2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV Gets Hybrid Engine And A Transparent Hood

While many SUVs in the category rarely roam off the asphalt, Mercedes-Benz is keen to stress the new GLC’s off-road capabilities and promises new technologies to better face inclement weather conditions and unpaved roads. Dynamic Body Control works with new four-link front suspension and a multi-link independent rear suspension, and can adapt to the current the situation, speed, and condition of the road.

The automaker has also made the off-road experience simpler. Drivers can manage the features through the new off-road screen in the MBUX infotainment system. When users activate “Off-road Mode” they can access a new function called “transparent hood.” The tech uses a 360-degree camera to display a virtual view from under the front of the vehicle, including the front wheels and the steering position, as though the driver could see right through the front of the SUV. 

That can help boost their understanding of the current traction, driving, and steering conditions, not to mention avoiding hidden obstacles like large boulders or deep holes. There are also virtual gauges for inclination, gradient, topographical altitude, geo-coordinates, and a compass, accessed through the standard 11.9-inch center touchscreen that also supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the “Hey Mercedes” hands-free voice control system. Wireless phone charging, blind-spot assistance, 18-inch wheels, and a power liftgate are also standard, while a Burmester 3D Surround Sound system, head-up display, ventilated front seats, and the Driver Assistance Package are all optional. 

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