The Mercedes-Benz GLC is the latest recipient of the traditional treatment required for European cars to succeed in China – the long wheelbase. The premium brand’s midsize SUV offering has already been on sale in the world’s biggest auto market, but a new GLC L variant will improve its appeal.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC L is the same SUV that we’re familiar with, but with overall length of 4,765 mm, it’s 109 mm longer than the regular GLC. Of that increase, 100 mm has gone into the distance between the wheels – the wheelbase is now 2,973 mm versus the standard 2,873 mm. Clues can be found in the longer rear doors.

Earlier this year, Audi introduced the LWB version of its Q5 in China. The Q5L added 88 mm to the original second-gen SUV’s 2.82m wheelbase, which freed up an 110 mm of extra rear knee room. The Q5L is 4.77m long, the size of the GLC L. Merc doesn’t elaborate on the added rear space, but it’s pretty significant judging from the images. We also spot vanity mirrors between the front and rear sections of the glass roof.

Made by Daimler’s JV with BAIC, the GLC L will share the same engine range as the GLC. Three 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder units push out 184 PS in the 200, 211 PS in the 250 and 245 PS in the top GLC 300 L 4Matic. AWD is standard across the range. The standard wheelbase GLC will continue to be sold in China alongside the LWB, which is said to cost RMB10,000 (RM5,997) more spec for spec.


GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz GLC 200