Mercedes-Benz launched the GLC in India in June this year. Dubbed as the 'Edition 1', Mercedes-Benz first brought the car to India in the CBU avatar and it had said back then that it's putting all its efforts to bring out a CKD version of the car to India. Well, it's finally happened as Mercedes-Benz rolled out its Made-in-India GLC from the company's plant in Chakan, Pune. The GLC is still available in the petrol and diesel engine options and is now priced at ₹ 51.90 lakh for the 300 Sport variant and ₹ 47.90 lakh and ₹ 51.50 lakh for the 220d Style and the 220d Sport (ex-showroom Delhi) respectively. Mercedes-Benz has cut down the price of the 220d Style by ₹ 2 lakh as when it was launched, it was priced at ₹ 50.70 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
This is an extremely important product for Mercedes-Benz in India as the company never had an SUV in this segment in India. So, it really didn't have a rival for the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, but now that the car will be made in India, it will be price competitive as well. Sharing its underpinnings with the C-Class sedan (Hence the nameplate), the Mercedes-Benz GLC gets a wheelbase of 2873mm, which is 113mm more than the sedan and enhances cabin space on the SUV.
The styling too is in-line with the C-Class and the similarities are evident in the front. A twin-slat grille graces the front with a chrome finished faux skid plate, while the headlights are quite similar to the ones on the C-Class. The rear sports the AMG GT inspired tail lamps and twin exhausts surrounded by a good amount of chrome. The silhouette though is more estate-like and we've already said all of this in our review.
The cabin on the Mercedes-Benz GLC holds a strong resemblance to the C-Class and gets impeccable fit and finish. A 7-inch infotainment screen gives out all the information including a 360-degree view of the SUV, while infotainment features include 20 CD stereo, Garmin-based navigation, 2 USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity and much more. The boot capacity stands at 550-litres, which can be expanded to 1600-litres with the rear seats folded down.
Mercedes-Benz is offering both petrol and diesel engine options on the GLC. The GLC 220d is powered by a 2143cc four-cylinder diesel motor that produces 170bhp and 400 Nm of torque. The GLC 300 petrol, on the other hand, uses a 1991cc four-cylinder unit tuned for 245bhp and 370Nm of torque. Both units come paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission with power sent to all four wheels via the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.
Talking about safety features, the Mercedes GLC comes loaded with parking assist, attention assist, adaptive brake lights, tyre pressure monitoring system and even 7 airbags. The SUV also gets multiple driving modes and off-road settings that comprise of off-road, incline and slippery. You also get hill descent control as a standard feature.
The locally produced GLC gives a few features a miss and this includes the electric tailgate and memory option for seat adjustment. It also gets a two zone instead of three climate control system, while navigation is now part of the accessory package. The company has given it differently styled alloy wheels too compared to the CBU version.
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