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Mercedes GLK

  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
    Mercedes
  • Model:
    Mercedes GLK-Class
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    9 speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    132 @ 5500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    273 @ 1300
  • Displacement:
    1991 cc
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • 0-100 time:
    6.5 sec.
  • Price:
    INR 5000007
  • car segment:
    luxury cars
  • body style:
    suv

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

The GLC is available in the Indian market with both diesel and petrol drivetrains

Mercedes-Benz definitely is on a roll they have launched plenty of new products in the recent years and also given their existing products a thorough makeover starting from their sedans to the SUV’s. Many of you will obviously remember the GLK class which was compact Crossover from the German auto manufacturer which was actually launched back in the year 2008, this was obviously smaller than the GL class and shared most of its styling also.

Now in the year 2015 Mercedes Benz launched the second generation GLK class renamed as GLC as per as the new Nomenclature which was opted by Mercedes. What is interesting about the new SUV is the fact that this now looks nothing like the bigger Mercedes SUV’s rather it borrows most of its styling cues from the C-Class sedan which took us by surprise. Until now the GLK was not introduced in the Indian market but it was available in most of the International markets (so perhaps we Indians don’t know much about this Crossover) but according to the reports the new GLC will definitely come to the Indian shores because unlike the model it replaces this SUV is also made available with a right hand drive.

Expect this new SUV to arrive in India by the second half of 2016 and it is still unclear whether Mercedes will be bringing the new SUV via the CKD or CBU route and when it does arrive in the market this SUV will be positioned on top of the GLA and below the GLE Class. The new SUV was launched with three engine options including two diesels and one petrol unit. All these engines provides an impressive amount and torque output while the petrol variant is also offered with an impressive all new 9 speed automatic gearbox.

The new GLC Class definitely looks promising and also will satisfy everyone’s needs with its new styling and powerful engine options.

Update 02.06.2016:- Mercedes has launched the GLC luxury SUV in India. The new GLC is made available in both petrol and diesel variants. The prices for the new GLC has been updated in this article.

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EXTERIOR

NO SUV is pretty but Mercedes Benz has a reputation of building boxy SUV which definitely is not accepted by many because they look odd perhaps Mercedes too noticed that and that is why they have spent a lot of time behind their design boards and created the new GLC.

The SUV definitely does not look boxy at all and if you take a look at its front profile and you will instantly realize that it has taken its design clues from the C Class. The front headlamps even the grille with the three pointed star logo and two louvers on its looks so similar to the ones available with the C Class. The headlamp looks sharp and is also available with high performance LED units as well. The bumpers look stylish and also come with an additional integrated underguard.

While look towards the side profile and the GLC has lot of resemblance to a coupe specially its glass area. The coupe like impression is further strengthened with the dropping line which also is the signature styling of Mercedes and also by its powerful shoulders, while one can also notice two strong character lines running towards the side profile. Mercedes offers plenty of wheel size options for the GLC.

Towards the rear profile the GLC is characterized by its strong shoulder line and offcourse the split LED taillamps. Mercedes-Benz is also offering different bumper variants for the rear as well.

Overall the GLC gets this radiator trim with two louvers finished in matt iridium silver and chrome inserts. The SUV gets short overhang while the radiator grille with twin louvers also holds the star logo in the middle of it. The headlamps units are full LED high performance lamps which promises to provide excellent illumination during night. Towards the side profile the GLC gets a powerful shoulder line and a sloping dropping line towards the rear which also is the hallmark design feature of Mercedes. The SUV also gets impressive 18 inch 5 spoke alloy wheels as well which further enhances the sporty appeal of the SUV. Towards the rear the GLC gets broad shoulders, split LED taillamps design and because this is the edition 1 car there is also an additional ‘Edition 1’ badge towards the rear profile.

DIMENSION

Wheelbase 2873 mm
Track, front/rear 1621/1617 mm
Overall length 4656 mm
Overall width 1890 mm
Overall height* 1639 1685 mm
Ground clearance 181 227 mm

INTERIOR

The GLC interior definitely looks promising because the interiors comprises of fine Nappa leather, open pore wood trim and also hand crafted glass materials. The main highlight of the interior definitely has to be the dashboard which has flowing lines and large single price console panel. The GLC also comes with a new and innovative touchpad which is placed in the handrest over the rotary push button and this new innovation from Mercedes also allows or recognizes letters which could be used to operate the Command Online feature or even the Audio 20 feature. All that can be operated with the help of a display placed towards the centre of the dashboard.

