Mercedes-Benz has revealed the facelifted version of their strong-selling SUV, the GLC globally at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. With facelift, the new GLC has also gained an mild-hybrid system – and it’s a slightly deeper revamp than we were expecting.
The GLC facelift carries a reworked grille, similar to its bigger sibling, the GLE. Other than that, it features new LED headlamps and tail-lamps, new alloy wheels and a reworked rear bumper. The interior remains largely identical, save for new open-pore ash and walnut trims and an integrated turbine-design starter button.
The infotainment system, however, has been completely upgraded – surprise, surprise, the GLC gets the newfangled Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) which was seen on the facelifted C-Class. This includes the more natural voice control system that can be activated by saying “Hey Mercedes”.
It features two touchscreen options – one a 7-inch unit and the other a 10.25-inch one. The GLC facelift comes with Mercedes Interior Assistant System, Dynamic Body Control, a 360 degree camera and a panoramic sunroof to name a few. On the safety front, the GLC facelift has adaptive cruise control, active lane keep assist, active parking assist and active brake assist coming as standard.
Engine-wise, the vehicle is offered in a 2.0-litre petrol motor, with a 2.0-litre diesel motor coming as an option. The former can produce 197 BHP of power along with 280 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the latter gives 194 BHP of power and 400 Nm of torque.
Both these engines will come mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The GLC facelift is expected to hit the Indian roads by the end of this year, or early 2020 priced at around Rs. 55 lakh, with top trims having prices touching the Rs. 60 lakh mark (ex-showroom). It will rival the likes of the BMW X3, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Audi Q5, Volvo XC60 and the Lexus NX 300h in the ever growing affordable premium SUV segment.
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