Mercedes-Benz unveiled the GLC F-Cell in preproduction form recently, where we got a good look at the vehicle’s interior, which featured plenty of new kit not found in the current GLC. Could these items make their way into the interiors of the C-Class and GLC facelifts (both share the same layout)?

Let’s take a closer look at the GLC F-Cell’s cabin, beginning with the dashboard. While the overall design is unchanged, there is now a large central display just above the air-con vents. Measuring 10.25 inches, that makes it more sizeable than the largest offering for the GLC (8.4 inches), and the widescreen unit appears to feature the same COMAND interface used in the W213 E-Class.

Moving further down from the display to the centre console, we see a different interface for the COMAND system, one without a rotary dial. The carmaker has stated the multifunction touchpad is a new addition for the GLC F-Cell, and we’ve already seen examples in the past on a W222 S-Class test mule and E-Class. Here, the touchpad comes with handwriting recognition as well as single- or multi-finger gestures.

Elsewhere, there’s a new engine start button that looks pretty identical to the one in the latest E-Class. The driver also gets a new steering wheel design that appears to have quite a bit in common with the one seen in the next-generation A-Class. The Touch Control buttons on both sides of the steering wheel are laid out in the same fashion as the S-Class facelift.

Lastly, the 12.3-inch digital instrument display replaces the conventional analogue dials of the regular C-Class/GLC, and on the GLC F-Cell, they show information regarding power reserves alongside conventional driving information (minus the tachometer).

It isn’t too far-fetched to think that these above-mentioned items could make their way into a future update for the C-Class (and the GLC which is based on it). However, until Mercedes-Benz makes the introduction, we’ll leave this as speculation for now. Even so, what do you think of these possible updates – would it be a step forward for the C-Class and GLC?