When it comes to space compared to its predecessor the new GLC is more spacious which has actually made possible because this new car is also longer than the previous car. The foot space of the passengers has also been increased for easy entry and exit. Not only has the GLC come with loads of space for its passengers inside the SUV also provide an impressive amount of space at the luggage compartment area. The seats can also be folded to 40/20/40 split. The tailgate of the GLC also features an automatic opening and closing feature which allows easy access inside.

The GLC also gets 20 CD with Pre-installation for Navigation while the media can also be operated via the Touchpad: Intuitive operation by finger gestures. The output is displayed on the 7 inch media display which also comes with improved graphics. For the comforta and convenience ofd the passengers Mercedes has also provided a panoramic sliding sunroof on top of the roof., an automatic climate control, ambient lighting system with three colors along with five dimming levels to get the desired lighting mood. There is even a memory package for the front driver and passenger seat as well.

The interior of the new GLC SUV definitely looks impressive with contrasting stitching, while the interior trim gets high-gloss brown line structure lime wood and numerous detailing finished in silver chrome. Mercedes has also provided an interior light package for improved visibility inside the cabin. Just like we already mentioned above the GLC provides comfortable seating for 5 occupants. The seats too gets covered with Nappa leather and open pore wood trim, lastly the GLC also gets cargo bars which is present behind the behind the rear seat backrest which helps in enlarging the luggage space by another 30 litres, one can also easily access the luggage space area via the help of EASY-PACK-tailgate.

DRIVETRAIN

Like we already mentioned above the GLC is available with 2 diesel and single petrol engine options. All models come with EU6 emissions and reduced fuel consumption levels while there are plenty of other features including Start/Stop function as well. Mercedes is also offering a plug in drive unit along with all these engine options as well.

Although this vehicle is comparatively larger than the vehicle it replaces the overall weight has reduced by almost 80 kilograms and most of it happened because the new body weighs almost 50 kilograms less than the GLK body, while the aluminum parts on the chassis has helped reduce the further weight.

The new GLC is made avialble in the Indian market with both petrol and diesel engine options. The 220d 4Matic variant is powered by a 2,143cc, turbocharged four cylinder engine which is capable of producing about 170 Hp of peak power in between 1700-32000 rpm and 4000 Nm of torque in between 1400-2800 rpm. The engine can accelerate from 0-100 km/h mark in 8.3 seconds and has a top speed of 210 km/h mark. The petrol variant on the other hand is powered by a 1,991cc, turbocharged motor which produces about 245 Hp of peak power at 5500 rpm and 370 Nm of torque at 1300-4000 rpm. This variant can sprint from 0-100 km/h mark in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 222 km/h mark. Both the engines are paired to a new 9G TRONIC automatic gearbox which sends power to all the 4 wheels via the 4Matic all wheel drive system.

SPECIFICATION

GLC 220 d 4MATIC GLC 300 4MATIC
Output, kW/hp @ rpm 125/170 @ 3000-4200 180 (245) @ 5500
Torque, Nm 400 370
0-100 km/h 8.3 (8.5) 6.5
Vmax km/h 210 (205) 222

SAFETY FEATURES

For the safety of the passengers the GLC gets:
ESP® Curve Dynamic Assist

• Full LED Headlamps with Intelligent Light System
• Crosswind assist
• PRE-SAFE®
• Attention Assist
• Reversing camera with dynamic guidelines
• Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC
• Adaptive brake lights
• Dual front airbags, Front side airbags, Curtain airbags (7 overall)
• Tyre pressure monitoring system

PRICING

The Prices for the GLC 220 d and GLC 300 petrol start from INR 50.7 Lakhs and INR 50.9 Lakhs respectively (ex-showroom, Pune).

COMPETITION

BMW X3

The BMW recieved some subtle updates for 2015 year model and it definitely looks good. Presently there are two engine options available with the X3 and both these generates an impressive amount of power and torque. When it comes to its interiors the X3 is quite spacious and also provides fair amount of luxyr in its class. With 184 and 258 Bhp of power available these is a no nonsesnse crossover and an ideal competitor for the upcoming GLC Class..

You can read more about the BMW X3 here

CONCLUSION

The GLC is made available in the Indian market with both the diesel as well as petrol engine options there is also a fair chance of Mercedes introducing an AMG variant as well for those who wants a more powerful, aggressive and faster variant. The GLC definitely is priced aggressively and not only does this new generation SUV’s exterior looks better but its interior too is a huge leap ahead from its predecessor.

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  • Engine
    inline-4
  • Horse Power
    132 @ 5500 HP
  • Top speed
    155 mph
  • 0 - 100
    MPH
    Under
    6.5 sec.
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