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2023 Mercedes GLC Trim Levels, Configurations & Comparisons.

2023 Mercedes GLC Trim Levels, Configurations & Comparisons: 300 vs 300 4Matic and AMG 43
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James Murdoch

What 2023 Mercedes GLC Trim Should You Buy? What is the Difference Between Trims?

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class offers a luxurious and powerful experience rivaling even the most prestigious models of the brand. As an all new design from within, its interior setting has been fine tuned to match - if not exceed - that of designer favorites such as their S-Class range. Seekers after extravagance should look no further than this sophisticated spin on luxury driving.

The GLC 300 is equipped with an all-new 4-cylinder engine and the latest in hybrid powertrain. This 2.0L engine provides a powerful 258 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft of torque through its 9-speed automatic transmission, available as both rear or four wheel drive (4Matic). Additionally, this vehicle includes advanced technologies such as starter generator integrated within the 48v mild hybrid system allowing for it to seamlessly transition between low load coasting states – optimizing fuel economy while maintaining peak performance.

There are also three plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain options available for the new GLC line-up. A diesel option will be available outside of the United States, but in the US, there could possibly be a GLC 300e standard PHEV engine that will elevate power output by 135 hp and 324 lb-ft of torque with its electric motor. A sportier AMG model will be more performance-based, but it is hard to say whether or not any of these PHEVs will make their way into the American market.

One of the new features you might like is the high-tech fingerprint sensor that provides you with biometric authentication. A new MBUX infotainment system will accompany the 2023 GLC models, and its voice-controlled multi-media system will be based on artificial intelligence. Inside of the cockpit, you get to use a larger-than-ever-before 11.9-inch central touchscreen multimedia display as well as a 12.3-inch digital instrumentation cluster. Enhanced ambient interior lighting will be made available, not to mention the option of getting AMG Line interior and exterior designs.

The 2023 Mercedes GLC-Class brings back many beloved, luxury features from previous line ups. With three trim levels - the GLC 300, GLC300 4Matic and AMG GL 43- to choose from at varying price points, buyers are presented with a special balance of power output options alongside cost. Take an in depth look as we explore which model offers premium performance for maximum value.

Compare the GLC 300 vs GLC 300 4Matic. What is the difference?

The 2023 Mercedes GLC line-up is set to come in two powerful options: the base trim, known as the GLC 300; and its all-wheel drive variant -the GLC 300 4Matic. These trims are equipped with a new standard 4 cylinder engine that exceeds expectations while maximizing fuel efficiency through an innovative 48V mild hybrid powertrain. With 9 speed automatic transmission replacing the former model's turbocharged offering at 255hp 273 lb/ft of torque, drivers can look forward to taking on any terrain confidently yet gracefully.

Both the GLC 300 and 300 4Matic contain LED headlights integrated into the vehicle's front fascia. In the rear of the GLC, there is a power liftgate that opens up into the generously spaced cargo area. Also, these trims ride on top of standard 18-inch wheels. Each of the exterior side mirrors are able to be power-folded. Keyless entry and a push button start make it easy enough to get into and start up the Mercedes GLC.

Inside of the GLC 300, you'll be greeted with sumptuous simulated leather upholstery on the seats and a comfortable multifunctional steering wheel. For added comfort benefits, both front seats have power adjustments and built-in heating functions that can help relax your muscles or provide warmth during chilly mornings. With dual climate control zones – personalized to each individual's preferences - as well as a household-style outlet for use when needed, it’s easy to stay in total ease behind this vehicle's controls at all times.

Enjoy a comprehensive range of tech features in the new cabin. The driver's experience is elevated with an 11.9-inch central touchscreen media display and 12.3-inch digital instrumentation cluster, as well as MBUX infotainment system for intuitive operation - all synced to your smartphone through Android Auto or Apple CarPlay integration.

