Eyeing the flourishing SUV market in India, Mercedes Benz has brought in the new GLC, with the prices starting Rs 50.7 lakh (petrol) and Rs 50.9 lakh (diesel) in a Pune showroom.
Filling the gap between the luxury small SUV-hatchback GLA and the king-size GLE in Mercedes’ portfolio in India, the GLC 220d is powered by a 2143cc diesel engine while a 1991cc petrol engine is doing the duty in the GLC 300.
“The GLC is a key product that fills the gap between the GLA and the GLE luxury SUVs,” Mercedes-Benz India MD and CEO Roland Folger said at the launch in New Delhi.
Bullish on the SUV segment, he said: “We have seen a growing penchant for luxury SUVs amongst luxury car customers in India and the addition of the GLC is going to redefine the segment completely.”
Mercedes will import the GLC in India as a completely built unit (CBU). The model is the fifth launch for the company which is slated to bring in 12 new products this year.
The GLC becomes the sixth SUV in the company’s portfolio in India, which ranges from the GLA to the AMG G63 which are priced in the range of Rs 31 lakh and Rs 2 crore, respectively.
Commenting on the market situation, Folger said while the company has managed to grow sales despite uncertainties over diesel vehicles, it could have been much better.
In 2015, the company posted record sales of 13,502 units in India as against 10,201 units in 2014, up by 32%.