The new ‘Made in India’ Mercedes-Benz GLC is fun and more bang for the buck
MERCEDES has been a pioneer for the luxury car industry in India. To further strengthen its presence, the Stuttgart-based carmaker has begun to manufacture locally—thanks to the massive Greenfield facility in Chakan, Pune. After sedans and the bigger SUVs, it is now the GLC that gets added to Mercedes’ #MakeInIndia family. The ninth model to be manufactured in Pune, it’s just been four months since the car’s official Indian launch, in June 2016. With this move, Mercedes aims to bring down the waiting time for the SUV, especially with the onset of the festive season. The GLC will now cost around `53-`58 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Power of three
The Mercedes-Benz GLC also comes with affordable and convenient service packages, starting at `63,000 (petrol) and `78,000 (diesel). There is also a fourth year additional warranty available for `1.2 lakh. The service packages are in place to offer flexibility to customers and lasts up to 10 years from the date of purchase of the vehicle. The GLC is available in three variants—the GLC 220d 4Matic Style (`53.13 lakh), GLC 220d 4Matic Sport (`57.57 lakh) and the GLC 300 4Matic Sport (`58.02 lakh, prices ex-showroom, Chennai). While the 220d is powered by a 1,991cc, 245bhp, 370Nm diesel engine, the 300 gets a 2,143cc, 170bhp, 400Nm petrol mill. Having sampled the GLC 220d earlier, we can confirm it’s fun to drive, looks gorgeous and pampers you silly. With local manufacturing, the already capable product will also be more value.
—Vikram Gour @VikramGour