| James Kon |
THE new Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 was unveiled by Jati Transport towards the end of last year to a raucous reception from premium car buyers in the country.
So you could imagine the level of excitement the Bulletin felt when it was recently invited to test drive the much-anticipated luxury SUV. The new model, meant to be a more affordable successor to the GLK, certainly did not disappoint.
We’ve all heard of the saying, “being cheaper doesn’t always mean less quality” – or something to that effect. This certainly rings true for the new Mercedes-Benz GLC 200.
The latest addition to the Bruneian premium SUV segment, the new Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 is equipped with high-end features such as a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, an off-road exterior package, 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, and high performance LED headlamps.
Sink your foot into the throttle and you will feel the immediate unleashing of pure, raw acceleration and power from the vehicle’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder inline engine, which is capable of producing 135 kW (184 hp) and 300 Nm of torque.
Its standard nine-stage 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission – equipped with a torque converter – meanwhile delivers better agility and responsiveness while driving.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 comes with a number of dynamic select drive mode such as comfort, eco, sport, sport plus and individual, meaning that it is equally at home travelling through difficult terrain such as those found at construction sites and rural roads, or the city streets of Bandar Seri Begawan.
As for aesthetics, the new GLC 200’s exterior design really accentuates the vehicle’s rugged features; its macho chrome front grille cover the most noticeable example of this.
Adding to the car’s distinctive muscular look is the chrome plated tailpipe and anodised roof rails.
The LED headlamps provide more safety at night thanks to a broad light distribution which yields a light colour similar to daylight and has low energy consumption.
The taillights also utilise LED technology, creating an eye-pleasing visual while improving visibility especially at night.
For parking convenience, the Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 has innovative features such as Parking Pilot with Parktronic and reversing camera.
This makes it easier for the driver when needing to parallel park or when parking in tight spaces.
The system helps by automatically steering the vehicle into the vacant space. The infotainment system meanwhile is centred around a normal multifunction display for passengers and drivers to use. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control and a seven-inch display screen, Bluetooth, HD Radio and two USB ports, while available features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make syncing your smartphone with the vehicle easy.
For better access to the rear luggage space, the GLC 200 has a hands-free access function that allows you to open and close the compartment door by simply making a kicking motion underneath the rear bumper.