The next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC300 is due in Australian showrooms from April 2023 with just one model and there’s little prospect of more affordable versions being added.
The new-generation 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 remains on track for Australian showroom arrivals from April next year – and while the price is yet to be announced, it is expected to cost in excess of $100,000.
As previously reported, the new-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC will initially only be available in one model grade – the GLC300 – but the company now says there are no plans to reintroduce a more affordable variant to replace the current GLC200.
Australian pricing for the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 is due to be released in March next year, about one month before the first showroom arrivals.
When asked for a guide on pricing, a spokesman for Mercedes-Benz Australia told Drive: “There will be a technology-based price increase. The new model is bigger and more advanced than the model it replaces.”
When asked if Australia is likely to receive generous allocations of the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC300, the spokesman told Drive: “We hopefully will be able to keep up with demand for that car. We’ve already seen the take-up for the new-generation C-Class exceed our expectations, so we’re working with the factory to get a good allocation so we can get as many customers into cars as possible.”
The outgoing Mercedes-Benz GLC is still selling well despite approaching the end of its model cycle, which means there could be a blackout between the new and old models.
“With what we’ve seen with stock shortages in the new-car market, people are buying what they can get right now,” the Mercedes-Benz spokesman said.
When asked if the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 line-up could be expanded to include the more affordable GLC200 variant at a later stage, the Mercedes-Benz spokesman said: “The case doesn’t stack up to have too many variants, customers have shown us they prefer the GLC300.
“For now we have no plans to introduce a GLC200 variant in the new lifecycle. The market would have to significantly shift for us to reconsider introducing an entry model locally.”