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Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2015-06-21 Megan Stewart
Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC

For the 2016 model year, Mercedes-Benz has changed many of the names in its lineup. The 2016 GLC replaces the GLK for the second generation of the model. While larger than the outgoing GLK, the GLC sheds weight due to the use of aluminum and high-strength steel. Mercedes-Benz has swapped the standard V-6 for a more efficient turbocharged four-cylinder and added a nine-speed automatic. Right now, the U.S. will only be getting two models, the GLC300 and GLC 300 4Matic. The interior and exterior have both been redesigned for the new model year, but will the new 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC distance itself too much from the GLK?

Looking at the front end, almost every aspect has been redesigned, including the LED headlights that offer a more rounded appearance than the outgoing model. The grille has been redesigned and replaces the almost smiling appearance with a much more aggressive look. The hood features more character lines that run into the side of the body. The lines themselves are smoother and flow with the body of the car, rather than purposefully angular for a muscular appearance like with the GLK. The roof now slopes at the rear, giving the model a more streamlined profile. The boxy look of the former model has been replaced in almost every aspect of the GLC.

At the back, the changes make the GLC seem like a completely different vehicle from the GLK. The rear window has been rounded out to flow with the new design, the taillights are now more horizontal instead of stacked, and the exhaust pipes now rest behind the rear wheels instead of right on the inside of them. The rear also offers clean, crisp lines that complete the look of the new 2016 GLC.

Inside, the changes are almost as drastic as the exterior. The center stack has been redesigned with three circular air vents instead of two, and controls for the HVAC and infotainment system have been straightened out, providing a cleaner, simpler look. The infotainment screen no longer rests in the dash but floats atop the three vents just like in other modern Mercedes models. The steering wheel has been redesigned with a sporty flat bottom. The instrument panel has also been given an update, giving the entire setup a much more modern feel.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC could be called a completely new vehicle, instead of the GLK replacement. With larger dimensions, a completely redesigned look inside and out, and new engines, the new GLC may be too much of a departure from the outgoing GLK, but whether that's a good or bad thing remains to be seen.

The 2016 BMW 7 Series was the focus of last week's installment of Refreshing or Revolting. Reactions to the updated model were mixed.

2016 Mercedes Benz GLC Class 4Matic © Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mercedes Benz GLC Class 4Matic

"I wouldn't say revolting. No BMW is revolting. But underwhelming, yes. The design is so familiar and uninspiring. I'm sure the quality is top notch and the engine is a marvel…but the 2016 BMW 7 Series just hasn't shocked the world like the 2015 S-Class introduction did," said dominic. W@NY.

"Refreshing. This one loses its sporty design and gains a regal and handsome int./ext. This car looks like you should be driven in it and not drive it yourself," said Midosan.

"It's an improvement, but it also isn't very stylish. I'd say neither," said RCD.

"It's nice, modern, same old same old. However, the last one just had this unique charm like the Jaguar XJ. Unfortunately, this one has lost it. But this will really make its customers happy," said rsi355.

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