The Mid Size Luxury SUV segment has gained quite a momentum. With every single player vouching for the pie in the segment, and hence to remain relevant to the ever demanding customer needs in the segment, India’s largest Luxury Car Manufacturer by volumes and market size, Mercedes-Benz, launched the latest generation of GLC today in Delhi.
We had covered the car when it was launched globally, Click here
We were present at the India launch to cover the event and here is what we feel about the car.
The new GLC brings in fresh breadth of air to an now aging design.
Talking on the exteriors design, the overall design is a carry forward from the earlier GLC models, however the new GLC gets a standard fit High Performance headlamps, similar to the ones in the C300. However here, the headlamps are smaller, more raked and have significantly modified contours.
On the rear, the car gets completely new and revised bumper and exhaust tips. The redesigned full LED tail lamps also ensure an unmistakable light signature- with the hallmark blocks of the Mercedes-Benz SUVs in backlit edge light specification.
Step inside and is where you see a sea of changes, starting with the most obvious the central screen which has now not only grown bigger in size but is also touch enabled. It also comes with Mercedes-Benz’s latest MBUX software and the GLC therefore becomes the first car in India from Mercedes Benz with built in intelligent voice control which can be activated by just saying “Hey Mercedes”
On the interiors, the SUV also gets a new steering wheel with touchpad buttons, 64 colors for ambient lighting options, new walnut open pore wood trim, and wireless charging.
The GLC will be equipped with the next generation of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. The crucial feature of the M 264 two-litre four-cylinder engine from Mercedes-Benz is the increased output at significantly lower fuel consumption. In the GLC 200, the M 264 four-cylinder engine replaces the M 274 predecessor engine; the OM 654 four-cylinder diesel engine replaces the OM 651 predecessor engine.
Speaking about the launch, Martin Schwenk, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India commented, “Mercedes-Benz strives towards developing products cantered around the customers, which ensure the best driving with an equally intuitive experience. The new GLC is the most tech savvy ‘Made in India’ SUV and owing to its popularity, we decided to introduce Mercedes-Benz’s all new intuitive infotainment system - MBUX for the first time. The new GLC combines ruggedness of a SUV with the intelligence of MBUX and luxury appointments synonymous with the Three Pointed Star. We are confident this unique offering will continue to win the hearts and minds of our discerning customers.”
Mr. Schwenk added, “The launch of the new GLC reiterates our product offensive for the Indian market. The new GLC is one of Mercedes-Benz India’s highest selling SUVs, having sold over 7000 units since its debut. The launch of the GLC also marks the introduction of the next generation of MBUX with the aim to improve driver’s interaction with the various systems in the car. The GLC is targeted at customers, who are urban dwellers, tech savvy at the same time adrenaline seekers. The GLC with MBUX makes a compelling proposition in the mid-size luxury SUV segment and we are confident of the vehicle’s continued success of being on top of customer preference.”
Priced at 52.75 lakh for the GLC200 and 57.75 lakh for the GLC220D 4 MATIC variant, we think Mercedes finally has the a product to give the competition run for its money.