Mercedes-Benz launched the highly anticipated GLC in India today. The luxury compact SUV, available with both petrol and diesel engines is priced at INR 50.9 lakhs for the former (GLC 300) and INR 50.7 lakhs for the latter (GLC 220d) – both prices ex-showroom Pune. Initially, the first batch of GLC models will come via the CBU route, and all be fully loaded Edition 1 trim levels.
The engines on offer in India include a 2143 cc, twin-turbocharged diesel engine (GLE 220d)with 170 bhp on tap, along with 400 Nm of torque, while petrol power comes from a 1991 cc, twin-turbocharged engine (GLE 300) capable of ousting a respectable 245 bhp and 370 Nm of torque. Both are paired to Mercedes’ 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels using the brand’s 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. Both drive-trains also offer a choice of five driving modes – Individual, Eco, Comfort, Sport and Sport+.
The new GLC is based on the current generation C-Class (W205) sedan’s MRA platform, and gets comfort and convenience features like an engine start-stop button, three-zone climate control with individual temperature controls, rear vents and three airflow modes, leather trimmed dashboard, an Audio 20 CD sound system, COMAND Online with touchpad, reversing camera with guides, full-LED ambient lighting with three colours and five dimming levels, powered steering adjustment, a panoramic sunroof, roller sunblinds in left and right doors, automatic LED headlamps and automatic wipers.
Apart from a 5-star EuroNCAP rating, the GLC also offers a long list of standard safety and assistance features including parking assist, attention assist, adaptive brake lights, seven airbags and a tyre-pressure monitoring system.