Athletic Appearance, Functionality & Agility In Mercedes’ New GLC Mid - Size
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The new Mercedes-Benz GLC, a premium mid-size SUV, is a vehicle with a strong character and a solid, athletic appearance that the luxury automaker is marketing as a ‘reliable and accomplished companion in all life's situations: timeless, cutting-edge, progressive.’

The GLC impresses from first glance at the exterior, with a powerful front stemming from a very upright-looking radiator trim, with two louvres and the centrally placed Mercedes star. Striking, too, is the design of the headlamps and daytime driving lamps and the bucket-tooth-look sump shield.

Viewed from the side, the cladding on the wheel arches reinforces the GLC’s SUV look, which can be further enhanced with optional aluminium-look running boards. These pronounced wheel arches are primarily responsible for the wide-based, sporty look of the GLC’s rear. The vehicle’s roof spoiler also serves to emphasize the athletic look.

With the GLC, Mercedes-Benz has aimed for an intelligent combination of functionality and agility in a modern, timeless SUV design.

Inside the GLC, the interior is one of high-class appeal that features authentic materials, flowing surface finishes and a newly interpreted centre console and which exudes a luxurious sense of lightness. This sense of lightness comes partly from the controls which are in silver chrome, with metallic tactile qualities. Giving a natural feel are the seat coverings in wool and linen and the open-poor wood used as trim.

The new GLC is designed to offer more space, more flexibility and greater appeal. Interior features include THERMATIC automatic climate control with two climate zones, power front seats and green-tinted glass all round and optionals such as ambient lighting, electrically adjustable front passenger seat with memory function, power driver’s seat with memory function, THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control with three climate zones and a panoramic sliding sunroof.

A host of optional equipment packages for the Mercedes GLC includes the Stowage Space package with additional stowage and tie-down options in the interior and the boot, the AIR BALANCE package with which the interior can be fragranced through a choice of four fragrances, and the Interior Lighting package that generates more illumination and enhanced visibility in the interior.

For the exterior, the choice includes the Exterior Chrome package that comprises additional chrome trim as stylish design elements, and the OFF-ROAD exterior package that serves to underscore the SUV character of the GLC with such features as 5-spoke light-alloy wheels, chrome stylized underride guard, front bumper with a larger angle of approach and an exhaust system with two visible chromed tailpipes and anodized roof rails.

The new GLC graces Hong Kong car dealerships in the form of the GLC 250 4MATIC and GLC 300 4MATIC, both of which are powered by 4-cylinder petrol engines designed to reduce consumption and emissions while delivering power, reliability and flexibility.

Mercedes’ rivals for the GLC include the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Porsche Macan S Diesel.

The vehicles’ 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission offers efficiency, comfort and dynamism and swifter and smoother gearshifting actions. Also helping to provide the GLC’s handling and on- and off-road capabilities is DYNAMIC SELECT which offers five drive programs - Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Eco and Individual.

Available for the first time is the optional AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension system in combination with continuously variable damper control, ensuring ride comfort and dynamic handling. The damping at each wheel is adapted to the current driving situation and can be set for more comfortable or sporty characteristics as required.

The GLC’s 4MATIC all-wheel drive system delivers optimum traction for each specific driving situation, and ensures powerful move off and acceleration particularly on poor road surfaces and in adverse weather conditions.

For even better off-road capabilities, the Off-Road Engineering package delivers such at the push of a button. This is thanks to up to five additional off-road driving programs - off-road, gradient, slippery, trailer and rocking free in conjunction with the optional AIR BODY CONTROL system. The modified characteristics of the drive system optimize traction particularly on loose terrain, while Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) helps the driver master even steep descents safely.

The bevy of safety and assistance systems deployed in the GLC include ATTENTION ASSIST, ADAPTIVE BRAKE with HOLD function, ESP Electronic Stability Program with Crosswind Assist, ESP Dynamic Curve Assist, Anti-lock braking system (ABS), airbags for driver and front passenger, kneebag for driver, windowbags and pedestrian protection with active bonnet.

In addition to the standard specification for the new GLC, there are the EXCLUSIVE and AMG Line design and equipment lines on offer.

The EXCLUSIVE line emphasizes the elegant side of the vehicle, with stylish details in chrome and 43.2-centimetre 5-spoke light-alloy wheels and in the interior, such features as seats with an exclusive upholstery layout in ARTICO man-made leather and leather multifunction steering wheel with 3-spoke design.

The AMG Line emphasizes the vehicle’s sporty side. Exterior-wise this line includes dynamic AMG body styling, sports suspension and 48.3-centimetre AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels while in the interior, the features include seats with an exclusive upholstery layout, multifunction leather steering wheel with flat bottom and silver-coloured paddle shifters, AMG sports pedals and the instrument cluster with tubular design.

Available for a limited time from the market launch of the new GLC, is the Edition 1. This features a host of exterior and interior equipment features designed to enhance the sporty, exclusive and comfortable character of the GLC even further.

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