India’s largest luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz launched their latest generation GLC SUV for Indian market today. The facelifted Mercedes-Benz SUV is now priced at Rs 52.75 lakh, ex-showroom for the GLC 200 variant and Rs 57.75 lakh, ex-showroom for the GLC 220d variant. The GLC competes with cars like Audi Q5, BMW X3 in the segment.
In Terms of updates, the new GLC gets a minor changes on the outside like a new design for the front grille, a new bumper and chrome plated skid plates on the front. Profile of the GLC remains unchanged and the taillights get a new design. The rear bumper of the car has also been updated. All these changes are subtle and end up making the GLC facelift look better.
On the inside the luxury SUV does not disappoint at all. It gets all the features like plush leather seats, panoramic sunroof, digital instrument cluster, 10.25 inch touchscreen infotainment system and many more. One of the highlights of the new GLC is the ‘MBUX’ or the Mercedes-Benz User Experience multimedia system. It is an impressive feature which helps the user to control the features of the car using touchpad which is placed on the centre console. It can also be done using a voice command where the user will have to simply say ‘Hey Mercedes’ followed by the command and the AI based voice assistant will get the task done. GLC is the first SUV from Mercedes stable to get MBUX feature. Other models will also get the same feature in near future.
Other features that the new GLC SUV gets are Ambient lighting with 64 different colours levels, Active Braking Assist, steering with touch control buttons, and wireless charging for mobile phones. Mercedes-Benz had launched GLC in India back in 2016, (initially it was a CBU, later with demand Mercedes started producing it locally) ever since then Mercedes has sold over 7000 GLC’s in India.
The new GLC SUV gets petrol and diesel engines and both are BS 6 compliant. The 2.0L petrol engine produces a maximum of 197 hp and 320 Nm torque and the 2.0L diesel engine produces 194 hp and 400 Nm of peak torque. Talking to the media at the launch, Martin Schwenk, M.D & CEO Mercedes-Benz India said, “Mercedes-Benz strives towards developing, products centred around the customers which ensures the best driving with an equally intuitive experience.”
he also added that it is the most tech savvy ‘Made in India’ SUV. Mercedes-Benz has also launched service package for GLC customers to make the ownership experience better. The STAR EASE service package for the new GLC starts at RS 66,100 for 2 years or unlimited kilometers.