The country’s largest luxury car player Mercedes-Benz launched its midsize SUV, the GLC, in India on Thursday. The GLC Edition 1, as it is called, is currently being offered as a CBU (Completely Built Up) import in both petrol and diesel variants—GLC 300 and GLC 220 d—respectively. The GLC 220 d Edition 1 is priced Rs 50.7 lakh and the GLC 300 Edition 1 comes for Rs 50.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune).
The GLC 220 d is powered by a 2143cc diesel engine that churns out a maximum power of 170bhp and a torque of 400Nm. It touches a speed of 100kph from standstill in 8.3 seconds and has a maximum speed of 210kph. The GLC 300 gets a 1991cc petrol engine that produces a peak power of 245bhp and a torque of 370Nm. It goes from 0-100kph in just 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 222kph.
The GLC 220 d, as of now, cannot be registered in Delhi because its engine capacity is above 2000cc and so it falls under the NGT ban. “The GLC is our key product that hasn’t had a predecessor in India. It is positioned between the GLA and the GLE. The GLC is an illustration of excellent craftsmanship of high quality materials in combination with a classy and authentic design that attracts immediate attention. With this launch, we have continued with our product offensive strategy,” the company said in statement.
Roland Folger, managing director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, said during the launch in New Delhi that the GLC is one of the much anticipated products in the luxury segment in India. “The GLC underscores our philosophy of introducing world-class products from our global portfolio for our discerning Indian customers. We have seen a growing penchant for SUVs amongst luxury car customers in India and the addition of the GLC is going to redefine the segment,” Folger said.
The introduction of the GLC also fills the gap in the company’s SUV portfolio, making Mercedes-Benz the luxury car player with the widest range of SUVs—from the entry-level GLA to the AMG G 63.
The GLC will primarily compete with Audi Q5 and BMW X3, both of which are priced lower. Folger added that the GLC is a versatile SUV that embodies “modern luxury, mesmerising design elements and offers ultimate driving pleasure. It is a highly capable SUV which has proven competencies on both on-road and off-road expeditions.”
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