German premium-car maker Mercedes-Benz has launched the new compact SUV called the GLC here in India starting at 50.7 lakhs (Ex-Showroom Pune).The GLC is actually a replacement for the GLK which was being sold internationally and also had a left-hand drive (LHD) configuration. Now the RHD version has also been introduced and also the design language of this car slightly mimics the design of the sedan C-class and hence the moniker GL’C’. The GLC will be rubbing shoulders with the likes of the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5.
The manufacturer has spoilt the consumer for choice by offering both the petrol and diesel engine options on the GLC. Launching cars with the petrol engine right now is a very big welcome move since the NGT has banned the sales of 2000cc and above diesel engines in Delhi and Kerala. The GLC 220d (Diesel engine) is powered by a 2143cc four-cylinder diesel motor that churns out 170bhp and 400 Nm of torque. The diesel engine can scamper 0-100 km/h in just 8.3 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 210 kmph. The GLC 300 (Petrol engine) additionally uses a 1991cc four-cylinder unit set to toss out 245bhp and 370Nm of torque. This petrol engine can dart from 0-100 kmph in an astounding 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 222 kmph. Both the engines come mated to a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission (AT) with the power generated sent to all four wheels via the 4MATIC all-wheel drive (AWD) system.
The GLC compact SUV is also based on the C-class platform and it kind of reminds one of the C-class design. The headlights are now Full-LED with amalgamated DRLs inside. There is also Merc’s signature ‘Three pointed star’ emblem on the front grille. The rear tail lights bears resemblance of the AMG GT’s taillights. Although this car is pinned to be a compact SUV, The resultant design makes it more look like an estate.
It’s just amazing how Mercedes manages to retain it’s interior design lineage through ought all these years. Although the exterior has changed a lot, The interiors still have a touch of the last decade’s design. The dashboard and all the other interior panels are garbed in fine leather and makes the cabin ooze out class and elegance. There is a large infotainment panel on top of the center console which fulfils the duty as a display for the in-built GPS, audio system etc. Space is as per Merc’s standards which is fit for a king and his family. Seats are also well-contoured and very plush and comfortable as well.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC will be imported into the country as a Completely Built Unit (CBU) and hence will be christened the Edition 1. The GLC precisely measures 4,656 mm in length, 2,096 mm in width, 1,644 mm in height. The wheelbase is 2,874 mm long and the compact luxury SUV boasts a boot space of 550 litres, which can be expanded up to 1,600 litres. Mercedes-Benz now plans to bridge the gap between the X3 and the Q5 from BMW and Audi respectively. Although the GLC lacks the road presence of the X3 and Q5, only time will tell how they’re going to fare.