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Mercedes-Benz India has officially launched the 2016 GLC luxury SUV in India with prices starting at Rs 50.9 lakh for the petrol version, going up to Rs 50.7 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom, Pune) for the diesel variant. Mercedes-Benz GLC is the SUV version of the C-class and has some features in common like headlamps and sporty front grille. The GLC-Class replaces the GLK-Class and sits between the GLA-Class and GLE-Class in the Mercedes-Benz SUV line-up. The car will compete with the likes of Audi Q5 and the BMW X3.
The GLC features a curvy body with creases on the bonnet and sides. In order to give it a tougher look, the new GLC features plastic cladding and fender accentuation around the SUV. The car comes with headlamps similar to those of the C-Class and S-Class, LED tail lamps placed horizontally around the rear. Along with that, Mercedes-Benz GLC will sport a signature Mercedes Benz bumper design with dual exhaust tips, skid plates and a diffuser, a two-slat chrome radiator grille, alloy wheels and roof rails. Sharing its underpinnings with the C-Class sedan, the Mercedes-Benz GLC gets a wheelbase of 2873mm, which is 113mm more than the sedan and enhances cabin space on the SUV.
On the inside, the car has the same classy interior seen in the C class, that features wood and leather trim, a 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, power-foldable split rear seat and a power lift tailgate among others. 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. Safety features include a rear view camera, collision prevention assist plus, airbags, ABS, ESP, brake assist, anti-theft alarm and rain-sensing wipers. In India, GLC will be wearing a beige interior package and promises to offer consumers the best of experience.
Under the hood, the Mercedes-Benz GLC offers both petrol (GLC 300) and diesel (GLC 220d) run engine options. 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. As expected, the engines will be mated to a dual-clutch 9-speed gearbox, whereas a limited number of the GLC will get a 4Matic (Petrol) all-wheel drive. It will also have AirMatic suspension and an off-road assist on the all-wheel drive variant.
The Mercedes GLC comes loaded with additional safety features like 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 GLC is being brought to the country as a CBU and will eventually follow Mercedes’ usual plans of being assembled in India. Looking at the entire package, this is one of the finest offerings by Mercedes-Benz and with this price range, it is looking at creating the same stir in the Indian market as it did in the US market. Source
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