We’ve expected this for a while, but Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) have finally rolled out the long-awaited refreshed GLC-Class SUV range today. As expected with any mid-life refresh, there’s a mild nip-tuck with the exterior, but there’s indeed more to bask in.
Eagle-eyed readers would’ve spotted the revised headlamps and taillights, front and rear bumpers, as well as the wheels and grilles in all three variants through the pictures featured. As before, the range starts with the base GLC 200 offering, followed by the GLC 300 and GLC 300 Coupe duo above it.
As per its global move, Merc has dropped the 250-spec GLC variant and replaced it with its new GLC 300 variant instead. Both the GLC 300 and GLC 300 Coupe now pack peppier 2.0-litre turbo 4cyl petrol hearts that deliver 258bhp and 370Nm – up from 211bhp and 350Nm (GLC 250) and 241bhp (GLC 300 Coupe pre-facelift).
Said outputs are managed by Merc’s signature 9-speed auto box and 4MATIC all-wheel-drive (AWD) suites, which in turn sees both the GLC 300 and GLC 300 Coupe able to achieve 0-100kph in 6.2 secs – 6.3 secs for the Coupe – and a V-max of 240kph.
The base GLC 200 also sees a bump in performance, with its 2.0-litre 4cyl turbo now producing 197bhp and 320Nm – up from 184bhp and 300Nm. It also gets Merc’s signature 9-speed auto box, but not AWD, hence its slower but still respectable 7.8 secs nought to 100kph sprint and 217kph V-max.
Mechanical bits aside, MBM keenly pointed out the enhanced new on board features in the refreshed GLC-Class line up. At the core of which is the enhanced connectivity thanks to built-in SIM tech, which in turn sees this SUV range now equipped with Merc’s novel Mercedes Benz User Experience (MBUX) or ‘Hey Mercedes…’ voice command.
The enhanced connectivity also allows the inclusion of the Mercedes me suite. This grants additional new features such as remote ignition and, more crucially, enhanced after-sales services. The latter allows the car to be connected with dealers to send service reminders and much more – more on this in a separate post.
Other notable new features include a fully digital instrument display, a larger new Comand infotainment screen as seen in the refreshed C-Class, selective damping (GLC 300), sports suspension (GLC 300 Coupe), not forgetting an array of active driver assistance systems as well.
Apart from this, the last change lie in prices and, given the bump in both performance and features, the slight hike is somewhat justified. Starting with the base GLC 200, which comes in ‘Off Road’ trim, it commands RM299,888 – up from RM293,888 previously.
The GLC 300, on the other hand, trimmed in AMG Line, presently commands an estimated retail figure of RM350,000 – up from RM333,888 prior. Lastly comes the GLC 300 Coupe, which is also trimmed in AMG Line, goes on sale from RM419,888 – up from RM399,888 previously.
See more images of the refreshed GLC-Class range in the galleries prepared below.