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New engines give new Mercedes GLC-Class efficiency boost (gallery)

Mercedes-Benz will launch a facelifted GLC-Class this year with a range of new, more efficient engines.

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The new model will be available in dealerships from the middle of the year.

Revised styling gives the SUV an updated and sportier look, while its interior features a new larger infotainment screen and digital instrument cluster.

The GLC will be equipped with new four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. More engines will follow later in the year.

The GLC 220 d features a 194PS 2.0-litre diesel engine. It is the most efficient currently offered, with CO2 emissions from 137g/km. In the previous GLC, CO2 emissions started at 156g/km.

A more powerful 300d version is also available with 245PS and emissions from 151g/km.

Mild-hybrid technology is used on the GLC 300 petrol. It has 258PS and emits from 161g/km of CO2.The infotainment system includes “Hey Mercedes” voice activation and gesture control. There is also enhanced online connectivity.

A camera in the overhead control panel can capture the movements of the hand as it approaches the touchscreen or the touchpad on the centre console. The system makes a distinction between the gestures of the driver and the front passenger, which changes the image on the media display accordingly by highlighting or enlarging individual elements.

Another feature is the Augmented Video, which complements the navigation using real camera footage.

The new GLC also features revised driver assistance systems, which include adaptive cruise control with enhanced stop-and-go functionality. The new system is linked to the sat-nav’s traffic alerts and will automatically reduce the car’s speed when approaching traffic.

Also new is Trailer Manoeuvring Assist, which provides assistance with manoeuvring in reverse in particular.

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