What’s one of the most long-awaited Mercedes-Benz models here?
If potential customers are to be counted, it’s not the snarling AMG GT sports car, nor the tail-happy, tyre-burning C 63 S super sedan, but the car that just debuted this afternoon.
Mercedes-Benz launched its newest sport utility vehicle (SUV), the GLC, at the Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza today.
The GLC is a mid-sized, premium SUV and its chief competition here will be with the BMW X3. The reason it’s one of the most-awaited models from the three-pointed star here is because this is the first time the brand is competing in this segment here.
On offer here is a sole model, the GLC 250, which is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine - this is familiar territory, as the GLC is based on the W205 C-Class, and so has a very similar interior layout.
Performance for the 250 model stands at 211bhp and 350Nm of torque, which lets the GLC go from 0-100km/h in 7.3 seconds on to a 222km/h top speed. Fuel consumption is 7.0L/100km and CO2 emissions are 162g/km. 4MATIC all-wheel drive is also standard.
The standard model is priced from $225,888 with COE and includes the following amongst its list of standard equipment: premium ‘Artico’ leather upholstery, LED headlamps, aluminium roof rails and running boards, keyless entry and start, five-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels. Safety features include tyre pressure monitoring, adaptive brake lights and Mercedes’ Collision Prevention Assist Plus.
Mated to the engine is the latest nine-speed automatic gearbox from Mercedes which is also found in the GLE Coupe and CLS. Late last year, Mercedes launched the larger GLE SUV, plus the new four-door-coupe-styled GLE Coupe.
Those looking for a sportier option can choose the AMG Line package for $10,000 extra (pictured above). It includes sports suspension, AMG 19-inch wheels with runflat tyres, an AMG body kit and interior floor mats.
Wonder how it drives? Well CarBuyer’s already driven the GLC 250 both on-road and off at its international debut last year - we found it to be surprisingly capable when the tarmac ends. Local customers who wish to drive on the wild side should opt for the Off Road Engineering Package, which is a $9,000 option. It adds more ground clearance to the suspension, plus a underbody sump shield and additional drive modes. Air Body Control, that’s the Mercedes active air suspension system - is also recommended, it’s a $7,900 option.
PLG_AUTHORINFOBOX_FRONTEND_AUTHOR: Derryn Wong
Derryn Wong is currently editor-in-chief of CarBuyer and he enjoys probing all aspects of the motoring industry, ranging from bizarre holes in the upholstery to the engineered insanity of the COE system. No, not those kinds of holes.