The new Mercedes-Benz GLC has arrived in Ireland. It a model that propels the brand into the mid-size, right-hand drive SUV segment for the first time, with an entry-level price of €50,280 ex-works.
Arriving just in time to catch the New Year registrations rush, the GLC is a newcomer to the Mercedes-Benz model range.
Based on the latest C-Class platform, but with a longer wheelbase, the GLC comes straight from the mould of recent Mercedes-Benz SUV introductions. Markedly similar in appearance to both, it fits into the range between the smaller GLA and the larger GLE.
Mirroring the C-Class coupe and other recent arrivals, the new GLC will be introduced to the market equipped with an estimated €6,000 worth of standard features that includes Exclusive exterior pack, Artico leather, cruise control, heated front seats, active parking assist and full intelligent light system.
Replacing the outgoing GLK (a model produced only in left-hand drive ), the GLC has the characteristic looks of a Mercedes-Benz SUV and will likely appeal to male and female, urban and rural buyers alike.
In Ireland, emphasis will be placed on two diesel models, both equipped with nine-speed automatic transmission and 4matic permanent all-wheel drive as standard. Both of 2143cc capacity and both in tax band B1 with annual road tax of €270, they are a 170bhp GLC 220d at €50,280 (ex works ) and a 204bhp GLC 250d at €52.055.
Buyers can choose from three equipment lines – Standard, Exclusive and AMG – with Exclusive line offering 18-inch wheels and AMG line offering 19-inch wheels and AMG styled bumpers.
Describing the GLC as one of the ‘most complete’ vehicles ever launched by Mercedes-Benz, Ciaran Allen, sales manager for passenger cars, said' "The GLC is a model for which we have been waiting, filling a void in our model range in a way that will appeal to all fans of the SUV."