2015 Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d review
Source : 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d review
Impressive brand-new GLC rides better, can be more economical as well as boasts better perceived quality than a BMW X3. The all-brand-new Mercedes-Benz GLC, which will seek to dethrone the second-generation BMW X3 at the top of the premium brand mid-sized SUV sales charts as well as provide competition to the seven-year-old Audi Q5 when This specific goes on sale in September.The predecessor to the GLC, the square-edged GLK, was never produced in right-hand-drive guise owing to difficulties in packaging the driveshaft for the front axle, as well as subsequently This specific was not sold through official Mercedes-Benz sales channels within the UK. As a result, the German car maker has been unrepresented in one of the fastest-growing as well as most profitable market segments.The arrival of the GLC rectifies This specific hole in Mercedes’ line-up. The smart-looking SUV can be based on the same platform as the latest C-Class, although receives a 33mm-longer wheelbase than its saloon as well as estate siblings. This specific also uses tracks that will have been widened by 31mm at the front as well as 47mm at the rear over the C-Class.Mercedes makes no secret of the fact that will the key rival for the GLC can be the X3, so This specific can be no surprise to find that will the two share similar dimensions. The brand-new SUV can be a mere 1mm longer, 9mm wider as well as 21mm lower than the BMW at 4656mm, 1890mm as well as 1639mm respectively.Although This specific can be larger than its predecessor in all vital external measurements, Mercedes says the GLC can be 80kg lighter than the GLK. This specific has been achieved through the use of hot-formed high-strength steel within the Centeng structure as well as aluminium for the front wings, bonnet as well as roof. The GLC250d tested weighs 1770kg, generating This specific 40kg heavier than the X3 xDrive20d as well as 45kg lighter than the high-powered variation of the Q5 2.0 TDI.Two diesel-powered types will be sold through the outset within the form of the £34,950 GLC220d as well as £36,105 GLC250d. They both run Mercedes’s widely used OM651-designated turbocharged 2.1-litre four-cylinder powerplant in differing states of tune, the former with 168bhp as well as 295lb ft, as well as the latter producing 201bhp as well as 369lb ft. various other left-hand-drive European markets get a petrol powered GLC250, which uses a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with 208bhp as well as 258lb ft. Also planned to follow before the end of 2015 although not planned for right-hand drive production can be a petrol-electric-powered plug-in hybrid variant, the GLC350e.This specific combines a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, developing 208bhp as well as 258lb ft, with an electric motor mounted within front section of the gearbox housing as well as producing 114bhp as well as 251lb ft. All up, This specific offers combined system outputs of 316bhp as well as 413lb ft. There can be no manual gearbox, at least during the initial sales phase. Instead there can be a standard nine-speed automatic gearbox on the two diesel engines. This specific receives the latest in fuel-saving functions, including automatic stop-start as well as brake energy recuperation.Both the GLC220d as well as GLC250d receive Mercedes-Benz’s 4Matic four-wheel drive system as standard. However, unlike the left-hand-drive types that will apportion power in a 45% front, 55% rear split, right-hand-drive UK types include a 33%/67% front/rear split. The GLC rides on a four-link front as well as all 5-link rear suspension set-up featuring adaptive damping as part of a standard Dynamic Select system that will offers the driver the choice between Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus as well as Individual modes. The suspension system, which can be claimed to be 5kg lighter than that will used by the earlier GLK, also comes with optional Air Centeng Control rear air springs.The air springs feature a brand-new three-chamber design as well as can be combined having a so-called Off-Road Engineering package, which offrers all 5 off-road driving modes: Slippery, Trailer, Off-road, Incline as well as Rocking Assist. This specific also adds hill decent control, underbody protection as well as adjustable ride height – the latter raising ground clearance through a standard 227mm to 257mm as well as up to 277mm at speeds below 30mph.
by via Autocar RSS Feed