail’ in decoupled mode when no throttle load is detected, thereby saving fuel. It can also recover up to 10kW of energy at crank speeds up to 2 500 rpm. Alternatively, the system can add those 10kW as an electric energy ‘boost’ function during peak throttle demand.
The primary source of new GLC’s momentum will be a range of Mercedes-Benz’s latest four-cylinder engines: 2 petrol engines and 3 diesel engines, all turbocharged, will power the latest GLC.
The GLC200 boosts 145kW and 280Nm from 1.5-litres of swept capacity, whilst GLC300 runs the larger 2.0-litre turbopetrol, good for 190kW and 370Nm. The 3 diesel engine options are all an evolution of the same 2.0-litre OM654 architecture. The mildest of these will be the GLC200d with 120kW and 360Nm, increasing to 143kW and 400Nm in the mid-range GLC220d, before peaking at 180kW and 500Nm in the GLC300. A sole transmission option is standard on all new GLCs, that being Mercedes-Benz’s in-house designed and built 9-speed automatic transmission.
The only notable suspension upgrade is adaptive dampers now being available on both axles. Mercedes-Benz’s Dynamic Body Control harmonises firmness and rebounds at each wheel corner, by reacting to a range of steering, throttle and braking inputs, keeping the GLC as balanced as possible in all driving conditions and over a diverse range of road surfaces.
We will keep you updated as soon as local pricing and specification details become available.
Of all the refreshed GLC models, it’s the 300d that makes the most sense, because the diesel engine’s lusty and unruffled delivery is perfectly suited to the relaxed and laidback nature of the car. This is an SUV that happily doesn’t trade too heavily on the 'sports' in 'sports utility vehicle', and it’s better for it. It also comes close to rivalling the Land Rover Discovery Sport for off-road agility, which is no mean feat.
The only caveat is that we’ve yet to drive a car on the standard steel springs rather than the air suspension that’s standard on the Premium Plus model or an expensive option on others.
Elsewhere, the changes to the GLC's relativey roomy and well-finished interior inject a welcome dose of sophistication, the slick looking screens being a vast improvement on the slightly clunky old layout. And while the MBUX’s voice recognition can be sometimes wrongfooted in most situations, it works well and allows you to access various functions without looking away from the road.
This is a sector that’s not short of choice, but in 300d guise, the GLC deserves your attention. It’s not the sharpest-handling, but by not seeking that dynamic compromise in what is ultimately a high-riding and relatively heavy package, it's a more rounded choice and easier to live with day to day. That said, rivals such as the Volvo XC60 offer a similar feeling for less, especially when compared to this eye-wateringly expensive AMG Line Premium Plus model.
Mercedes-Benz GLC 300d AMG Line Premium Plus specification
Where Frankfurt, Germany Price £54,795 On sale June Engine 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel Power 241bhp Torque 369lb ft at 1,750-4,500rpm Gearbox nine-speed automatic Kerb weight not stated Top speed 144mph 0-62mph 6.5sec Fuel economy 39.2mpg CO2 157g/km Rivals Audi Q5, BMW X3, Volvo XC60
There are currently no plans to bring the F-Cell to the UK. Even in its native Germany it’s available in relatively small numbers and on a lease deal only, allowing Mercedes to keep a tight rein on the model. However, there is a sense of ‘never say never’ when it comes to British sales, especially against a backdrop of Shell’s recent announcement that it plans to roll out more hydrogen filling stations across the country. What's more, the GLC F-Cell has already been engineered in right-hand drive for the hydrogen-keen Japanese market.
Should Mercedes ever change its mind, the F-Cell would be a fine choice, with the mix of hydroge and battery power helping to make the transition from internal combustion a little less stressful for many. What’s more, the electric motor's refinement and effortless everyday performance makes it an excellent fit for the easygoing GLC.
Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell specification
Where Frankfurt, Germany Price tbc On sale June (Europe) Engine Hydrogen fuel cell plus 13.5kWh lithium ion battery Power 208bhp Torque 269lb ft Gearbox Single-speed automatic Kerb weight 2055kg Top speed 99mph 0-62mph not stated Fuel economy 0.34kg/100km (hydrogen) (NEDC) CO2 0g/km (WLTP) Rivals Toyota Mirai, Hyundai Nexo, Honda Clarity FCV
Mercedes-AMG GLC43 is already dead, claims new report
A fresh report out of the United States claims the facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLC range won’t include any Mercedes-AMG GLC43 derivatives.
An unnamed sourced told Motor1.com there are no plans to add 43-badged variants to the updated line-up.
Back in February 2019, the Stuttgart-based firm took the wraps off its facelifted SUV, with the coupé-style version following in March. Affalterbach’s 375 kW GLC63 S, meanwhile, broke cover in April, in both body styles.
The publication asked Mercedes-Benz whether the GLC43 – which debuted in standard SUV form in March 2016, with the coupé-style version following in September of that year – had indeed been scrapped, but the firm simply said “we prefer not to comment at this time”.
As Motor1.com points out, the gap may well end up being filled by the rumoured GLC53, which would in all likelihood employ an electrified 3,0-litre inline-six engine (as used by the likes of the E53, CLS53 and GLE53).
SA pricing for the refreshed Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLC Coupé!
CARmag.co.za has unearthed local pricing for the facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLC Coupé ahead of a launch in South Africa in the final quarter of 2019.
