Based around the C-Class, the GLC is Mercedes' answer to the likes of the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.
Come June 2, 2016, Mercedes-Benz will add one more SUV to its ever growing model range in India. Called the GLC, the forthcoming car will slot in between the GLA and GLE with its sights firmly set on the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60 here.
Successor to the GLK (which never came to India), the GLC shares its underpinnings with the current-gen C-Class. This means it’s based on the same Modular Rear Architecture (MRA) as the popular sedan. And the sharing business is not just limited to the mechanical bits. The exterior design of the GLC mimics that of the C-Class, albeit in a crossover body. Inside, it’s a similar story. The GLC features a similarly laid out cabin design that is brimming with latest gadgets and creature comfort equipment. And like the C-Class, it’s likely to set the benchmark in terms of design and quality in its segment.
Powertrain wise, the GLC will be launched with a petrol and a diesel engine. The petrol variant will come badged as GLC 300, featuring a 2.0-litre in-line four turbo petrol unit that is rated at 238bhp and 370Nm. This is the same model-spec that Mercedes-Benz showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year. The diesel version – GLC 220d – will come fitted the company’s tried and tested 2.1-litre in-line four turbo diesel mill, developing 168bhp and 400Nm. Both the engines will come paired with a 9-speed automatic gearbox, channeling drive to all four wheels.
Expect the GLC’s prices to hover around Rs 45 lakh – Rs 55 lakh in India.
Also read: Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Review