And they’ve killed the GLC220d in the process. #sad
Mercedes-Benz has decided that it isn’t content with the healthy sales of its GLC compact SUV, which is one of the prettiest cars in the segment to this writer. In any case, they’ve brought to the fore a new entry-level variant in the form of the GLC200, bringing petrol power to the first rung of the GLC range.
Unfortunately, they’ve canned the GLC220d in the process, in both wagon and coupe forms, throwing out a drivetrain that would have undoubtedly won the favour of long-distance drivers and intercity commuters, who will now have to shell out for the GLC250d.
As said earlier, the GLC200 brings petrol power to the entry-level GLC, utilising a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo mill. Output is rated at a respectable 135kW and 300Nm, though power is sent exclusively to the rear wheels via a nine-speed automatic.
We’ve sampled this engine in other Mercedes-Benz models in the past, and found it to be very versatile, refined, and frugal, with real-world consumption to sit a well below 10L/100km in day-to-day driving. The considerable torque on offer goes a long way in keeping the GLC experience civilised during long-haul driving, aided further by the 9-ratios in the transmission.
While the GLC200 might be the entry-level model, it’s hardly spartan inside. You’ll find electrically-adjustable seats up front, an ‘Artico’ faux-leather cabin, a 7.0-inch infotainment screen, satellite navigation, digital radio and smartphone mirroring, an electric hatch, and Merc’s ‘ParkPilot’ system, as well as a 360º surround-view monitor.
Safety is well catered for, too. The GLC200 offers AEB critically, as well as blind-spot monitoring, Pre-Safe pre-collision ‘preparation’ technology, and driver drowsiness alert. You’ll also find LED headlights out front and 19-inch alloys all round, meaning only the badge on the back will betray the GLC200’s (relatively) affordable position.
The GLC200 will arrive in showrooms in September, with prices starting from $61,990 before on-road costs. That’s a comfy margin beneath the previous entry-point, $64,990 commanded by the GLC220d, which will see its supply cut by July.