Mercedes Benz today launched the Made-In-India GLC-SUV both petrol and diesel versions in an effort to enhance the car's appeal and reduce the waiting period and aggressive expansion plan by the company.
The German automaker took wraps off the GLC a few months ago, to plug the gap between the GLA-Class and the GLE-Class. The locally assembled version goes on sale today which is expected to be considerably cheaper compared to the fully imported models. Dubbed as the 'Edition 1', Mercedes-Benz first brought the car to India in the CBU avatar and it had said back then that it's putting all its efforts to bring out a CKD version of the car to India. Well, it's finally happened as Mercedes-Benz rolled out its Made-in-India GLC from the company's plant in Chakan, Pune.
The GLC is still available in the petrol and diesel engine options and is now priced at ₹ 51.90 lakh for the 300 Sport variant and ₹ 47.90 lakh and ₹ 51.50 lakh for the 220d Style and the 220d Sport (ex-showroom Delhi) respectively. Mercedes-Benz has cut down the price of the 220d Style by ₹ 2 lakh as when it was launched, it was priced at ₹ 50.7 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Essentially the SUV avatar of the C-Class, the GLC borrows heavily from its sedan sibling. The locally assembled version does not skimp out on anything and includes all the niceties including the LED headlamps, the COMAND infotainment screen, leather upholstery and the two engine options as well.
The petrol option is a 2.0-litre unit that develops 245PS of power and 370Nm of spin. The 2.2-litre diesel unit, on the other hand, develops 170PS and 400Nm respectively. Both engines come paired with Mercedes’ new 9-speed transmission, and get the ‘4MATIC’ four-wheel drive system too.
Assembly will take place in the automaker’s manufacturing facility in Chakan, Pune, which already assembles vehicles such as the GLA-Class, CLA-Class and even the mighty Maybach S500. Mercedes-Benz has been focussing on strengthening its portfolio this year, and has introduced petrol engines across the range, including their flagships, the GLS and the S-Class. We are hoping some nutter AMGs are next in line!