Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has announced the locally-assembled GLC model for the domestic market. The Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV 250 4MATIC is now available for bookings at an estimated price tag of RM325, 888.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC mic-sized premium SUV first arrived in the country in January this year, with the imported variant and GLE variants. With AMG body-styling and 20-inch AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels, the GLC possesses an added sporty yet exclusive look. The sports-tuned suspension allows a sportier style of driving without compromising on comfort and off-road capabilities.

At a glance, the CKD GLC takes on a typical Mercedes SUV front with a short, succinct overhang, upright, three-dimensional radiator grille with a twin louvre and centrally positioned Three-point star. With striking LED Intelligent Light System headlights, the GLC poses a self-confident look which is further emphasized by their distinctive AMG line exterior.

The side view showcases the almost coupé-like greenhouse, which together with the 118 millimeters larger wheelbase lends the GLC an elegant long profile. This impression is further reinforced by the gently sloping dropping line which is a hallmark of the brand and by the powerful shoulders. The rising lower feature line also enlivens the vehicle’s side view. From the rear, the broad, muscular shoulders and horizontal orientation of the contour lines further denote the GLC’s dynamism. Further highlights include split LED rear lights with a distinctive night design and different bumper variants, along with integrated antenna (exterior mirrors and roof spoiler).

The design transition has also bestowed efficient aerodynamics on the CKD GLC. With a Cd value of 0.31 and total aerodynamic drag of 0.794, it sets a clear benchmark in this segment. The GLC also has a longer wheelbase and expanded overall dimensions. However, the vehicle’s weight has been cut by 80 kilograms, thanks to a totally new body and an intelligent mix of materials comprising aluminium and high- to ultra-high-strength steels.

Interior-wise, the GLC features a marked upgrade compared to the GLE. The new interior design idiom combines sensual purity with dynamic sportiness and embodies a new interpretation of modern luxury. The GLC’s interior conjures up the feel-good atmosphere which is a brand hallmark courtesy of the Artico man-made leather and the open-pore wood trim, meticulously finished details and an appealing overall touch and feel. Meantime, substantially more space is available for occupants and luggage. The panoramic sliding sunroof further enhances the light and airy feel inside. Prevalent interior highlights comprise of the newly-designed dashboard, center console and the large and one-piece console panel that sweeps from the center air vents to the armrest. Finishing off the intricacies is a centrally positioned media display, partially integrated above the center console, along with the Five round air outlets with metallic “cool touch” effect.

The locally assembled Mercedes-Benz GLC debuts added features such as a Touchpad with Controller in the center console for easier control of the infotainment system. The touchpad enables the functions of the head unit to be controlled intuitively via one or two-finger gestures and has the ability to recognize handwriting. Then there’s the addition of ambient lighting for occupants to climb in and feel at home. The ambient LED lighting creates an unrivalled sense of well-being in the interior with three different colors and five dimming levels.

The stowage space package offers additional facilities for stowing and securing items in both the passenger and luggage compartment. In the stowage compartment underneath the armrest, there is a tensioning strap for holding small objects firmly in place. Passengers in the rear are able to place magazines, maps or tablet PCs in the map pockets on the back of the front seats. In the luggage compartment, meanwhile, a collapsible box and a net for securing objects on the load compartment floor further add to the stowage facilities. The load capacity behind the rear bench (40/20/40 split) increases by 80 to 110 liters, to a total of up to 580 liters. In all, the GLC is able to transport up to 1600 liters, 50l more than was previously possible. The maximum luggage compartment length is 1320 millimeters, while the maximum width increases by 150 to 1100 mm. Last but least, the door sill panels in brushed stainless steel add exclusive sporty highlights to the GLC with their illuminated “Mercedes-Benz” lettering.

The GLC is also equipped with KEYLESS-GO convenience package. Added convenience for loading and unloading is provided by Hands-free Access. For the infotainment and entertainment purposes, the GLC is incorporated with a high-end Burmester surround sound system with 13 high-performance speakers.

Thanks to an increase in overall length of the vehicle, the GLC offers 34 mm more foot space for the purposes of entering and exiting the vehicle.

The GLC 250 4MATIC is equipped with 4 in-line 2.0-liter engine, paired to a nine-stage 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission for an output of 211 hp and 350 Nm between 1200 – 4000 rpm. The GLC 250 4MATIC has permanent all-wheel drive with a basic drive torque split of 33 to 67 percent between front and rear axle.

In addition, the new GLC offers the DYNAMIC SELECT handling control system with five driving programs, ECO, COMFORT, SPORT, SPORT+ and INDIVIDUAL settings.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 4MATIC is packaged with a wide range of safety and assistance systems, such as LED Intelligent Light System with Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Active Parking Assist, PRE-SAFE system and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS.

In keeping with the Mercedes-Benz tradition, the GLC’s body forms the foundation for exemplary crash safety. It is surrounded by specifically designed and field-tested deformation zones, which ensure maximum safety for the occupants by virtue of optimized force paths and a combination of die-cast aluminium components and ultra-high-strength materials. In addition to 3-point safety belts with pyrotechnical and reversible belt tensioning and belt-force limitation for driver, front passenger and those in the outer rear seats. Further to that, numerous airbags serve to protect the vehicle’s occupants in an accident for example, combined thorax/pelvis sidebags for driver and front passenger and newly developed windowbag extending over both seat rows, sidebags and a driver kneebag. On a related note, the front passenger seat can additionally be fitted with automatic child seat recognition. The airbag is automatically deactivated when a child seat is fitted and reactivated once it has been removed.