The new Mercedes-Benz GLC (formerly known as the GLK) has achieved top scores in the Euro NCAP crash test and was awarded five stars for excelling in occupant safety, child safety, pedestrian protection and driving assistive features.
According to Mercedes-Benz, the GLC achieved this by using a combination of a highly rigid passenger cell, highly efficient restraint systems and the company’s latest suite of driver assistance systems. Most of the GLC’s safety systems can also be found in the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class models, which include Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Crosswind Assist (great for interstate journeys), Headlamp Assist and Attention Assist.
As for passenger safety, the Mercedes-Benz GLC is fitted with an active bonnet which is raised by 80mm upon impact to provide additional crumple zone. Its engine cover and air intake have both been redesigned to create more deformation space – the only way to meet and exceed Euro NCAP’s stringent pedestrian safety standards. This of course works in tandem with the other safety features – Pre-Safe Brake with Pedestrian Detection, Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Pre-Safe PLUS.
Expect most, if not all of these safety features to be equipped as standard when the GLC joins Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s current range of models next year. It’ll be a year of SUVs, so expect the GLC, GLE and possibly the GLS to hit Malaysian showrooms over the course of 2016. We also spotted a registered GLE 450 AMG conveniently parked outside a house in Bangsar, a model which is due for its Malaysian debut in January 2016.