Seems like our PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’ campaign is considered worthy not among the Indian businesses but internationally too, and taking the initiative to a new level, the popular German automaker, Mercedes-Benz, has launched its ‘Made in India’ Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class in the country yesterday under its aggressive expansion plan. The locally assembled 220d Style diesel variant of GLC-Class is priced at Rs. 47.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The other two variants, namely 220d Sports and GLC 300 Sport petrol version are tagged at Rs. 51.50 lakh and Rs. 51.90 lakh, respectively. By pricing the SUV aggressively, the company has clearly hinted towards a neck-in-neck competition in the market.
Because of the local assembling of the luxury SUV, the cost of the diesel variant has been slashed down from Rs. 50.90 lakh. The assembly of the vehicle is taken care at the manufacturing facility of Mercedes-Benz in Chakan, Pune, which is already into the assembling of GLA-Class and CLA-Class along with the mighty Maybach S500. With this, the company gains the title of being the manufacturer of largest locally-manufactured product portfolio in the country with 9 products so far.
The vehicle went under the production phase just 4 months ahead of its official launch in the country, that is, in June 2016.
The idea behind the introduction of GLC-Class was to bridge the gap between the GLA-Class and GLE-Class (Read: Mercedes-Benz GLE400 4MATIC Petrol SUV launched in India for Rs. 74.90 lakh). When it comes to the looks and design of the new SUV avatar of the C-Class, the GLC resembles a lot like its sedan sibling. Though priced aggressively to tap more customer base, the company chose not to skimp out on features to justify the amount it is tagged for. You will find all the goodies in the form of LED headlamps, leather upholstery, the COMAND infotainment system and the two engine options to choose from.
The petrol variant of the GLC-Class SUV is powered by a 2.0-litre motor that is capable of churning out the maximum power of 245PS and a high torque of 370Nm with 1991cc of displacement capacity. It can attain a top speed of 222kmph and can cover a distance of 0-100kmph in 6.5 seconds.
On the other hand, the diesel sibling comes with a 2.2-litre engine delivering a power of 170PS along with 400Nm torque and displacement capacity of 2143cc. With a top speed of 210kmph, the diesel variant can cover 0-100kmph mark in 8.3 seconds. Both the powermills are mated to a new Mercedes 9-speed tranny and come with the 4MATIC 4-wheel drive system.
As far as the safety features are concerned, the GLC-Class has successfully gained 5 stars for the safety of the occupants, kids and pedestrian protection. The assistance system of the car has helped it to achieve a maximum score in the Euro NCAP rating.
The German luxury carmaker is focusing completely to increase its portfolio in the nation to strengthen its hold in the market for which the company has introduced petrol variants in all its current range of products, including the flagship S-Class and GLS-Class too.
Next in line could be the highly awaited AMGs known throughout the globe for their power-packed performances. In India, the all new Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class luxury SUV will compete against the likes of Audi Q5 and BMW X3..