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First Drive Review of The Mercedes-Benz GLC

Mercedes GLC (Photo: News18.com)

Mercedes GLC (Photo: News18.com)

The GLC is pitted against the likes of Audi Q5 and the BMW X3 in India.

 

Mercedes-Benz is not affected by the diesel ban that’s been implemented in many states in India. That’s the reason why they are bullish on the luxury SUV segment in India. We recently went to Coorg to drive the all new Mercedes-Benz GLC.

The GLC is pitted against the likes of Audi Q5 and the BMW X3 in India. It’s positioned over the baby SUV, GLA by Mercedes-Benz in India. The GLC is launching in India on June 2, 2016 and we are expecting the car to be priced between Rs 50-55 lakh.

The GLC will come in India in its petrol avatar as well. The diesel engine mill on the GLC is the same engine that powers the C-Class by the company. The 2143cc diesel engine produces 170hp at @3000-4200 rpm and 400nm of torque @1400-2800 rpm. The is also capable of doing a 0-100 km/h dash in just 8.3 seconds with a top speed of 210 Km/h. But if you live in Delhi-NCR forget about owning this one till the NGT ban lifts.

For folks in Delhi-NCR, there is still hope as Mercedes-Benz will also be launching a much powerful petrol variant of the SUV. The 1991cc petrol engine has a power output of 245hp and offers 370nm of torque. It’s also faster when it comes to 0-100 km/h acceleration which it achieves in just 6.5 seconds. The top speed of the petrol variant is 222 km/h.

Both the versions are mated to a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission that’s smooth and offer 5 different driving modes; Comfort, ECO, Sport, Sport+ and Individual. In addition the GLC is also capable to handle off-roading conditions as well. There are three different off-road modes as well on the GLC.

For safety the GLC has a five star rating by NCAP and comes with 7-airbags, ABS, ESP and ETS. The GLC will also offer two trim options for customers to choose from for its interiors.

The GLC drives just like how one will expect a Mercedes-Benz car to drive. The GLC is neither too big nor to small for an SUV and for five passengers offers a good cabin space. Overall the Mercedes-Benz GLC is the most updated luxury SUV that money can buy and is bound to give its competition the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3 a run for their money.

Watch this space for more on the Mercedes-Benz GLC.

first published:May 31, 2016, 14:28 IST