The Mercedes Benz GLC Crossover, which will be Mercedes Benz’s answer to the likes of the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3 could arrive in India only by late 2012 or early 2013, after it’s European launch. More importantly, the unveiling of the 2012 A-Class concept at the recently concluded 2011 New York Auto Show has given us plenty of hints as to what the GLC Crossover would feature.
As we already know that Mercedes Benz’s range of cars based on the MFA platform would feature front wheel drive to keep costs low, the GLC will come with a inline four engine which would most probably feature a turbocharger for bumping up power, keeping down emissions and fuel consumption. Also, both manual and 7 speed automatic gearbox variants may be offered on the GLC.
Mercedes Benz wants to make sure that even it’s smallest entry level cars are rated highly on the safety parameters. So, Mercedes Benz’s Pre-Safe technology and Brake Assist could most certainly be a standard piece of kit on the GLC Crossover. Finally, the styling of the GLC is expected to follow a muscular and curvy design all around just like what we saw on the Mercedes Benz A-Class concept.
By the looks of it. Mercedes Benz seems very serious about giving the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3 a real run for their monies. On how successful the front wheel drive Mercedes Benz GLC Crossover scheduled for a 2013 release in India would really be, that only time can tell.