2016 Mercedes GLC sports a curvaceous body, a longer wheelbase as compared to the GLK resulting in additional interior room while total cargo space is enhanced to stand at 1,600 liters.
Exteriors of the 2016 Mercedes GLC are seen with a three dimensional radiator grille, distinctive headlamps and options of LED High Performance Lamps. The rugged SUV abounds where safety features are concerned. Bumpers receive integrated under guard, while matte cladding on wings, 20” wheels and a side running board add to the SUV’s offroading performance. The rear end is sturdy and muscular with split LED rear lamps.
An overall weight, 80 kgs less than that seen on the GLK, is achieved due to use of a mix of aluminium and high tensile steel. Interiors of 2016 Mercedes GLC boasts of a stylish new design and use of quality material. A well defined dashboard and centre console are seen along with a state of the art infotainment system and options of a 7” or 8.4” display. Sporting a panoramic glass roof and carbon fiber, wood or aluminium trim options, customers can also opt for upholstery in fabric, Artico Dinamica, leather or Nappa leather.
Engine specifications on board the new GLC includes 220d 4MATIC with 170 PS power and 400 Nm torque, GLC 250d 4MATIC with 204 PS power and 500 Nm torque and the GLC 250d 4MATIC with 211 PS power and 350 Nm torque.
Also on offer is the GLC 350e 4MATIC plug-in hybrid offering 211 PS power petrol engine along with a 116 PS electric motor allowing acceleration from 0 to 100 kmph in 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 235 kmph. Travel upto 34 kmph can be achieved solely on electric power.
Abounding in safety features, the 2016 Mercedes GLC receives all the driver assistance systems that are seen on C, E and S Class. As a part of Intelligent Drive concept, the new GLC receives Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Crosswind Assist, Headlamp Assist, and Attention Assist.
The Driving Assistance package includes Distronic Plus with Steering Assist, Stop/Go feature and Pre-Safe Brake with pedestrian detection. Also on offer are Cross Traffic Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist. Pre-Safe Plus safeguards against rear end collision through the use of a radar sensor in the rear bumper which alerts traffic from behind through hazard warning lights with flashing frequency. This further activates the vehicle to a standstill so as to reduce level of stress on occupants.
Slated for launch later this year, 2016 Mercedes Benz GLC price starts from 44,500 euros (Rs 32.30 lakhs). India launch is on the cards, and should take place next year.