For the time being, only diesel variants of the updated model are listed, although the pre-facelift petrol derivatives – including the seemingly under-threat Mercedes-AMG GLC43 – are still showing on Mercedes-Benz’s local configurator (at the time of writing, at least). No sign of the updated Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S quite yet...
The GLC220d – which will start at R788 630 for the standard SUV body style and R931 750 for the coupé-style version – is powered by the Stuttgart-based firm’s 2,0-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel mill, which sends 143 kW and 400 N.m to all four corners via a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The GLC300d, meanwhile, uses the same block, but channels uprated outputs of 180 kW and 500 N.m through the same transmission, which Mercedes says is enough for a sprint to 100 km/h in 6,5 seconds and a top speed of 231 km/h (the GLC220d, for the record, takes a claimed 7,9 seconds and tops out at 217 km/h). In standard SUV guise, the GLC300d will set you back R829 401, while the Coupé version will start at R968 248.
Pricing for the facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLC has turned up on the website of Mercedes-Benz South Africa. Here's how much the newcomer will cost.
In terms of engine, the facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLC will be available with only diesel engines. Kicking off the range is the 220 d which is a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine. It produces a reasonable 143 kW and 400 Nm. The 300 d promises 180 kW and 500 Nm from the same engine but tuned to deliver higher outputs. All derivatives feature 4Matic all-wheel drive as well as the 9G-Tronic automatic transmission.
Mercedes-Benz GLC Price in South Africa (July 2019)
Note these prices exclude VAT, but are inclusive of the CO2 tax.
Mercedes-AMG is introducing a comprehensive range of measures in a fundamental update of its successful GLC43 4MATIC SUV and Coupé models. The AMG-specific radiator grille, the new-design lights, the expressive front apron and the broad emphasis of the rear end with its round twin tailpipe finishers add up to make these entry-level models into the world of Mercedes-AMG SUVs visibly more appealing. The 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine now develops 287 kW (390 hp), in other words 17 kW (23 hp) more than before. In conjunction with the responsive AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission, the rear-biased AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive system and the AMG DYNAMICS agility control system, it has thus been possible to enhance the driving experience, as well as the car's agility, still further. The latest version of the MBUX infotainment system, with AMG-specific functions and displays, introduces an innovative control concept that adds to the vehicle's feasibility for everyday use. This is further enhanced by the exceptional amount of space provided for passengers and luggage, as well as by a comprehensive range of safety features.
Mercedes-AMG GLC43 updated with more power and fresh looks
3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 now develops 396bhp in both SUV and Coupé forms
Mercedes-AMG has increased the output of the GLC43 4Matic SUV and GLC43 4Matic Coupe as part of a mid-life facelift for the two models.
Originally launched in 2016, the BMW X3 M40i and X4 M40i rivals receive an updated version of Mercedes’ twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine among a long list of changes.
With revised software, the 60-degree unit now develops an added 23bhp, taking the overall output of both cars up to 396bhp at 5500rpm. Torque, meanwhile, remains the same as before at 369lb ft between 2500 and 4500rpm.
Drive continues to be sent through a nine-speed torque converter automatic gearbox with AMG’s so-called TCT (Torque Clutch Transmission) software package. It is allied to a standard four-wheel drive system featuring a 31:69 front-to-rear apportioning of drive.
Refreshed Mercedes-AMG GLC43 revealed (boasting more power)!
Mercedes-Benz has whipped the covers off its facelifted Mercedes-AMG GLC43 (in both SUV and so-called Coupé body styles), handing the performance SUV fresh styling and more power.
Exactly how much more oomph? Well, the twin-turbo 3,0-litre V6 engine now generates 287 kW, which is 17 kW more than before. Peak torque of 520 N.m, meanwhile, is available from 2 500 to 4 500 r/min, while the claimed 0-100 km/h time is 4,9 seconds, regardless of body style. Top speed is, of course, electronically limited to 250 km/h.
A new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV and Coupe has broken cover, herewith the details.
The facelifted GLC SUV was revealed earlier this year as well as the potent AMG GLC 63. Now, the boffs at AMG have revealed the GLC 43 which wears a Panamericana grille, flanked by newly-designed headlights. The taillights are new too and the model can be further differentiated by its oval quad tailpipes.
In terms of firepower, the familiar 3.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V6 engine is found under bonnet but now it produces a meaty 287 kW (17 kW more) and 520 of torque thanks to larger turbochargers and software adjustments. All that grunt is directed to all four wheels using an AMG 9G transmission. Zero to 100 kph will take 4.7 seconds.
The Mercedes GLC SUV range has been facelifted in stages throughout this year, and now it’s finally the turn of the deputy performance model, which gets a new look and a performance upgrade.
The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV and Coupé models are now easier to tell apart from their humbler GLC siblings, thanks to a new ‘Panamericana’ grille with vertical louvres - something that is becoming an AMG signature.
This joins a pair of restyled LED headlights and taillights, new front bumper with a wider lower grille and a broad rear apron with AMG-specific diffuser. The 43 models roll on 19-inch alloys as standard, but buyers can choose from five other wheel options, up to 21”.
It seems Mercedes-AMG is not ready to fit its new hybridised straight-six motor to the ‘C’ family of models, so the GLC 43 soldiers on with the old 3-litre twin-turbo V6, but as a consolation it has been made more potent, the updated unit now producing 287kW, up 17kW on the previous model, while peak torque remains at 520Nm.
Against the clock, both the SUV and Coupé will run from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds, according to claims, while the top speed remains electronically limited to 250km/h.