The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell debut in Frankfurt provided a view of some new cues that look likely to make their way on to the W205 C-Class and GLC facelifts. These include a larger 10.25-inch central display residing above the central air-conditioning vents.

The car also features a new multi-function touchpad to handle COMAND system duties. Having ditched the rotary knob, it’s flatter and has a larger surface area than the current unit. It comes equipped with handwriting recognition as well as single- or multi-finger gestures.

We managed to briefly try out the unit on the display vehicle at the show, and operation aspects of the new pad look to be far superior through the short sampling – movement is smoother, and tracking levels are good. The surface offers far better contact presence, translating to more accurate transcription.

Likewise the COMAND interface on the display, similar in vein to that on the E-Class, which has good legibility and looks much cleaner to sight. In all, the combination has a more intuitive feel about it, as can be seen from the short clip.

Other fresh bits are a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, a new engine start button that looks identical to the one in the E-Class as well as a new steering wheel design, which has Touch Control buttons on both sides of the steering wheel in the same vein as the S-Class facelift.