By the numbers: how the new 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC compares to its predecessor

We place the new 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC next to the old GLC to see what awaits you when it arrives in Australia in 2023.

Mercedes-Benz unveiled its new mid-sized luxury SUV this week, featuring the new 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC probably again the most popular vehicle of the German brand.

However, Mercedes do not rest on its laurels and expect success. A whole host of changes have been made with the new generation 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC including changes to exterior styling, new interior finishes and design, better technology and larger overall dimensions.

Motive has been given images that immediately the new 2023 GLC (code name X254) to be against precursor (codename X253). We delved into key dimensions to determine how different the Mercedes-Benz GLC is between generations.

Here’s how to compare the two.

Fashion model New Mercedes-Benz GLC (X254) Old Mercedes-Benz GLC (X253) Difference
Length 4716mm 4656mm +60mm
Width (excl. mirrors) 1890mm 1890mm 0 mm
Height 1640mm 1644mm -4mm
wheelbase 2888mm 2873mm +15mm
front track 1627mm 1621mm +6mm
trail behind 1640mm 1617 mm +23mm
Headroom (driver) 1048mm 1064mm -16mm
Headroom (rear passenger) 1007mm 1006 mm +1 mm
Legroom (rear) 950mm 948mm +2mm
Elbow room (rear) 1480mm 1474mm +6mm
Shoulder room (front) 1456mm 1455mm +1 mm
Shoulder room (rear) 1438mm 1436mm +2mm
Luggage capacity (suitcase) 600 liters 550 liters +50 liters

Fashion model New Mercedes-Benz GLC (X254) Old Mercedes-Benz GLC (X253)
Displacement 1999cc (GLC200, GLC300) 1999cc (GLC200, GLC300)
engine 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine with mild hybrid boost 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine
Exit: GLC200: 150kW/320Nm (17kW/200Nm mild hybrid boost)
GLC300: 190 kW/400 Nm (17 kW/200 Nm mild hybrid boost)
GLC200: 145 kW/320 Nm
GLC300: 190 kW/370 Nm
Combined consumption 7.3-8.2L/100km (both engines) GLC200: 8.0L/100km
GLC300: 8.2L/100km
Transfer 9G-TRONIC Nine-speed automatic transmission 9G-TRONIC Nine-speed automatic transmission
Acceleration (0-100 km/h) GLC200: 7.8 seconds
GLC300: 6.2 seconds
GLC200: 7.8 seconds
GLC300: 6.2 seconds
To tow GLC200: 2400kg (braked)
GLC300: 2400kg (braked)
GLC200: 2000kg (braked)
GLC300: 2400kg (braked)
Fashion model New Mercedes-Benz GLC (X254) Old Mercedes-Benz GLC (X253) Difference
Digital Instrument Panel 12.3 inches 12.3 inches 0
Main display: 11.9 inches 10.25 inch +1.65 inches

The incoming X254-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC range will arrive in Australia in the first half of 2023. Pricing and specifications of the incoming model will be announced closer to launch.

Tom started out in the auto industry using his photographic skills, but soon learned that journalists got the better side of the deal. He started with CarAdvice in 2014, left in 2017 to join Bauer Media titles including Wheels and WhichCar, then returned to CarAdvice in early 2021 during the transition to Drive. As part of the Drive content team, Tom covers car news, car reviews, advice and has a special interest in long main stories. He understands that every car buyer is unique and has different requirements when it comes to buying a new car, but there is also a loyal subset of Drive audience who love to entertain enthusiastic content. Tom has a deep respect for all things car, regardless of model, and takes pride in noticing the subtleties that make any car tick. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t learn something new in an ever-changing industry, which is then passed on to the Drive readers.

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