Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 is Motor Trend’s 2017 SUV of the Year®

January 16th, 2017 by

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 is Motor Trend's 2017 SUV of the Year®

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 is Motor Trend’s 2017 SUV of the Year®!

Keenan Motors is ecstatic to announce that the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 has been recognized as Motor Trend’s 2017 SUV of the Year®. Thanks to Motor Trend, this isn’t the first time a Mercedes-Benz SUV has taken center stage. In 2013, the GL won the title, and in 2007, the GL 450 earned it. Being back on top this year, it seems like the perfect time to celebrate the latest Mercedes-Benz to be crowned best SUV.

So, how exactly did the GLC beat out 18 competitors? Firstly, consider the GLC’s design. Its extensive wheelbase, large wheels, and wide track hint at the vehicle’s impressive strength. Its exterior chrome finishes enhance its fierce demeanor. Inside, its 40/20/40-split rear seats provide the vehicle with a spacious feel. Its standard power liftgate to ease loading luggage adds a luxurious sensation. To expound upon this exquisite style, custom leather, ventilated front seats, a massive Panorama roof, and multicolor lighting all serve as interior GLC upgrades. Some models even come with rear-door sunshades and ionizer-purified cabin air.

Like its design, the GLC’s performance is arguably quite magnificent too. Its premium 241-hp turbo-4 engine exerts 273 lb-ft torque over a vast rpm range while employing a fuel-conserving ECO Start/Stop system. In addition to including immense speeds at minimal environmental costs, the GLC’s performance is incredibly smooth. Through its 4-wheel multilink suspension and AIR BODY CONTROL function, the vehicle adjusts so as to allow for even, polished cruising. Lighter and more efficient than traditional transmissions, the GLC’s 9-speed automatic transmission alone appear pretty award-worthy. To top it off, available 4MATIC® all-wheel drive facilitates in torque-wheel distribution to optimize driving safety and comfort in all conditions (including slippery roads).

Furthermore, the GLC’s technology proves noteworthy as well. Its sizable, easy-to-use display screen allows for entertainment, navigation, and thorough vehicle personalization. FrontBass® technology and Burmester® surround sound team up to fill the vehicle with crisp, clear audio. Itsmbrace® feature permits the convenient use of in-vehicle apps, such as Yelp® and local search. Additionally,mbrace® performs diagnostic tests to measure and ensure complete vehicle-functionality. Throughmbrace® and the Mercedes me app, one can even start the GLC and lock its doors with the touch of a mobile device. Most importantly, the GLC’s technological capabilities provide unprecedented levels of safety. It possesses a 360-degree range of detection, making hazards from all around the vehicle known to drivers. Its standard and operational systems can even autonomously brake, helping to avoid collisions.

Hence, because of its sophisticated design, strong performance, and technological mastery, the GLC prevailed in taking the honor of Motor Trend’s 2017 SUV of the Year®. Even when pitted against the Lexus RX, Lincoln MKX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace, Maserati Levante, Porsche Macan, Acura RDX, Infiniti QX50, and Volvo XC60, the GLC was deemed number one.

Moving forth, Keenan Motors is excited to help Mercedes-Benz continue proliferating the commendable traits exemplified by the GLC 300. Its sturdy yet sleek and sophisticated esthetic is likely to be emulated in models to come. Its capacity for fuel efficiency and monumental speeds may only tease at the environmental initiatives to be encompassed by future vehicles. Most notably, its paramount aptitude for hazard detection and autonomous responses surely reflect just the beginning of the Mercedes-Benz advanced technology-and-safety pairing.

Ultimately, the GLC’s recognition as Motor Trend’s 2017 SUV of the Year® reflects that Mercedes-Benz is off to an auspicious start heading into the new year. Motor Trend, an all-American automobile magazine, has been assessing SUVs for decades. Applying expert adjudicators and meticulous criteria when forming their assessments, Motor Trend’s awards are considered among the most prestigious in the automotive realm. Their praise underscores the foundation of diligent work comprising the GLC, and will inevitably encourage further exceptionality from Mercedes-Benz.

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