Zimoco introduces Mercedes-Benz GLC 4Matic

HARARE - Mercedes-Benz distributor in Zimbabwe, Zimoco, has introduced the GLC 4Matic sports-activity vehicle to the local market.

On a technical level the new SUV clearly makes its’ mark with the excellent standard of safety that is a brand hallmark, featuring state-of-the-art assistance systems and outstanding energy efficiency.

Fuel consumption has been cut by up to 19 percent compared with the previous model. At the same time, the air body control multi-chamber air suspension, that is without parallel in this segment, the extended range of dynamic select dynamic transmission modes and the 4matic permanent all-wheel drive increase not only the ride comfort, but also the vehicle’s sporty agility — whatever surface it is driving on.

Visually, the body follows the clear and sensual design idiom which was demonstrated so successfully by the GLC Coupé show car concept in spring 2015, and which serves as the standard for future SUV families. The dynamic design exudes emotional appeal while also employing purist forms.

The GLC only represents a departure from its progenitor — the G-Class — in terms of appearance, however. This vehicle clearly sets new benchmarks in all disciplines — the mid-size SUV’s off-road capabilities remain as outstanding as ever.

Compared with its predecessor, the new model is substantially more spacious for front and rear occupants alike. The increase in the GLC’s length compared with the previous model has been translated effectively into useful interior space. Almost all key comfort factors have been improved, above all the space on the rear bench.

Through the effective use of space and intelligent packaging, the engineers have also managed to increase the size of the luggage compartment substantially with a level load area and its attendant utility value.

The Germany car manufacturer has also gone an extra mile in upgrading the latest vehicle’s interior.

A modern setting prevails which is quite in keeping with the standard set by its bigger brother, the GLE. The GLC’s interior conjures up the feel-good atmosphere which is a brand hallmark courtesy of high-class materials featuring a hand-crafted character, such as nappa leather or open-pore wood trim, meticulously finished details and an appealing overall touch and feel.

A key focus of the totally new interior design is the dashboard and the centre console with its flowing lines, with a large, one-piece console panel performing an elegant sweep from the centre air vents to the armrest. The newly- developed, innovative touchpad in the handrest over the rotary pushbutton nestles ergonomically in the centre console.

As on a smartphone, this provides for very simple and intuitive operation of all the head-unit functions using finger gestures.

The touchpad also permits letters, numbers and special characters to be entered in handwriting — in any language supported by the Audio 20 or COMAND Online.

A centrally positioned media display is partially integrated above the centre console.

Mercedes-Benz has applied an extensive package of measures to enhance the GLC’s energy efficiency and performance substantially. Modified or new drive systems, outstanding aerodynamics and intelligent lightweight design are the primary factors behind the vehicle’s fuel efficiency.

The diesel and petrol models boast significant reductions of up to 19 percent in both fuel consumption and CO-emissions compared with the previous generation, while at the same time improving performance with the same power output.

For the first time in this segment, with the GLC 350 e 4MATIC Mercedes-Benz is additionally offering a plug-in hybrid which combines the merits of agile all-wheel drive with the lowest fuel consumption and emissions: the mid-size SUV emits only 60 grammes of CO per kilometre (provisional figure) and attains a top speed of 235 km/h with a best-in-class system output of 211 and 116 hp.

The semi-electric vehicle can cover up to 34 kilometres (provisional figure) in zero-emission all-electric mode, accelerating to 100 km/h in 5,9 seconds if necessary, courtesy of the boost function.

GLC’s new off-road engineering package comprises up to five programs. “Slippery” and four off-road driving programs are totally new here. “Off-road” is predestined for easy off-road terrain such as gravel or sand tracks.

“Incline” boosts climbing capabilities on steep ramps or long, slow uphill stretches.

In conjunction with air body control air suspension, the additional “Rocking Assist” program offers the last resort, should the vehicle get stuck.

Here the driving level is raised by 50 millimetres and the wheel-slip control thresholds are increased so as to enable the GLC to work its way free. The fourth off-road program, “Trailer”, is designed for optimum trailer towing in off-road terrain and facilitates moving off on wet grassland, for example.

For such a cool vehicle, which comes with a two-year warrant on an unlimited mileage, one is only expected to part with $102 000.

Until next week, drive safely!

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