Mercedes-Benz India has opened the year 2020 with a bang. Having introduced the 639hp AMG GT 63 S 4-door Coupe and V-Class Marco Polo camper van at Auto Expo 2020 in February, the carmaker has now launched the GLC Coupe facelift in India.
While the pre-facelift GLC Coupe has been on sale here for a few years now, so far it has only been available in the hot AMG 43 guise. The big talking point with the GLC Coupe facelift – which is now locally assembled – is that it’s also available in standard, non-AMG form, with the GLC Coupe 300 petrol priced at Rs 62.70 lakh and the GLC 300d diesel priced at Rs 63.70 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom). At this price, the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe facelift is priced on par with the BMW X4, its rival-in-chief.
Key differentiators for the updated GLC Coupe on the outside include a new diamond-pattern grille, redesigned front and rear bumpers, new LED head- and tail-lights and different alloy wheel designs. Just like with the standard GLC facelift, the addition of Mercedes’ slick new MBUX infotainment system is the highlight inside. There’s a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and also a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment screen, which features the ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice command technology.
Under the hood of the petrol GLC Coupe facelift is a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine making 258hp and 370Nm of torque, while the GLC 300d Coupe gets a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel producing 245hp and 500Nm of peak torque; both engines are BS VI-compliant. A 9-speed automatic is standard, as is the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. The GLC 300 petrol Coupe can do 0-100kph in 6.3 seconds, while the GLC 300d does 0-100kph in 6.6 seconds.
Martin Schwenk, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India and Piyush Arora, Executive Director, Operations, Mercedes-Benz India rolled out the GLC Coupe from the assembly line in Chakan, Pune. The SUV Coupé had its market launch at Sundaram Motors, Mercedes-Benz’s state-of-art dealership in Bangalore. The GLC Coupé will be available across all Mercedes-Benz dealerships in India.
Martin Schwenk said: “With the GLC Coupe, we are excited to add yet another stylish lifestyle and dynamic SUV in our portfolio. The GLC Coupe now locally produced in its series version, will further enhance the popularity of the SUV Coupe. The GLC Coupe is distinguished by its technological prowess thanks to the most intuitive and engaging MBUX which is capable of ‘Over the Air’ updates via Mercedes me connect services. The SUV features the intelligent virtual in car assistant popularly known as ‘Hey Mercedes’ and comes with a NTG 6.0 with class leading 24X7 connected features and services from Mercedes Me Connect.”