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Mercedes-Benz is all-set to launch the GLC in India on June 2nd. The GLC follows Mercedes-Benz’s new nomenclature and is based on the C-Class. The Modular Rear Architecture (MRA) platform is carried over from the C-Class, but the GLC is taller and the wheelbase is longer as well, so there is more space on the inside. The car shares bits like front grille and headlamps with the saloon. On the inside, the dashboard and the instrument panel will be shared with the C-Class. Among the features, the central COMAND touch-screen from the C-Class will be carried over. Apple CarPlay is included into the package. Additionally, it gets brake assist and cross traffic assist.
The GLC will be powered by a 4-cylinder 2.1-litre diesel engine which does duty in the C-Class, but gets a 9 speed gearbox instead of the 7 speed. Engine options are limited to the 2.1-litre engine which will be offered in the 170bhp guise. The same engine also comes in a 240bhp state of tune which may make it here. A 4-wheel drive variant could be offered at a later stage. Petrol variants could be on the cards as well, something to do with diesel ban in Delhi.
Once launched, the GLC will go against the likes of BMW X3 and Audi Q5. The GLC sits between the GLA and the GLE, so expect the prices to hover between Rs 40 and 45 lakh mark.