The German luxury automaker follows its trend to amaze the world with its each new innovation, and this time the company gives it a shape of a car, christened as Mercedes-Benz GLC Class. The car is introduced for the Indonesian market as a renamed version of the former GLK-Class. The vehicles is a compact luxury crossover SUV that was out for sale since 2008 and was showcased at the 2008 Beijing Auto Show in the name- Mercedes-Benz GLK-class for some other countries. The name “GLC” of the car is precisely formed with “G” for gelandewan that goes for 'off-road' in German and L is the linkage with “C” marking equivalence to the C-Class. With this car, the German Giant wishes to attack the segment of the market which crave benefits of luxury, sport, power and handling, all capsuled in one car. Coming over to the most talked about quintessential feature of the car, which is the exterior designing part. The car is given a solemn enchanting and sporty look, which flows into aerodynamic details at the side profile and the flowing bonnet design. The grace of the car doesn't just restricts to its exteriors but flows in the interiors too. The ergonomically crafted cockpit of the car feeds a delicious feast of authority to the driver and the luxury added in the interiors adds to the driving pleasure. The car is expected to come with 4 variants namely- GLC 4Matic, GLC 350 e Matic, GLC 220 d 4Matic and the GLC 250 d 4Matic. The heart pumping life down the veins of the GLC 220 d 4Matic variant is the Inline 4-cylinder 2143cc diesel engine, which sprints hard to churn out a maximum power of 170hp between 3000–4200 rpm coupled to a maximum torque of 400Nm between 1600-1800 rpm. The athletic SUV is safe too owing to the well-configured list of safety feature employed in it. This list consists of Antilock Braking System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Adaptive Braking system, lane keeping assist and passive blind spot assist.
The finely-refined 2143 cc inline 4 cylinder engine of the GLC 220 d 4Matic variant squeezes out energy from each drop of fuel to buy you a fuel economy of 5.5-5.0 litres/100km. The fuel consumption values for the GLC 250 d 4 Matic variant remains the same. Which, itself flaunts the refinement injected in the engine. The plug-in hybrid 350 e Matic variant excels in this section with a fuel economy of 2.6 litres/100km.
The dynamism displayed by the sporty SUV is a result of the powerful engines sprinting under the hood of the car. The well-cultivated power plant pouring life in the nerves of the most dynamic petrol GLC 250 4Matic variant churns out a maximum power output of 211hp at 5500 rpm and a maximum torque of 350Nm between 1200 to 4000 rpm. While, for the plug-in hybrid 350 e Matic variant displays a combined maximum power of 320hp at 5000 rpm and a maximum torque of 340Nm.
Sit on the driver's seat and feel the adrenaline rush with the sportiness gifted to the GLC 250 4Matic variant by its power plant in the form of a furious acceleration value. This engine is meshed with the 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic transmission that gives the car an ability to attain a speed of 100km/h from naught in just 7.3 sec. Which is quite generous with the high fuel economy available. The GLC 350 e variant of the car can hasten from 0-100km/h of speed in just 5.9 seconds.
Striking by appearance and commanding presence. The exterior designers have precisely sculpted the car to display a purely dominating and authoritative look covered in a strengthened sporty skin. The stretched bonnet design with expressive lines, eye-catching front grille design with chromed expressive horizontal slats and the enlarged shining Mercedes-Benz crown, its eye-shaped new bi-xenon headlamps with optional LED High-Performance headlamps and the wide and masculine front bumper the car drives an elegant manly identity for the car. The lines floating on the side body of the car particularly hints the aerodynamic details added to the exterior design. The sporty DNA injected in the SUV is indicated in the well-moulded rear body of the car with the new LED tail lights and correctly sculpted hood spoiler which gives the car a road-hugging impression.
The compact sportiness incorporated in the robust and wide design of the car is demonstrated by its precise dimensioning, which measures 4656mm x 1890mm x 1639mm (L x W x H) and a long wheelbase of 2873mm contributed towards stability.
Melt into the pleasurable interior ambience featured by the car. Owing to the precisely and ergonomically crafted driver's cabin with features like the soul intuitive instrument cluster comprising of the touch-screen colour display and the COMAND system featuring the navigation, the new innovative touchpad in the hand-rest over the rotary pushbutton and the leather-wrapped 3-spoke multifunctional steering wheel. The decoration of wooden trim running from the inlays all over the centre console to the door panels makes the interiors look classy further adding to the interior ambience.
The enchanting comfort incorporated in the luxurious interiors of the car captivates all your senses within seconds and is worth a lot of praises. The leather upholstery used gives the interior a classy look and the leather-attired supportive seats along with the Audio 20 sound system adds to the comfort part of the car. The car also features the Thermatic automatic climate control system that along with the soothing interior lighting weaves the interior ambience.
To make the luxury look more luxurious the interior cabins with all the seats full buys you a decent cargo volume of 450 litres.
The GLC 250 d 4Matic variant gulps power down the throat gifted to it by the Inline 4-cylinder 2143cc engine, which burns fuel efficiently to churn out a 204hp at 3800 rpm and coupled to a maximum torque of 500Nm between 1600 to 1800 rpm. This finely-refined power-mill hugs the driver-adaptive 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic transmission which provides buttery smooth transitions, that takes negligible operating time and in coordination with the engine catapults the car to establish a speed of 100km/h from rest in just 7.6 sec.
The luxurious interior cabins are well-fed with technology, which also adds to your entertainment and convenience in the form of a well-configured list of stereo and accessories. The car is equipped with superior quality Audio 20 sound system with 8 speakers that let you taste the real essence of your favourite genres, and the optional Comand Online system integrated with navigation and internet options. The center panel is also integrated with 7-inch pop-out type display screen that makes the information access a lot more intuitive.
The car correctly defines its flagship and individuality with the dynamically tough and aesthetically spectacular 17 to 20 inch light alloy wheel designs. The dimensions printed on the high-performance tyres reads 235/65.
The enthralling dynamism featured by the car needs to be controlled efficiently, this purpose is served by the efficient braking and handling assists added to the car. The athletic crossover is installed with a braking system consisting of ventilated disc brakes on front and solid discs on rear wheels assisted by Antilock Braking System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist BAS Plus. The car body is supported on the AGILITY CONTROL suspension with selective damping system. The car is encased with multi-link front and rear suspension.
The car body pampers and cocoons its passengers with a caring envelope of dependable and functional safety features. This envelope comprises of the braking assist added by the Antilock Braking System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, and Adaptive Braking system, and other features like Attention Assist, lane keeping assistance and crash tested pedals. The car is poured in with basic safety by the advanced multistage driver and front-passenger airbags, side and curtain airbags, and forward collision warning.
• Authoritative and impressive exterior design
• Purely efficient and precise engine operations
• Luxurious cabins and solemnly desirable interior ambience
• Tough competition with its German competitors
• Expensive price as compared to its equally capable competitors