Finally, in 2021 we see an overwhelming number of new models launching in India and the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC was the one we had our eyes set on. Well, it’s not just us! Even Mercedes-Benz was keen to launch the GLC in India for the sheer volume driver it was for the German brand. The company has sold over 8,400 units of the GLC since its launch in India in 2016 and last year it stood out as the best-selling SUV in its portfolio. And with the new update, the GLC is likely to build on those numbers.
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|Dimensions||Mercedes-Benz GLC 2021|
|Wheel size||19 inch|
So this is a mid-life update for the new GLC and the proportions haven’t changed, which is actually a good thing because we liked it that way. It is very suitable for urban jungle and city travel and even on the highway it shows its size, does not look small at all.
But there are also new elements like high performance LED headlights and the face itself looks beefier thanks to the revised bumper which comes with a long baseplate and chrome treatment. And then there is also the new Mercedes-Benz two-blade grille.
But the changes to the sides and rear are limited to a new set of 19-inch alloy wheels, new LED taillights, and a bolder chrome strip on the rear bumper.
Interior and technology
Even inside, the GLC doesn’t look small. But the feeling of space is a bit compromised in this new all-black cabin. That said, the two-tone black and beige treatment continues as an option but in our opinion the smoothness of this black cabin is up a notch. Now everything else from the layout to the overall finish remains intact and you also get the wood inlays and chrome inserts on the dashboard. But there’s been a substantial update in the features department, so let’s go straight for it.
Yes! The biggest update inside this cabin is actually the addition of all new creature comforts. The most important of these are the front seats with a massage function. Then the outgoing model had a normal screen, but this one gets a new 10-inch MBUX touchscreen infotainment with the touchpad controller. And the new screen is offered with multiple features and news. For example, it gets Google and Alexa voice control system with home device compatibility and offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Of course! You get Mercedes Me connected car technology with an array of functions including live traffic, geolocation, vehicle tracking and voice guidance, among others.
The dashboard is also a new 12.3-inch unit with super crisp graphics. It looks really sporty and you get all the information here and the tachometer can also be used as a navigation or information screen. Having everything right in front is actually good for hassle-free driving. Then there are touch buttons on the steering wheel to toggle all functions on these screens. Other additions include a 360-degree panoramic camera with park assist, Type-C charging ports, and remote engine start to pre-cool the cabin. Features like power front seats and exterior mirrors, auto-dimming mirrors, dual-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, wireless charger and more.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 receives a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 143 hp at 5500-6100 rpm and 320 Nm of maximum torque at 1650-4000 rpm. According to the spec sheet, it can do a 0-100 km / h stint in 7.8 seconds, which is impressive for its size while still reaching a top speed of 217 km / h. The 220d diesel we drive today also gets a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 141hp at 3800rpm and 400Nm of peak torque at 1600-2800rpm. Even this one is almost on par with gasoline performance, registering triple-digit speeds in 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 215 km / h. Both engines are also mated to a common nine-speed G-Tronic gearbox, but the diesel with us is the only model with the 4 Matic all-wheel drive (AWD) system. So finished with the specs, let’s see how it plays out in the real world.
|Characteristics||Mercedes-Benz GLC 200||Mercedes-Benz GLC 220d|
|Shifting||2.0 liters (1991 cc)||2.0 liters (1950 cc)|
|Number of cylinders||4||4|
|Output power||143 hp @ 5,500-6,100 rpm||141 hp at 3800 rpm|
|Peak torque||320 Nm at 1650-4000 rpm||400 Nm at 1600 – 2800 rpm|
|Transmission||G-Tronic 9 speed||G-Tronic 9 speed|
|Transmission channel||Rear wheel drive (RWD)||4 Matic all-wheel drive (AWD)|
|0 to 100 km / h||7.8 seconds||7.9 seconds|
|Top speed||217 km / h||215 km / h|
|Gross weight||2360 kg||2500 kilograms|
As you set off, you’re greeted with an instant torque boost which is reassuring for passing maneuvers or when you tend to quickly overtake traffic. Then, towards the mid-range, the power delivery becomes linear, making it an effortless cruiser on open roads or highways and relaxed driving is a cinch in this one. Really easy to drive! When driving spirited, there is a little hitch in the gearbox on the first few shifts, but it’s trivial. The changes are more regular than quick, and you don’t feel your head nodding. Now the engine gets a little aggressive in Sport mode and this is more noticeable at higher triple digits speeds, where the gear ratios are relatively sharper and there is still power in reserve for that extra push on the car. pedal.
Riding quality is GLC’s main strength. Period! We won’t be wrong to say that this one always offers the best balance between ride and handling and leaves you and the passengers at no point confused. He just has it. Especially with the suspension setup, because this thing chokes everything on the road, really glides through them and you don’t hear it. Which really impresses that at low speeds it retains enough cushioning, courtesy to the shocks and when you encounter a pothole or rough area at higher speeds it still feels tuned and calm.
And it retains its strengths even in the handling department. The steering geometry supports sporty driving. It is weighed very well at higher speeds and you feel connected. Just at lower speeds when you are driving around town, walking around, you feel bulky. We would have liked it to be a bit light there and for city driving it is best to keep the steering setup in comfort mode using individual settings. But yes! To be fiery, you are able to hold it, point its nose in the right direction, and the car responds to your inputs pretty much.
First of all, remember that this is essentially a crossover, not a hard SUV. The 4Matic system is a rear-biased All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system that works in tandem with electronics and traction control (TC) has a crucial role to play. It simply cuts off the wheel slip by sensing an awkward situation. Then yes! It does take precautions for you, but the flip side is that you can’t really take the risk even if you want to, despite disabling TC. But that’s only for extreme situations and absurd angles. To tackle the rough that we usually encounter, he is well capable and can in fact be a prancing deer in the dust. Approach and departure angles can also grapple with uneven surfaces, but you’ll be scratching her stomach on something too sharp or protruding.
So, GLC 200 gasoline is priced at ₹ 57.40 lakh, while the 220d diesel variant is available at ₹ 63.15 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom India). The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC continues to compete with the BMW X3 which is still going strong and has prices starting at ₹ 56.50 lakh and the new Audi Q5 Facelift which looks really sporty and should heat up the segment at its arrived this year.
The new Mercedes-Benz GLC might not be as sharp as Thor in its actions or as tough as the mighty Hulk to tackle in tough conditions, but what it does best is create a good balance, just like Captain America. He’s powerful, can navigate effortlessly while behaving with his bodily manners, and pampers you reasonably well on the inside. And that may be exactly what the majority of buyers are looking for.
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