Mercedes-Benz GLC   
Expected Price of Mercedes-Benz GLC
Rs 38.00 L - 50.00 L

Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off the production version of the GLC during mid 2015. This new SUV model, in essence, is the latest generation of the GLK-Class but gets the GLC name thanks to its close association with the C-Class, as per Mercedes’ new naming and model convention.

Exterior

Styling wise, the GLC follows Mercedes' latest design theme and a result, the front end is reminiscent of quite a few models from the German carmaker’s existing range. Up front, the GLC looks similar to the entry-level GLA as it shares many of the external lines, curves and the avant-garde grille. The side profile, meanwhile, appears like the old GLK but expectedly is a lot more contemporary, thanks to the curvy profile and flared wheel arches. Again, the rear profile takes a lot of influence from the smaller GLA but brings a few new design elements to the table in the form of the wider taillights and a new tailgate.

Interior

The interior looks thoroughly modern and stylish and is complete with a lot of bits taken off the C-Class and a few other Mercedes models. On the India-spec cars, the AMG GT-like centre console is expected to be finished in gloss wood and will hold a lot of in-car entertainment functions. In terms of features, Mercedes will offer climate control, sunroof, a comprehensive driver interface, lots of airbags, cruise control, reversing camera, powered front seats and the latest version of Merc’s COMAND infotainment system.

Engine and Gearbox

Globally, the GLC is being offered with two diesel and one petrol engine option. The former is available in two units - a GLC 220 d and GLC 250 d which produce 166bhp/400Nm and 200bhp/500Nm respectively. The petrol is the GLC 250 which produces 208bhp/350Nm. All these engines will only be offered with the 9G-Tronic DCT gearbox as well as the 4MATIC AWD system. The Indian market is expected to get the petrol engine and the diesel in the higher 200bhp form.

Competition

Since the GLC will be offered in right-hand drive for the first time, it means Mercedes will be able to bring it here in the Indian market later this year. When launched, it will be slotted between the GLA and the GLE and will compete with similarly sized models from Audi, BMW and Volvo.

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