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The ‘Made in India’ GLC Coupé has been launched in two variants: the 300d 4Matic diesel and 300 4Matic petrol
Mercedes-Benz has launched the 2020 GLC coupe SUV, its fourth new offering in its SUV portfolio in India in the last five months. Two variants of the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé will be offered – the GLC 300, retailing at Rs 62.7 lakh and the 300d, with a sticker of Rs 63.7 lakh. Another milestone that Mercedes-Benz India has achieved with the launch of the GLC is that this is the brand’s 10th product as well as the eighth SUV from its global lineup that it is bringing to Indian shores, and will be locally assembled at the brand’s Chakan plant.
The GLC 300 features a 1991cc inline-four petrol engine making 255bhp (a 10bhp over its predecessor) and 370Nm, capable of achieving 0-100kmph in a claimed 6.3 seconds, while the 300d features a 1950cc inline-four diesel engine making 241bhp and 500Nm, helping it touch 100kmph from standstill in a claimed 6.6 seconds. Both engines are mated to Mercedes’ trademark 9-speed (9G-Tronic) auto ‘box and feature the 4Matic all-wheel drive system.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe goes up against the BMW X4, the only other Coupe SUV in the segment, and also locks horns with the Range Rover Evoque and Porsche Macan.
The new GLC Coupe gets some updates to the front with the inclusion of an updated front end with new Multibeam LED headlights and a redesigned front bumper and diamond grille. The full-LED taillights get a new design too, now more in line with the GLE, along with a redesigned bumper. The GLC Coupe also features a new-look diffuser with underride guards (usually seen on trucks).
It would be safe to say that Mercedes-Benz has saved most of its technical wizardry for the smart infotainment bits. Taking centrestage is the 10.25-inch touchscreen featuring the MBUX (Mercedes Benz User eXperience) system, which interacts with the occupants in four different ways i.e. by touch control on the central display, using the steering-mounted buttons, with the touchpad on the centre console or, using the ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice prompt.
However, the GLC Coupe is more than just a one trick pony. Mercedes-Benz has ensured it hasn’t missed out on the tech, with the GLC Coupe receiving Over The Air (OTA) updates via the Mercedes Me Connect app, which allows one to remotely start/stop the GLC Coupe, display the range and check tyre pressure among other things. Lastly, we also get the NTG (New Telematics Generation) 6.0, which is Mercedes’ 24/7 connectivity suite.
Speaking on the launch of the GLC Coupe in India, Piyush Arora, Executive Director, Operations, Mercedes-Benz India said, “Mercedes-Benz India’s manufacturing facility has remained the backbone of our growth story in India and we are extremely satisfied with our localisation strategy, which is pivotal to our long-term success in this dynamic market. The adding of the 10th product reiterates the highest level of refinement and implementation of advanced technology and flexible processes that ensure our production quality conforms to the most stringent global standards, and we create novel benchmark in manufacturing for the luxury car industry in India. Going forward we will strive to introduce more locally value added vehicles depending on future market dynamics and growth.”