2020 Mercedes GLC 300d Coupe review, India test drive

fourth Mar 2020 eight:06 pm Previously out there in AMG guise only, the new facelifted…

fourth Mar 2020 eight:06 pm

Previously out there in AMG guise only, the new facelifted GLC Coupe now comes in 300 and 300d avatars. We get powering the wheel of the diesel variant to see what it is like.

What is it?

Just about two months immediately after the start of the facelifted GLC, we now have the updated Coupe variation too. Having said that, when the before Coupe was offered as an AMG product only, Mercedes-Benz has now picked to introduce the facelifted car in two standard models – a petrol 300 4Matic and a diesel 300d 4Matic. 

It’s definitely a nod to the simple fact that, when even now a area of interest segment, SUV-coupes are widening their charm. Moreover, with these models, Mercedes is superior put to choose on the BMW X4, which is out there with the two, petrol and diesel powerplants. Additionally, when the AMG Coupe was brought in as an import, the updated automobiles are now assembled right here and are as a result priced additional in line with the X4.

What’s it like on the outdoors?

The facelift provides with it new style for the headlight inserts, which are also multibeam LED models that can automatically regulate the light throw to stop dazzling oncoming targeted traffic. Compared to the standard GLC that gets twin horizontal bars on the grille, the Coupe gets a single bar and a diamond head sample this is a great deal like the AMG Coupe but as opposed to it, the pin heads are not chromed. The bumper is the exact same as on the standard car and gets the intense cladding on the decreased edge.

Coupe gets the diamond pinhead grille but it just isn’t chrome-tipped as on the AMG variation.

At the side, the coupe retains the slim operating board from the before car, and when the AMG has a black window trim, the updated product gets a full-chrome encompass. The 19-inch alloys are also of a different six-spoke sample.

New-style 19-inch alloys incorporate flair.

The rear gets recently styled tail-lights, with the lights ingredient style now resembling the sample viewed on the standard GLC and also the GLE and the GLS SUVs.

What’s it like inside of?

Like the outsides, the interiors too acquire a subtle makeover. A large welcome update, although, is the introduction of the new Mercedes MBUX connectivity technique, along with the connected car knowledge with an onboard SIM. Whilst the more mature Command technique was very out-of-date in its UI and lacked a touchscreen, the new technique is slick and uncomplicated to use and provides with it a touch-delicate pad in the centre console, two mini touch pads on the new steering wheel, along with a greater 10.twenty five-inch display screen that is touch-responsive as properly. 

Dashboard layout feels familiar to everyone who has sat in newer Mercs .

The touchscreen and steering touch pads work truly properly, are responsive, and allow for you exact manage. Having said that, I would have desired Mercedes retaining the more mature click wheel on the centre console, as it is considerably less difficult to manage certain capabilities when on the transfer.

There is also the new ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice command assistant, for a palms-free knowledge, and when it can also recognise conversational voice commands, the technique in India is even now to roll out in its entirety and for now you can only use the established voice prompts.

The new 10.twenty five-inch touchscreen infotainment display screen comes with Merc’s updated MBUX technique.

There is now also Android Automobile and Apple CarPlay connectivity, along with a crafted-in navigation technique. One more little but welcome addition is wireless charging, but anything that isn’t good is the change to Style-C only USB ports.

In contrast to the GLC, the Coupe gets the full-electronic instrument cluster as regular.

For the Coupe, Mercedes has gone with a electronic instrument panel. So when the standard GLC gets actual physical twin dials, the Coupe gets on-display screen simulated dials that can be altered dependent on your desire and the driving manner too. The Coupe also gets a memory purpose for the driver’s seat. Talking of which, seating comfort and ease in the car is top-notch and a day spent powering the wheel was not a backbreaking affair.

Area in the rear is enough, although the dipping roof and little home windows make the passengers come to feel hemmed in.

Rear seating too is incredibly comfortable and has excellent again aid, although individuals with a taller body could locate head room a little bit limited. Having said that, Mercedes has scooped out aspect of the head lining, and my 5ft 8in body experienced about two inches of room above. Still, you do come to feel hemmed in due to the decreased roof and the smaller home windows.

The boot space on present has enhanced about the pre-facelift product many thanks to the spare being moved under the boot floor.

One more place exactly where Mercedes has thankfully liberated additional room is in the boot. In the before automobiles, underfloor space was utilised for storage compartments, with the space saver tyre in the boot. Now, the tyre goes under the floor, leaving you with a clear and clear boot. The dipping roof, of system, even now eats into space but you can at minimum now get some baggage in and have a spare tyre too.

What’s it like to travel?

As outlined prior to, the Coupe now comes with the two, petrol and diesel mills. The petrol is a two.-litre, four-cylinder device that tends to make 250hp and 370Nm of torque, when the diesel is a two.-litre, four-cylinder device that puts out 245hp and 500Nm of torque. Equally are BS6 compliant and are the exact same models as in the standard GLC. Having said that, when in the GLC, they are in the decreased two hundred and 220d point out of tune, in the Coupe they are in the better ‘300’ guise. 

The new two.-litre OM654 diesel creates 245hp and 500Nm of torque and is incredibly refined.

The diesel, which is the a single we experienced for review, is the newer two.-litre OM654 device that replaces the old two.1-litre OM651 motor in the Merc fleet. And just like in the standard car, the impressive little bit is the engine’s degree of refinement. Sounds and vibrations are minimal at start up and even on the transfer you’d have to consciously make an effort and hard work to know there’s an oil burner under the hood. Rev it challenging and it gets vocal but it even now isn’t severe or strained.

In terms of electricity shipping, it is incredibly linear and potent all the way up to around four,500rpm, exactly where the nine-speed automatic gearbox will upshift no make a difference what travel manner you are in. Even in handbook manner, the gearbox will not allow for you to hit the redline that is marked at five,500rpm. The gearbox is a smooth shifter but isn’t lightning-quick. Compared to the 220d point out of tune, the 300d does come to feel faster and Mercedes declare a -100kph time of six.6sec towards 220d’s seven.9sec time.

Soft suspension set up absorbs bumps properly although influences handling.

With the update, Mercedes has softened the suspension on the GLC. It will work properly to take up bumps and ruts, and keeps you very isolated inside of. At speed, even so, there is some body float and spirited driving in corners will have you wishing for a firmer sportier set up. Adjustable dampers would have been the ideal option, or even the tremendous-stiff AMG treatment method, as an alternative of the existing models. Having said that, the steering, which does get affected by the travel modes, has more than enough weight at better speed and is light more than enough at decreased speeds too.

Really should I invest in a single?

Previously, with the Coupe being out there as an AMG-only product, factors ended up a ton less difficult – you both experienced practicality or all-out pleasurable. Now, although, with the facelift, factors get a small sophisticated.  

In a way, the new Coupe sits in no man’s land – it is neither as spacious nor as practical as the standard car, nor is it as sporty and pleasurable as the AMG. But on the other hand, if you have constantly fancied the charm of an SUV-coupe, you now really don’t have to go the total hog into AMG territory and extend your wallet too. You can delight in the sportier charm of the Coupe, get some added performance at the pedal and a little bit additional tools like a memory seat and an all-electronic instrument panel – all this for a not too a great deal a high quality of about Rs six lakh. The 300d Coupe 4Matic comes in at Rs sixty three.70 lakh when the standard 220d 4Matic diesel prices Rs fifty seven.75 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India).

It all boils down then to your disposition in the direction of SUV-coupes – if you are not a fan, seem at the standard GLC. But if you love them, you now have additional choice and, oh, did I point out, Mercedes says the AMG is very likely to follow too?