It seems that the crossover market has become even more lucrative of late, with crossover sales eclipsing those of sedans last year in America. Thus, getting a proper foothold in this segment is of the upmost importance for any carmaker that considers itself a big player. Mercedes is as big as they come, and they rightfully couldn’t sit idly as rivals like BMW and Audi made forays with the X3 and Q5 respectively for a bigger share of the crossover market. Thus, the Mercedes GLC is Diamler’s answer to its native based rivals.
What’s in a Name?
The GLC has adopted Mercedes new nomenclature where the G represents Geländewagen (off road in German), while the L acts as a linkage, and finally the C represents the SUV version of the C-Class. This seems appropriate as it shares the same platform with the C-Class sedan.
The GLC was initially the GLK. GLK stands for Geländewagen Luxus Kompaktklasse, deriving its name to the more prominent and larger GL class. The GLK started out as the Vision GLK Freeside concept, which was unveiled in the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. Later another concept car was unveiled in the 2008 North American International Auto Show, which was the Vision GLK Townside.
After this, the production version of the GLK made its debut in the 2008 Auto China. Considering that China has the most billionaires in a single nation accruing around 568 oligarchs, it has definitely become a lucrative market for automobiles. Soon will be seeing more automakers unveiling their newer models here.
Currently, the GLC is the second generation of this compact SUV line and it was unveiled in 2015 for the 2016 model year. It replaced the GLK and is still produced from the same factory in Bremen. The base 300 has been available since December 2015, with its other trims expected to be released later this year.
GLC is a 5-door compact SUV and comes in a number of trims:
- 43 AMG
- 300 4Matic
- 250 4Matic
- 250d 4Matic
- 220d 4Matic
Powering the GLC is a set of petrol and diesel turbo four cylinder engines or a single biturbo V6. The most powerful of the four cylinders is 241 hp engine that belongs to the 300 and 300 4Matic. This engine is also able to churn out 273 lb-ft of torque. If you are going for the most powerful then the 3L V6 that belongs to the 43 AMG will do you well. It is expected to produce a mega 362 bhp.
As with any Mercedes Benz you can expect a premium upmarket cabin. The cabin is filled with good materials with lovely finishes, making it truly luxurious. Considering the GLC is 4.7” longer and 2.0” wider than its predecessor, the cabin has become roomier, with more space for luggage. The interior is scripted directly from the C-Class sedan, with the steering wheel and gear lever standing out in particular.
Evidently, the 300 looks like a Mercedes, and when compared to its rivals has to be the best looking SUV in this class. With the GLC, Diamler have employed a smoother appearance removing the sharp edges that were found on the GLK. Also, it has a more imposing nose as compared to its rivals.
When it comes to practicality the GLC can take on any other compact SUV with relative ease. More space for your luggage and yourself makes it truly pragmatic. The exterior’s styling is exquisite with such great curves that make it a head turner. Now when it comes to performance, the GLC falls a little short. Compared to its rivals the GLC’s performance isn’t as engaging as it could be. Overall, a great car that falls short of being the class-leader with an indifferent driving performance.
To own a Mercedes GLC you’ll need to budget from $38.950.
Is this the best looking compact in the market or is there another SUV like the Land Rover Discovery Sport that is more ethereal? Have your say, leave a comment.
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