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MERCEDES-BENZ GLC 220D: THE BEST OF EVERY GROUND

The luxury SUV market in Nepal is growing at an exponential rate witnessing strong customer preference in the last couple of years. The high demand for these machines is continuing to drive growth and increasing popularity among the Nepalese customers. While the growth in the SUV portfolio was primarily led by Japanese manufacturers, the SUV onslaught of Mercedes–Benz is paying off, with staggering amount of sales like never before. The recent addition to the luxury German automaker’s SUV portfolio in the Nepalese market is the Mercedes-Benz GLC 220d.

The GLC, the German automaker’s second generation midsize SUV, has built on the sales success of the GLK while taking a huge leap forward in terms of safety, technology and design. This versatile SUV is an entirely different, larger and more capable vehicle. Although distinctive model lines of the GLC series include the SE, Sport and AMG line in petrol and diesel engine options, only the SE model line of the 220d diesel engine is available in the Nepalese market.

Some things in life have to be experienced to be truly appreciated, such as the qualities that set a Mercedes-Benz apart, which is why we were invited for a test drive of the suave GLC 220d by Kishore Gears Pvt. ltd, the sole authorized distributor for the German marque in Nepal. So, will the GLC 220d cement Mercedes-Benz’s presence in the luxury SUV segment in Nepal? We find out

EXTERIOR

One can’t help but notice the muscular, sleek and spacious body of the GLC. The GLC 200d is a strong-charactered vehicle with a solid yet athletic look to it. The design language highlights Sensual Purity, a hallmark of the new Mercedes-Benz.

The sturdy look of the new GLC showcases the radiator trim and two louvres in matt iridium silver with chrome inserts. The upright, highly expressive front and the three dimensionally configured radiator grille lend the 220d a progressive presence. The design of the headlamps and LED daytime driving lamps are striking too.

Seen from the side, the vehicle gets precise feature lines and muscular surfaces which are further reinforced with the aluminium-finish running boards. The gently sloping roofline showcases a coupe-inspired design. Broad, muscular shoulders characterize the rear, and LED taillights project a distinctive signature.

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INTERIORS

The interior of the GLC is crafted to uphold a legacy set by Mercedes-Benz with its exquisiteness and spaciousness. It combines premium materials and contemporary design with a wealth of technology. The first thing you notice upon entering the cabin is the premium finish and artful design. The 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel is wrapped in black leather while the seats are upholstered in black Aberdeen fabric. While the dashboard is finished in black with silver chrome nozzle surrounds, the centre console is finished in black with trim in black piano lacquer look. The instrument cluster comes with a 5.5-inch multifunction display.

A wide console cascades between the seats. An easy-to-use, console-mounted controller and a big, vivid screen with animated displays deliver numerous options in entertainment, navigation and vehicle personalization. The newly developed touchpad with multi-touch sensor system is a perfect example of the leading-edge ergonomics in the GLC. The GLC’s front seats are carefully tailored and contoured for enduring comfort. Both front seats power-adjust at least eight ways via seat-shaped controls.

The 3-position driver-seat memory also stores the positions of the 4-way power steering column and side mirrors. Both the front and rear cabin provide the occupants with ample leg and headroom in spite of the vehicle’s compact proportions. Standard amenities include adjustable air vents, large door pockets, a folding centre armrest with cup holders and express-up/ down power windows with deep-tinted privacy glass. The best is still to come.

Interior comfort is further complemented by THERMATIC automatic climate control with two climate zones which lets individuals to control temperature for each side, Audio20 CD with 7-inch colour display, KEYLESS-GO starting function and a panoramic sliding sunroof.

The impressive interior is also enhanced with an optional Burmester surround sound system. The 590-watts sound system combines 13 high-performance speakers and a 9-channel DSP amplifier with electronic and acoustic elements to create an intensive listening experience for the front and rear seats.

Despite being only a little longer than a compact family hatchback, the GLC 220D has a much larger boot, at 550 litres. A powered tailgate is a very useful practicality feature.

ENGINE & PERFORMANCE

The GLC 220d uses a detuned version of the 2.1-litre diesel engine in the 250d – and is exactly the same unit you’ll find in the C-Class. The vehicle’s 2.1L inline-4 turbo engine outputs 170 hp. More importantly, it puts 100% of its torque—an impressive 400 Nm—at your command starting between just 1400-2800 RPM. A smooth, quick-shifting 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic which teams with 4MATIC all-wheel drive propels the drive forward. The 9-speed automatic transmission paddle shift system delights with its rapid gear changes and smooth gear-shifting.

As transmission jump gears, the ride reacts with finesse and agility. On slippery roads, 4MATIC elevates control and confidence. It’s nimble and quick to respond, to enhance handling and fun in corners. And since your driving style can vary based on location, conditions or your driving mood, the GLC inspires your confidence with its multimode DYNAMIC SELECT controller in the centre console.

The DYNAMIC SELECT lets you fine-tune the GLC’s driving systems to your liking. ECO, Comfort,Sport, Sport+ and Individual modes vary the shift points, throttle, steering and ECO Start/Stop.

Whether on a muddy trail or a broken road, the GLC handles with all the precision and composure you expect from a Mercedes-Benz. The precise 4-wheel multilink suspension features an innovative selective damping system that instantly firms up in corners while keeping the ride smooth. Similarly, the 17” wheels handle corners with expertise. Selective damping lets the shock absorbers respond to the road, firming up in corners yet keeping the ride refined.

SAFETY ASSISTS

The availability of several active and passive safety features underlines the integral safety concept of Mercedes- Benz. A comprehensive protection system designed to avoid accidents, ensure ideal responses to dangers and lessen the consequences of accidents provide a reassuring feeling of owning a Mercedes-Benz. Proactive protection systems like Collision Prevention Assist Plus, drowsiness detection system Attention Assist, and Adaptive Braking System make driving safer, less stressful and more enjoyable.

Similarly, innovations like Active Bonnet, which automatically springs up a few centimetres after crash reduce the risk of injury for occupants and other road users. The car occupants can also be extensively protected by up to nine airbags (two of which are optional side bags in the rear). Even if everything goes down to the ground, the engine can be switched off automatically and the central locking unlocked, plus the hazard warning lights and emergency interior lighting can be activated.

VERDICT

The GLC 220d ticks all the right boxes when it comes to looks and capabilities. It fuses style with security, refinement with ruggedness, and innovation with inspiration for responsible, thrilling and luxurious driving, day after day. Whether you’re running around the city or on a road trip, the GLC offers you driving options to enjoy.

Lots of useful details and extremely high-quality workmanship help the GLC mix SUV versatility with sport sedan vitality. If you want a great driving experience matched by an equally great ownership experience from the best available luxury SUVs in the market, the Mercedes-Benz GLC 220d is the answer.

EXTERIOR HIGHLIGHTS

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