Mercedes equips their GLC 300 models with a slew of helpful advanced driver aids. Both the GLC 300 and GLC 300 4Matic come with automatic high beam headlights. They also have forward collision mitigation, a system which will detect potential oncoming crashes and apply the brakes for you in order to try to avoid the crash. An automated parking system will steer the GLC into a parking spot with little - if any - intervention on your behalf. Finally, the blind-spot monitoring system with its rear cross-traffic alert issues a warning when it senses a vehicle driving in your blind spot or while you are trying to go in reverse and a vehicle might cut into your cross-path.

Compare the GLC 300 4Matic vs AMG GLC 43. What is the difference?

Upgrade your ride to the AMG GLC 43 trim level and experience turbocharged power at its finest. Benefitting from a V6 engine producing 385 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque, it's incomparable sportiness is further bolstered by an enhanced 4Matic AWD system for optimal handling as well as 20-inch wheels that ensure you look good while doing it.

The AMG GLC 43 has another sport-tuned specification that might appeal to you. It comes with a standard sport-tuned air suspension. This air suspension enhances handling and ride comfort alike by adapting itself. The result is an advanced sense of control and stability while you are out on the open road.

Inside of the cabin, you will find a lot of upgraded trim designs that are AMG specific. Also, the AMG's ambient interior light is able to be customized to give the cabin just the right ambiance that you crave.

The GLC's trim level offerings come with optional packages packed full of features. A favorite among drivers is the Driver Assistance package, which equips your vehicle with innovative collision avoidance braking and adaptive cruise control systems – perfect for aiding in safe navigation on the roads! This system ensures that you are always traveling at a comfortable distance from vehicles ahead.

Lane change assist will start and complete a lane change for you if you utilize your turn signal in order to do so. Lane keeping assist is there to steer the GLC back centered into its lane if the system senses the wheels starting to stray over the line marker. The lane keeping system helps by keeping the vehicle centered in its lane after making small adjustments to the steering for you. The enhanced blind-spot monitoring feature can utilize steering to help you avoid a collision with a vehicle driving in your GLC's blind spot.

There are quite a few stand-alone features available for the 2023 Mercedes GLC trim levels as well. You can opt for a panoramic sunroof if you want more sunshine and air flow coming into your vehicle on nicer days. You can also get a 360-degree surround-view camera system in order to see a top-down view all around the immediate exterior of the GLC. This feature can come in handy when you are trying to get into or out of a tight parking spot.

Another standalone optional feature is getting either leather or upgraded premium leather upholstery inside of the cabin. These leather materials are breathable and comfortable yet also quite strong a durable, which is typical of what you get inside of a Mercedes vehicles. Heating can be placed into the rear outboard seats while the front seats can optionally be equipped with a ventilation function. The steering wheel can also be equipped with a heating function if you want it.

There is a wireless charging pad available for the GLC trim levels, and it can help reduce cord clutter for your smartphone. There is also a tri-zone automatic climate control system if you want to upgrade from the standard dual-zone automatic climate control system. Last, but certainly not least, a head-up display will project helpful driving info onto the windshield in front of your eyes. This allows you to keep your eyes on the road as you look over pertinent data.

Final Thoughts

The 2023 Mercedes GLC-Class does not have an extensive line-up, at least not state-side. But what you can get is indeed quite powerful and luxurious. But which of the trim level options holds the most appeal for the average luxury buyer?

While the AMG GLC 43 trim level is indeed a fun one to test out, we would recommend sticking with the base GLC 300. Equipping it with the 4Matic AWD system will depend on the climate in which you normally drive. If you live somewhere that often gets slick driving conditions, the 4Matic is probably worth it to add on. But everyone else will likely be able to do without it. The GLC 300 has enough standard features loaded onto it for luxury buyers to feel like they are getting a lot of bang for their buck.

Investing in the Driver Assistance package is a smart move for any trim level - you'll get your money's worth and then some! Enjoy all of its well-integrated features on an everyday basis, plus feel good about its accessible price tag.


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