A Class Of Its Own

2020 Mercedes GLC 300d Coupe review, India test drive

fourth Mar 2020 eight:06 pm

Earlier available in AMG guise only, the new facelifted GLC Coupe now will come in 300 and 300d avatars. We get at the rear of the wheel of the diesel variant to see what it is like.

What is it?

Just about two months following the start of the facelifted GLC, we now have the updated Coupe variation way too. Nonetheless, though the earlier Coupe was offered as an AMG design only, Mercedes-Benz has now preferred to introduce the facelifted automobile in two typical styles – a petrol 300 4Matic and a diesel 300d 4Matic. 

It is surely a nod to the truth that, though however a specialized niche segment, SUV-coupes are widening their charm. Moreover, with these styles, Mercedes is much better positioned to just take on the BMW X4, which is available with both, petrol and diesel powerplants. In addition, though the AMG Coupe was brought in as an import, the updated cars are now assembled here and are therefore priced much more in line with the X4.

What is it like on the outside the house?

The facelift brings with it new design and style for the headlight inserts, which are also multibeam LED models that can immediately alter the mild toss to protect against dazzling oncoming site visitors. Compared to the typical GLC that receives twin horizontal bars on the grille, the Coupe receives a solitary bar and a diamond head sample this is a great deal like the AMG Coupe but in comparison to it, the pin heads are not chromed. The bumper is the similar as on the typical automobile and receives the aggressive cladding on the reduce edge.

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

At the aspect, the coupe retains the slim jogging board from the earlier automobile, and though the AMG has a black window trim, the updated design receives a whole-chrome encompass. The 19-inch alloys are also of a different 6-spoke sample.

New-design and style 19-inch alloys incorporate flair.

The rear receives recently styled tail-lights, with the lighting aspect design and style now resembling the sample noticed on the typical GLC and also the GLE and the GLS SUVs.

What is it like within?

Like the outsides, the interiors way too acquire a delicate makeover. A major welcome update, however, is the introduction of the new Mercedes MBUX connectivity program, alongside with the linked automobile experience with an onboard SIM. Whilst the older Command program was very outdated in its UI and lacked a touchscreen, the new program is slick and simple to use and brings with it a touch-delicate pad in the centre console, two mini touch pads on the new steering wheel, alongside with a larger 10.twenty five-inch display that’s touch-responsive as very well. 

Dashboard structure feels familiar to any one who has sat in newer Mercs .

The touchscreen and steering touch pads do the job really very well, are responsive, and permit you precise manage. Nonetheless, I would have favored Mercedes retaining the older click wheel on the centre console, as it is considerably much easier to manage particular functions though on the go.

There is also the new ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice command assistant, for a fingers-free experience, and though it can also recognise conversational voice commands, the program in India is however 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 will come with Merc’s updated MBUX program.

There is now also Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, alongside with a built-in navigation program. A further small but welcome addition is wi-fi charging, but some thing that is not great is the switch to Form-C only USB ports.

In contrast to the GLC, the Coupe receives the whole-digital instrument cluster as conventional.

For the Coupe, Mercedes has long gone with a digital instrument panel. So though the typical GLC receives physical twin dials, the Coupe receives on-display simulated dials that can be altered based mostly on your preference and the driving method way too. The Coupe also receives a memory function for the driver’s seat. Talking of which, seating comfort and ease in the automobile is leading-notch and a working day spent at the rear of the wheel was not a backbreaking affair.

Area in the rear is ample, however the dipping roof and small home windows make the passengers really feel hemmed in.

Rear seating way too is really relaxed and has excellent again help, however all those with a taller frame may well come across head place a bit restricted. Nonetheless, Mercedes has scooped out element of the head lining, and my 5ft 8in frame experienced about two inches of place previously mentioned. Even now, you do really feel hemmed in owing to the reduce roof and the smaller sized home windows.

The boot place on present has improved more than the pre-facelift design many thanks to the spare staying moved under the boot ground.

A further place wherever Mercedes has thankfully liberated much more place is in the boot. In the earlier cars, underfloor place was used for storage compartments, with the place saver tyre in the boot. Now, the tyre goes underneath the ground, leaving you with a thoroughly clean and apparent boot. The dipping roof, of system, however eats into place but you can at minimum now get some bags in and have a spare tyre way too.

What is it like to drive?

As described prior to, the Coupe now will come with both, petrol and diesel mills. The petrol is a 2.-litre, 4-cylinder unit that can make 250hp and 370Nm of torque, though the diesel is a 2.-litre, 4-cylinder unit that places out 245hp and 500Nm of torque. The two are BS6 compliant and are the similar models as in the typical GLC. Nonetheless, though in the GLC, they are in the reduce two hundred and 220d condition of tune, in the Coupe they are in the increased ‘300’ guise. 

The new 2.-litre OM654 diesel generates 245hp and 500Nm of torque and is really refined.

The diesel, which is the one particular we experienced for critique, is the newer 2.-litre OM654 unit that replaces the outdated 2.one-litre OM651 engine in the Merc fleet. And just like in the typical automobile, the amazing bit is the engine’s level of refinement. Sound and vibrations are small at start off up and even on the go you’d have to consciously make an exertion to know there is an oil burner underneath the hood. Rev it tough and it receives vocal but it however is not severe or strained.

In phrases of electric power shipping and delivery, it is really linear and sturdy all the way up to all-around four,500rpm, wherever the nine-pace computerized gearbox will upshift no make a difference what drive method you are in. Even in manual method, the gearbox will not permit you to hit the redline that’s marked at 5,500rpm. The gearbox is a sleek shifter but is not lightning-rapid. Compared to the 220d condition of tune, the 300d does really feel more rapidly and Mercedes assert a -100kph time of 6.6sec versus 220d’s seven.9sec time.

Delicate suspension setup absorbs bumps very well however influences handling.

With the update, Mercedes has softened the suspension on the GLC. It is effective very well to take in bumps and ruts, and keeps you very isolated within. At pace, nonetheless, there is some human body float and spirited driving in corners will have you wishing for a firmer sportier setup. Adjustable dampers would have been the perfect answer, or even the super-stiff AMG treatment, in its place of the present models. Nonetheless, the steering, which does get influenced by the drive modes, has ample bodyweight at increased pace and is mild ample at reduce speeds way too.

Must I acquire one particular?

Earlier, with the Coupe staying available as an AMG-only design, issues had been a whole lot simpler – you possibly experienced practicality or all-out enjoyable. Now, however, with the facelift, issues get a minimal intricate.  

In a way, the new Coupe sits in no man’s land – it is neither as spacious nor as simple as the typical automobile, nor is it as sporty and enjoyable as the AMG. But on the other hand, if you have normally fancied the charm of an SUV-coupe, you now really do not have to go the complete hog into AMG territory and extend your wallet way too. You can get pleasure from the sportier charm of the Coupe, get some added performance at the pedal and a bit much more equipment like a memory seat and an all-digital instrument panel – all this for a not way too a great deal a quality of around Rs 6 lakh. The 300d Coupe 4Matic will come in at Rs 63.70 lakh though the typical 220d 4Matic diesel costs Rs fifty seven.seventy five lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India).

It all boils down then to your disposition toward SUV-coupes – if you are not a supporter, look at the typical GLC. But if you appreciate them, you now have much more choice and, oh, did I mention, Mercedes states the AMG is very likely to adhere to way too?