Mercedes-Benz India launched the new GLC SUV in India starting at Rs 50.7 lakh (ex-showroom Pune). The Audi Q5 and BMW X3 competitor will be available in both the petrol and diesel guise, with the initial lot of Edition 1 variants imported to India a CBU, with a host of features.
The GLC, based on the new C-Class platform, looks more like a crossover than a proper SUV. It has flowing lines and a majestic face, which makes it stand out even among the luxury cars. For India, the GLC 220d diesel which will sell at Rs 50.7 lakh, gets the 2.1-litre four-cylinder unit producing 168bhp and 400Nm of torque. The petrol version, which costs Rs 50.9 lakh, on the other hand, is the more powerful GL 300, with 2.0-litre unit making 245bhp and 370Nm of torque. Both the engines are mated to the new nine-speed automatic transmission, delivering power through the AWD system.
The features list of the GLC includes auto park assist, 360-degree camera view, powered tailgate, three-zone AC and an elaborate music system connected through COMAND interface with touchpad and navigation. The five-seater SUV had decent 550litres of boot space, which can be further expanded with folding the second row of seats.
Mercedes is currently offering the Edition 1 variant of the GLC, in limited numbers. The SUV will be soon put together in India at the Chakan facility in Pune, via the CKD route.