Final winter sign off for Mercedes-Benz’s next-gen GLC

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Mercedes-Benz has been undertaking final winter testing of the next-generation GLC SUV, covering a variety of snowy and icy roads, with high winds and temperatures down to -30°C, in Arjeplog, Sweden.

During the final application and test work, Mercedes engineers studied how the extreme cold effected handling, ergonomics, thermal management and interior comfort, correlating the results of its simulation and modeling programs in real-world driving situations.

The test center, set up specifically for winter tests in Lapland, northern Sweden, provided extensive testing opportunities: hill climbs with gradients of up to 20% and test tracks with varying coefficients of friction as well as handling courses and skid pads on almost sheer ice posed the stiffest of challenges for the powertrain and control systems. During the final tests, data was analyzed by Mercedes engineers on-site or in close coordination with the relevant development departments.

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Lawrence has been covering engineering subjects – with a focus on motorsport technology – since 2007 and has edited and contributed to a variety of international titles. Currently, he oversees Automotive Powertrain Technology International and Professional Motorsport World magazines as editor.

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