Published on January 29th, 2024 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
It’s time You Take The Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC For A Test Drive
Here’s why the new Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC needs to be experienced.
The luxury SUV revolution in Malaysia was led about 8 years ago by the Mercedes-Benz GLC. This was a new nameplate for our market and it still managed to attract both newcomers to the brand and returning fans with over 12,000 units sold. Now, Mercedes-Benz has completely revamped the GLC for a new generation of discerning car buyers.
This new Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC comes with a sleeker and more imposing look with muscular lines and a larger footprint. It’s still identifiably a GLC but the design is a lot sleeker thanks to narrower panel gaps and smoother overall surface work – definitely a step up in terms of craftsmanship. You’ll also find the dazzling new Mercedes-Benz pattern radiator grille up front, sporty 20-inch AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels and a new two-section rear light cluster.
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia chose to focus their efforts on a single variant – the GLC 300 4MATIC and this was a great decision. It comes with a new 2.0L “M254” turbocharged mild hybrid powertrain. This engine design combines an Integrated Starter Generator along with new turbocharger and can even rely on an additional electric compressor to quickly build boost pressure at low revs.
Working with the latest 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, this powertrain gives you exactly what you want in a modern luxury SUV – quick response, high power, low fuel consumption and quiet operation. Plus, with the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system, the powertrain’s 258hp and 400Nm of torque gets exactly where it’s needed most whether you’re carving corners or driving during a rainstorm.
Without a doubt, Mercedes-Benz interior design has been a strong point when the GLC first entered the market and this has only been improved on in the new generation model. The brand has created a distinct look that is tech-forward while still featuring subtle luxurious design elements.
It’s a comfortable place to be in and the Burmester 3D surround sound system delivers acoustic pleasure from hard rock music to soulful voices.
The ARTICO man-made leather upholstery is almost indistinguishable from genuine leather in terms of feel while being robust and better for the environment overall. The cabin experience is completed with MBUX on the 11.9-inch touch-controlled infotainment and 12.3-inch driver instrument cluster.
We see a generational leap not just in the car’s design and performance, but in this digital interface with improvements to voice commands and some neat features such as the automatic Traffic Light View camera feed, MBUX Augmented Reality and “transparent bonnet” feature.
This SUV comes with the illuminated door sills with the “Mercedes-Benz branding illuminated in brilliant white, set in an elegantly machined stainless steel panel on the door sill.
Made For More Discerning Customers
If the previous GLC was made for a market ready to accept premium SUVs, this new GLC is made for a market that has a strong preference for SUVs. Mercedes-Benz has improved every aspect of the vehicle and brought a more polished and complete package. The result is a model that can work just fine as an upgrade to the C-Class, an alternative to the E-Class or an overall step up from the previous GLC.
At RM378,888, the new GLC 300 4MATIC comes packaged with the AMG Line kit, which also communicates the improved dynamism of this new model. Visit a showroom and take it for a test drive to see exactly what we mean and be sure to set the Dynamic Select to “Sport” mode.
Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC Specifications
Engine: Inline 4, turbocharged
Max power: 255bhp @ 5,800rpm
Max torque: 400Nm @2,000Nm
Top Speed: 240km/h
0-100 km/h: 6.2 secs
Selling Price: RM378,888