Facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLC Coupe now on sale in Singapore



Left to right: Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV and GLC Coupé

Updated version of the mid-sized luxury SUV gains new engines, mild hybrid system, MBUX interior. Prices begin at S$226,888 with COE 


SINGAPORE –  Mercedes-Benz has begun sales of its facelifted GLC and GLC Coupe mid-sized sport utility vehicles (SUV) here. 

The new model lineup currently consists of the GLC 200 and GLC 300, while the GLC Coupe comes only as the GLC 300 Coupe model. 

The GLC 200 costs S$226,888 with COE, the GLC 300 costs S$242,888 with COE, and the GLC 300 Coupe costs S$263,888 with COE. The GLC 300 model replaces the GLC 250 model

Drivetrain choices and updates

The GLC 200, GLC 300, and GLC 300 Coupe are all powered by a 2.0-litre engine with the same 1,991cc capacity, but this is a new-generation turbocharged unit codenamed M264, and it replaces the previous M274 unit. There have been improvements to the variable valve control system, exhaust gas heating, and a twin scroll turbocharger. 

The biggest difference however, is the addition of a 48V mild hybrid system (called EQ Boost) as first seen on the Mercedes-Benz C 200 sedan – read our test drive and more details of that car here. The mild hybrid system is unable to drive the car on full electric power, but it recuperates energy from braking or slowing down, and provides a 13.4hp boost to the engine. On paper the cars’ efficiency hasn’t increased because of the new fuel efficiency testing and reporting regimen in Europe.  

All three cars have the latest iteration of Mercedes-Benz’s nine-speed automatic gearbox (9G-Tronic), while the GLC 200 is rear-wheel drive, and the GLC 300 / GLC 300 coupe have 4MATIC all-wheel drive (45:55 front/rear torque distribution). 

The Mercedes-AMG variants, the 43 model with the 3.0-litre V6 engines, and full-on GLC 63 with V8 power, and more sporting intent will definitely follow, although no time frame is currently confirmed for those models. 

Mercedes has also announced a plug-in hybrid version of the GLC, named the GLC 300 e 4MATIC globally but it’s not clear yet whether this variant will come to Singapore. It has the same 2.0-litre engine, but with 211hp, as well as a 120hp electric motor, 320hp total system output. A 13.5kWh battery pack delivers an electric-only range of just under 45km. 

Mercedes-Benz GLC facelift: Performance improvements

 

 

GLC 200

GLC 200 facelift

GLC 250 pre-facelift 

GLC 300 facelift 

Engine power / torque 

184hp / 300Nm 

197hp / 320Nm

211hp / 350Nm

258hp / 360Nm 

Hybrid motor 

– 

13.4hp/150Nm

– 

13.4hp/150Nm

Acceleration / Top Speed 

8.3 seconds / 212km/h 

7.8 seconds / 217km/h 

7.3 seconds /

6.3 seconds / 240km/h 

Efficiency 

7.0L/100km

7.7L/100km 

7.0L/100km

8.0L/100km 

CO2

162g/km 

172g/km 

162g/km

180g/km 

Equipment and trim variants

The GLC 200 and 300 are offered with the same level of equipment, this base spec doesn’t have a name (eg. Progressive). 

Typical of a facelift, the head and taillights have been updated, while the lower section of the front has more upright air intakes that flank the more prominent bash-plate in chrome, and the twin-louvre grille now has corrugations in its design. 18-inch wheels are standard for this trim level, as are aluminium roof rails and side running boards. 

The interior retains the same basic vertical-styled centre console, similar to that on the C-Class and E-Class, the biggest update here is the addition of the new Mercedes-Benz User Experience driver interface – it replaces the old COMAND infotainment system. 

A large 12.3-inch virtual instrument display is part of that, paired with the smaller 10.25 inch touchscreen for infotainment on the right, with the other control options being the central touchpad, steering wheel-mounted touchpads, voice control, and smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. On-board navigation is a S$2,700 option. 

The rest of the equipment spec is decent, but not super generous – keyless, an electric tailgate, dual-zone air conditioning, cruise control, a reverse camera, dark open-pore wood trim, and ‘Artico’ leather upholstery. 

The GLC 300 has an additional ‘Off-Road Exterior’ package, as far as we can tell this only means a slight change to the design of the bash plate, it’s still big and chrome and looks largely the same as the standard car shown here. 

It also has 18-inch wheels in a different design, suspension that’s 20mm taller,  brown open-pore walnut wood trim on the inside, a higher-spec sound system with nine-speakers and 225 watts of output, and a sportier engine note. 

There is an AMG Line variant (above), which adds S$10,000 to the sticker price. That nets you the usual raft of AMG Line kit : a body kit with the diamond-point grille, 19-inch AMG design wheels, flat-bottomed sport steering wheel, sport suspension, stainless steel pedals, perforated brake discs with Mercedes-Benz lettering, and the all important AMG Line floor mats. 

Other add-ons of note include adaptive suspension (S$4,000 for the GLC 200, S$4,500 for the GLC 300) or adaptive air suspension (S$7,900 and S$7,800, respectively). The driving assistance package gives you lane keeping capabilities, adaptive cruise control with steering assist for S$8,800/S$10,000. 

The car shown here has Selenite Grey Magno paint, which is a S$5,000/S$5,700 option.



The GLC 300 Coupe

As mentioned the GLC 300 Coupe shares the same powertrain as the GLC 300 SUV, aside from a 10Nm higher peak torque (370Nm) its performance and efficiency figures are exactly the same.


The coupe, aside from its appearance, also has a stiffer suspension setup, as well as its default trim choice being the AMG Line version. The model shown here has Hyacinth Red metallic paint, which is a S$1,700 option. 



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