Mercedes, in an event in Pune, announced the launch of its Made in India SUV, the GLC. The lineup consists of two diesel variants - GLC 220 D 4matic Style, GLC 220 D 4matic Sport, and one petrol variant - GLC 300 4matic Sport. After rolling out these SUVs, Mercedes has become the first luxury brand to have the largest locally manufactured vehicles in India.
The Mercedes GLS SUV was originally launched four months back as a CBU (completely built unit) which was needed to be imported, making it a bit costly due to tax implications. However, the newly launched variants would be assembled as CKD (Completely Knocked Down), which will bring down the prices up to some extent. While the 220d Style and Sport variants have been priced at 47.90 lakhs and 51.50 lakhs respectively. The more powerful petrol variant is priced at Rs. 51.90 lakhs, all the prices are Ex- Showroom Delhi.
As for the specs, the petrol engine is a 2.0-liter mill that develops 245 bhp and 370 nm of torque, while the diesel engine is a 2.2-liter unit that produces 170 bhp and 400 nm of torque respectively. Both the engines are connected further with a 9 speed auto transmission and get the 4matic all wheel drive systems too.
The GLC takes cues from its sedan sibling the C-class, and the made in India GLC doesn’t skip any nice features such as LED headlamps, comand infotainment system, leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof, reverse camera with active park assist, ambient lighting with three colours and five levels of dimming and Thermatic climate control system. On the safety front Mercedes has equipped the SUV with tons of features such as ESP curve dynamic assist, crosswind assist, attention assist, adaptive brake lights, 7 airbags and tyre pressure monitoring system.
The GLC had quite a bit of demand even when it was a CBU product, and now with the CKD route, Mercedes is hoping to sell even more units. The Chakan plant of Mercedes produces some great cars of its portfolio which includes the CLA class, GLA class and the mighty great Maybach S500. Recently Mercedes has also been looking for strengthening its portfolio with the introduction of petrol engines across the range of its flagship cars.