The Mercedes GLC300 SUV is now available, and that means the former GLK’s spiritual heir is open to be test-driven and reviewed by industry critics. So far, everyone seems to love the GLC300, particularly focusing on its plush interior and luxurious driving experience. Plus, with a price tag of under $40,000 for the entry-level trim with rear-wheel drive, the GLC300 is unusually affordable for a member of the luxury SUV segment.
The large windows and thin pillars of the GLC300 provide excellent visibility and lend an extra air of spaciousness to the already roomy and comfortable interior, which offers premium comforts and amenities such as soft-touch, padded seats, and upscale insulation against wind and engine noise. Plus, since the GLC300 uses the luxury sedan C-Class as a base, that sensation of smooth, car-like maneuverability and performance extends to the SUV. It’s apparent that Mercedes didn’t hold back when making this masterpiece.
The Mercedes GLC300 SUV is, overall, highly customizable, with a number of standard and available features and luxuries. These include everything from standard forward collision warning with automatic brakes to optional leather seats, though the high-quality brown leatherette upholstery comes with the vehicle. That would be too good to pass up on.
Vehicles have come a long way since the days when airbags were an optional feature and the use of seat belts was elective rather than mandatory. These days, technology has advanced so much that we’re now close to seeing self-driving cars on public roads, with many automakers already testing this technology. The new Mercedes safety tech in the next-gen E-Class will help bring the automaker’s vehicles one step closer to achieving autonomous, accident-free driving.
The E-Class is expected to be released in spring 2016. The technology, which Mercedes calls Intelligent Drive next Level, includes steering assistance with hearing and safety protection. The steering assist will help the driver outmaneuver an obstacle in order to avoid an accident. The hearing protection includes systems that protect occupants’ ears and hearing during a crash. Finally, the safety protection helps push the driver and front passenger away from the doors in case of a side impact.
Intelligent Drive next Level is part of the Driver Assistance Package, which includes: Active Brake Assist, Evasive Steering Assist, Remote Parking Pilot, Car-to-X Communication, Digital Car Key, PRE-SAFE® Impulse Side, PRE-SAFE Sound, and MULTIBEAM LED headlamps. All of these features, along with Intelligent Drive next Level, will help keep Mercedes on the cutting edge of safety technology as we move into the future.
As Professor Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, explains, “”We are taking a further major step along the road to autonomous and connected driving. The innovations that will be available for the future E-Class taking safety, stress relief, and comfort to a new level. And as such further Mercedes-Benz is underlining its leading position as a safety pioneer.”
We look forward to seeing these innovations in person when the new E-Class arrives at Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead next year!