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It seems that, fresh from making its ASEAN debut at the 2015 Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS), the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is making its way to Malaysia, and soon – the crossover has been listed on our sister classifieds site as a pre-launch vehicle, with order books now open for the BMW X3 rival.

As with the C-Class on which it’s based, the GLC will be offered in GLC 200 and GLC 250 variants, according to the copy. As such, both will be powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, but in different states of tune – 184 hp/300 Nm on the GLC 200 and 211 hp/350 Nm on the GLC 250. Unlike their sedan counterparts, however, both are matched to a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission.

The ad also lists a price of RM320,000, although the ad copy states a ballpark figure of between RM300,000 and RM350,000. Does this mean that the range will consist of an RM300k GLC 200 and an RM350k GLC 250, or will the range start at RM320k and move up from there?

For comparison, the BMW X3 xDrive20i is priced at RM325,800, while the Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI retails at RM324,900; both prices are on-the-road excluding insurance. Do note, however, that the Audi is the more powerful of the three, putting out 225 hp.

Mercedes is throwing its hat into this segment for the first time with the GLC, at least in right-hand drive markets. Yes, before this existed the GLK, but it was only available in left-hand drive and therefore unable to partake in a lucrative slice of the local market, hitherto dominated by the X3 and Q5.

Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 at IIMS 2015