The second generation Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 FMATIC SUV has been released with a raft of updates to provide more features as standard equipment than ever before.

This includes a panoramic sunroof and Head-Up Display (previously available in the added-cost Vision Pack); front seat electric adjustment, memory settings and seat heating (previously in the Seat Comfort Pack); and AMG Line exterior and interior enhancement.

New body-coloured wheel arches add extra visual presence, as do newly tapered aluminium-look running boards with rubberised studs, 20-inch AMG bi-colour alloy wheels, and larger front brake discs.

The GLC 300 also features a new addition to the Mercedes-Benz range. Targeted towards driving on rough terrain, the “transparent bonnet” feature displays a picture on the central display screen showing any ground obstructions directly in front of, or directly beneath the front of the vehicle, as well as the angle of the front wheels.

These features are helpful in finding a safe path through challenging terrain. This supports the Off-Road driving mode, which includes a new off-road screen showing an array of important data such as incline, gradient, altitude and compass.

Inside, there’s a radical overhaul of the interior following the lead set by the C-Class, banishing almost all buttons and switches. Instead, a central portrait-oriented display screen becomes the focal point for the majority of the vehicle’s functions, including the latest generation of the MBUX infotainment system.

This intuitive interface replaces a number of legacy controllers and switchgear, resulting in an impressively minimal cockpit ambience beset with high-quality materials such as ARTICO seats, upper dash and door linings; wood grain dashboard trim; and an elegant piano black finish for the centre console. Wireless smartphone integration and charging are also standard.

With a length of 4716 mm, it is 60 mm longer and 4 mm lower than its predecessor. The track widths have been increased by 6 mm at the front (now 1627 mm) and 23 mm at the rear (now: 1640 mm).  The luggage capacity benefits from the larger rear overhang (plus 33mm) and has increased significantly to 620 litres (+50 litres compared to the preceding model).

The rear seat backrest can be split-folded in a 40:20:40 ratio. Electrically operated unlocking of the rear seat backrest is activated by push-button switches on the left and right side of the rear seat backrest, or via controls in the load compartment. The GLC has an EASY-PACK tailgate as standard. This opens or closes conveniently at the touch of a button: using the button on the ignition key, the switch in the driver’s door, or the unlocking handle on the tailgate.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC SUV retails for $104,900 (MRLP) and is set to go on sale in June 2023.

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