Existing SUV drivers and potential customers who want to upgrade to a premium brand are likely to end their search with this one, the Mercedes-Benz GLC. The default choice, along with the BMW X3, looks like the GLC has existed forever, but no, before 2016, Mercedes had no rivals in this space.
After a strong start to life here, the X253 GLC received a facelift in December 2019 and the launch variants were the GLC 200 and GLC 300 AMG Line. Even if the Malaysians weren’t so obsessed with all things AMG, the sporty design looks better than the GLC 200 equipped with an Off-Road exterior package, which I find quite grumpy.
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia gave the GLC 200 an upgrade of the AMG line in October 2020, which means that the GLC ticket can now be obtained with this desirable sporty look, according to the GLC 300. We will examine this closer at this gallery entry.
Although the previous Off-Road exterior package featured more durable bumpers with chrome “non-slip plates,” the GLC 200 AMG line eliminates the “4 × 4 look” for a sportier front with large false entrances, a prominent rear diffuser element and a diamond grille with chrome pins. The latter has a horizontal bar instead of two before.
However, the GLC 200 AMG line does not include the Merc’s Night package. This means that areas such as the grille, side mirror covers, roof railings and bumper lining are not finished in black. Also, even though both the GLC 200 and 300 come with 20-inch wheels, the big brother travels with twin-spoke items compared to the multi-spoke wheels you see here. In fact, I prefer this set, and you?
Objects from the AMG line can also be found inside. Apart from the AMG rugs, you get a more sporty steering wheel with a slightly flat bottom and perforations on the sides to accompany the open-pore oak wood trim.
As before, the GLC 200 comes with Artico faux leather upholstery, 64-color ambient lighting system, shift levers, dual-zone thermal temperature control, 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and front seats electric with memory.
The base GLC also includes high-performance LED headlights (one step below the GLC 300’s Multibeam LEDs) and the 10.25-inch Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) system with touch screen. There is Keyless-Go, so keyless entry and start are already present together (before that it was just keyless start).
There are no changes to the safety and driver assistance department, which includes seven airbags, Active Brake Assist (which is Merc’s name for autonomous emergency braking, AEB), Blind Sport Assist, Active Parking Assist with Parktronic, Speed Control, Pre-Safe and Tire Pressure Control System.
Of course, what’s under the hood doesn’t change either. The M264 2.0-liter turbo-four produces 197 hp and 320 Nm of torque between 1,300 and 4,000 rpm. Combined with a nine-speed automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels (4Matic is only for the GLC 300), the GLC 200 makes 0-100 km / h in 7.8 seconds and top speed is 217 km / h (258 CV, 370 Nm, 6.2 seconds for GLC 300).
By the way, the transfer of the GLC 200 to the AMG line has resulted in the Agility Control suspension with a selective damping system, which has replaced the Comfort suspension of the off-road package by a 20 mm higher ground clearance.
The price of the Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 AMG line is 299,539 RMS on the road without insurance, with a total exemption from sales tax, as it looks locally. That’s a touch below the 2019 launch price of the GLC 200 facelift of RM 2,998,888, which had sales taxes. So this or the BMW X3 for you?
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