Checked out the Mercedes Benz GLC today. Though the car looks decent in and out but the big shortcoming in Indian context is the compromised boot space. The space saver wheel occupies major part of boot space which shall make the luggage space almost unusable. Even if the spare wheel is kept in the conventional position then too luggage cannot be properly kept since the spare wheel protrudes from beneath i.e from the in-boot wheel well and the flap above cant be properly laid down. If someone in India is spending approx 50-55 Lacs then no matter what he would ask for proper boot space for sure. The executive tried telling me that the cars sold in Europe don't come with spare wheel and its a accessory and this car's Tire can be driven a reasonable distance on flat condition so one won't need a spare wheel. Indians are accepting the European logic too. My simple suggestion was, if this car has been launched here, then it should be in-line with the customer's needs. The European Road and Transport infrastructure and that of India are at present miles apart. Finally, he said, indeed its a bit of compromise for sure if luggage is to be kept with the Tire. Sharing the pics of the GLC.
Sharing of these pics needs full credit to The Automotive India.
Drove the 2 new hot and uber luxurious SUVs of Mercedes Benz, The GLC and GLS today back-to-back for a total distance of 40 Kms on Agra-Faridabad Highway. GLC was Petrol and GLS was Diesel. Would be writing the combined drive review of them. Hope you all shall enjoy reading it!
Mercedes-Benz launches the ‘Made in India’ GLC; adds the 9th product to its local production portfolio
The GLC 220 d 4MATIC Style is priced at Rs. 47.90 lakhs, the GLC 220 d 4MATIC Sport at Rs.51.50 lakhs and the GLC 300 4MATIC Sport at Rs. 51.90 lakhs (all prices ex-showroom Delhi)
Pune: The country’s largest luxury car manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz today achieved yet another milestone for its world-class manufacturing facility, by adding the ninth product to its local production portfolio in India. By rolling out the GLC SUV from its assembly line, Mercedes-Benz India also becomes the only luxury car manufacturer boasting of the largest locally manufactured product portfolio in India. The GLC was rolled-out of its assembly line by Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India and Piyush Arora, Executive Director, Operations, Mercedes-Benz India.
The locally produced GLC is launched in three variants GLC 220 d 4MATIC Style, GLC 220 d 4MATIC Sport and GLC 300 4MATIC Sport. Pertaining to the increasing demand of the GLC, Mercedes-Benz started the local production within just four months of its India debut in June, 2016. With the introduction of the ‘Made in India’ GLC, Mercedes-Benz bolstered its local production portfolio significantly with nine products rolling-out from its world-class facility in Chakan, Pune.
Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said: “The GLC with its dynamic design, best-in class technological innovations and luxurious appointments has already established itself as a winning product in our portfolio. We are enthused by the customer response to this dynamic SUV, which has altogether redefined the segment and given the customers a refreshing choice. The GLC has already become one of Mercedes-Benz’s highest selling products, and we are very confident that it will replicate the global success in India as well. With the localization and availability in petrol and diesel, we are confident that the GLC will become an attractive proposition for our discerning buyers with enhanced value propositions and increased availability.”
Piyush Arora, Executive Director, Operations, Mercedes-Benz India stated: “We are extremely satisfied with our localization strategy, which is pivotal to our long-term success in this dynamic market. The rolling-out of the ‘Made in India’ GLC underscores our positive outlook for the Indian market, as we look forward to introducing more locally produced vehicles depending on future market growth.
A vast majority of our current volume products are now locally made in India, which has been driving immense value to our discerning customers. The highest level of refinement and implementation of advanced technology and flexible processes ensure our production quality conforms to the most stringent global standards, and creates new benchmark in manufacturing for the luxury car industry in India. We are glad to offer the locally made GLC within four months of its India debut and are confident that it will help catering to its overwhelming demand and shorten the waiting period.”
Suave, sporty and reliable:
The sturdy look of the new GLC showcases the radiator trim and two louvres in matt iridium silver with chrome inserts. The characteristic SUV front with a short, succinct overhang, upright, three-dimensional radiator grille with a twin louvre and centrally positioned brand star follows the successful new design line, striking LED High Performance lamps lend the GLC a self-confident look which is further emphasized by their distinctive design. The side impression is further reinforced by the gently sloping dropping line which is a hallmark of the brand and with its powerful shoulders. The rising lower feature line also enlivens the vehicle's side view. The rear is characterized by the broad, muscular shoulders, the horizontal orientation of the contour lines and the split LED rear lamps featuring a distinctive night design. The exterior exudes true SUV character with striking aluminium look running boards with rubber studs. The GLC sports 45.7 cm (18-inch) 5-spoke alloy wheels that further enhance the sporty appeal of the SUV.
The GLC has trendsetting interiors, which reinterprets the meaning of luxury to exciting effect. The interior of the locally produced GLC Sport features large areas of trim in high-gloss brown line structure lime wood trim and numerous details in silver chrome. The exclusive locally produced GLC Sport further surprises its customers with a Panorama top sliding electric roof, storage package including lockable cargo floor, 12 V plug socket, ambient lighting with 3 color options, Door sill panels with illuminated "Mercedes-Benz" lettering, a leather-covered panel, Keyless-starting function, sun blinds in rear seats and Active Parking Assistance with reversing camera.
The comfortably spacious GLC has plenty of room for five occupants. The new aesthetic design idiom of Mercedes-Benz combines sensual purity with dynamic sportiness and embodies a new interpretation of modern luxury. The GLC is the latest product in India to embody this new design language. The GLC's interior conjures up the feel-good atmosphere which is a brand hallmark courtesy of high-class materials featuring a hand-crafted character, such as ARTICO leather and high-gloss brown line structure lime wood trim, meticulously finished details and an appealing overall touch and feel. Last but not the least, substantially more space is available for occupants and luggage. Cargo bars are present behind the rear seat backrest to enlarge the luggage compartment by 30 litres.
The GLC comes with affordable and convenient service packages. Based on the consumers’ needs and preferences, service packages of various age & mileages are introduced. The Compact service packages start at just Rs. 63,000 for the petrol variant and Rs. 78,000 for the diesel variant. These new Compact packages are offered with unlimited mileage (a first in the luxury car segment) covering maintenance related jobs. These customer focused packages offering various options and flexibility, can last up to 10 years from the date of sale, for a hassle free ownership experience. Also, in addition to the standard warranty, customers can avail extended warranty for 4th year at a price of Rs. 120,000. These customer focused packages offering various options and flexibility, can last up to 10 years from the date of sale, for a hassle free ownership experience.
The GLC production involves the use of latest technology in Mercedes-Benz India’s world class production facility. The production uses technologically advanced synchronized conveyor systems, use of latest generation PLC control units for all equipment which provide adaptability with different models on common production lines, thus increasing the flexibility of the production. Standard processes from across the value chain right through the finished car production are followed under stringent quality environment.
Mercedes Benz India Introduces GLC Celebration Edition.
Pune: The country’s largest luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz today announced the launch of a special GLC ‘Celebration Edition’ to mark the 70th anniversary of India’s Independence and also the successful run of the GLC in the Indian market, since its debut in June 2016. Continuing the winning streak of GLC in India, the Mercedes-Benz ‘Celebration Edition’ is an exclusive product as it will be available in limited numbers only.
Feature highlights of the Mercedes-Benz GLC Celebration Edition:
LED Logo projector
Exterior mirror housing in high gloss black
Garmin® MAP PILOT
High-sheen chromed trim
Rear trim strip in chrome