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Mercedes Unveils mid-range SUV GLC at Auto Expo 2016

Snapshot: Mercedes-Benz India showcased the second generation of the mid-range SUV GLC at the Auto Expo 2016.

The second generation of the mid-range SUV from Mercedes-Benz goes by the name of GLC and represents a big step forward on several fronts: On a technical level the new SUV clearly makes its mark with the excellent standard of safety that is a brand hallmark, featuring state-of-the-art assistance systems and outstanding energy efficiency.

The design philosophy behind the new GLC essentially favours sensual purity and a modern aesthetic over the classic off-road look. The dynamic design exudes an emotional appeal while also employing purist forms. Surfaces embodying a degree of tension and precise lines cite the clear design line followed by all state-of-the-art SUVs from Mercedes-Benz.

 It gets a characteristic SUV front with a short, succinct overhang, upright, three-dimensional radiator grille with a twin louvre and centrally positioned brand star follows the successful new design line. Striking headlamps, optionally available as LED High Performance lamps, lend the GLC a self-confident look which is further emphasised by their distinctive night design.

Anticipations are that the car maker will launch the GLC crossover in three engine types that includes one petrol and two diesel mill. The 220d engine produces 170 HP and 400 Nm of torque, while the 250d power-train churns out 204 HP and 500 Nm of torque. Both the engines will come mated a 9-speed automatic transmission. Plus the power supply to the wheels will be through the 4MATIC four wheel drive system. Moreover, this crossover is also speculated to come with a hybrid motor in the 350 variant that will have the potential to produce 320 HP. 

This C Class-based SUV will be positioned between the Mercedes GLA and the GLE, and will compete with the likes of products such as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Mercedes- Benz India says GLC will be launched in second half, 2016 and will be a large contributor to keeping sales momentum up.

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