The Mercedes GLC, successor to the Mercedes GLK, was introduced in June this year and entered production first at the Bremen plant in Germany in July. Production expanded to China in October. Now the company has announced that the GLC will be made in Finland starting in 2017.
For the Finnish production, the company will use contract manufacturing. Valmet Automotive will make the Mercedes C-Class equivalent compact crossover at its plant in Uusikaupunki. The same company has been producing additional volumes of the Mercedes A-Class since 2013. The GLC is expected to have a very strong demand, much higher than its predecessor, mainly because of the introduction of right-hand drive version which goes on sale in December 2015. Markets like Australia, UK, South Africa, Japan and India will account for the additional demand.
The Mercedes GLC range includes three models in Germany:
- Mercedes GLC 220 d 4MATIC comes with a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that produces 125 kW (170 PS/168 hp) and 400 Nm of torque. It does 0-100 km/h in 8.3 seconds and tops out at 210 km/h.
- Mercedes GLC 250 d 4MATIC comes with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that produces 150 kW (204 PS/202 hp) and 500 Nm of torque. It does 0-100 km/h in 7.6 seconds and tops out at 222 km/h.
- Mercedes GLC 250 4MATIC comes with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 155 kW (211 PS/208 hp) and 350 Nm of torque. It can reach 0-100 km/h in 7.3 seconds and hit a top speed of 222 km/h.
In the U.S. market, two models will be available initially – GLC 300 and GLC 300 4MATIC. Both models will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 241 hp and 273 lb.-ft. (370 Nm) of torque. The main technical difference between the two models is drivetrain layout, with the former being offered with rear-wheel drive and the latter being offered with all-wheel drive.