2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC update on sale, new GLC 200 added

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC range update is getting ready to land in Australia, with a new entry model grade helping to bring down the entry price.

Joining the range for the first time is the GLC 200. It features a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine producing 135kW and 300Nm. It’s connected up to a nine-speed automatic, with all-wheel drive. Fuel economy figures haven’t been mentioned.

Despite being the base model, the new GLC 200 comes with plenty of standard features, including Parking Pilot and top-view camera, a power tailgate, 7.0-inch LCD screen with sat-nav and digital radio, along with ARTICO upholstery, LED headlights, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Other changes to the range including the deletion of the GLC 220 d. This was the entry model previously, but it can no longer be ordered. Mercedes-Benz Australia hasn’t provided a reason for its deletion, so we’ll assume it was because of lacklustre sales.

Moving up the range, the GLC can be had in 250 form with a 155/350Nm 2.0L turbo, or buyers can choose the 250 d featuring a 2.1L turbo-diesel developing 150kW/500Nm, or up to the 350 d with a 190kW/620Nm 3.0L turbo-diesel V6.

For the performance fans, Mercedes offers the AMG 43 and 63. The 43 comes with a twin-turbo V6 producing 270kW/520Nm, capable of 0-100km/h in a claimed 4.9 seconds. If that’s not enough, the 63 uses a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 to punch out 375kW/700Nm, which is enough to see 0-100km/h done in a claimed 3.8 seconds.

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC updated range will go into production in June. Prices start from the following (excludes on-roads):

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 SUV $61,990
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 SUV $71,600
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 d SUV $74,000
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 350 d SUV $91,100
2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV $103,500
2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S SUV $164,900

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 Coupe $82,300
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 d Coupe $84,700
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 350 d Coupe $101,200
2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe – $111,000
2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupee – $171,900

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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