• Freshened exterior on Mercedes’ compact SUV
  • Updated 4-cylinder power
  • MBUX interface adopted
  • Goes on sale in late 2019
  • Current model priced from $40,700
  • There is a GLC Coupe version, too


Mercedes-Benz unveiled an updated 2020 GLC 300/300 4Matic it plans to sell by the end of the year that features a freshened exterior, a new 4-cylinder engine and a revamped interior that includes the German automaker’s MBUX user interface.

Offered in rear- or all-wheel drive 4Matic trim, the 2020 GLC 300 styling features a new grille, redesigned front and rear fascias, slimmer headlamps with LED lighting and new taillights. The GLC can also be equipped with a choice of new 18- to 20-inch wheel designs.

AMG Line trim also returns and will feature a new chrome diamond-block grille design, a more aggressive front bumper and angular rear exhaust tips. Other AMG features on this model include sport seats with bigger side bolsters, standard 19-inch wheels and new 20-inch split 5-spoke rims.

Refined interior

The new cabin design features flowing surfaces with a large center console with a new touchpad interface that sweeps up into the dash and topped by a 10.25-inch touchscreen. The digital instrument display in front of the driver is now housed in a 12.3-inch screen. The updated infotainment system includes MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) that uses natural speech recognition that responds to “Hey, Mercedes” when making requests.

Among the standard features on the Mercedes GLC 300 are smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, blind spot assist, heated front seats, new multi-function sport steering wheel with integrated paddle shifters, keyless start, dual zone climate control, power liftgate, active brake assist, crosswind assist and adaptive brakes with hill-start assist and brake hold features.

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New engine

A new 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine will power the 2020 GLC 300. The redesigned powerplant now makes 255 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The improvements result in a 14-horsepower gain in output. The engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission in both rear-drive and 4Matic all-wheel drive variants.

The GLC 300 is equipped with Dynamic Select drive modes that allow the driver to configure the vehicle response to match road and driving conditions. The 4Matic all-wheel drive can also be recalibrated with a 3-stage stability control program which provides for a wider spread in intervention between the Sport and Sport+ modes.

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 has a complete suite of driver assists available including active distance assist on the Distronic cruise control, route-based speed adaptation that employs the navigation system, and active assists for steering, lane change and keeping, blind spot, and speed limits. The GLC is also equipped with emergency stop assist when it senses the driver is distracted for a long period or can’t intervene in vehicle control, as well as active brake assist with cross-traffic functionality.

Pricing on the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 will be announced closer to its on-sale date late in the year. The 2019 GLC 300 starts at $40,700.

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