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The locally-assembled Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 4Matic was launched in August, but this is the first time we’re getting a closer look at the made-in-Pekan SUV. The car gets a slight price drop over the fully-imported (CBU) model, along with a similarly minimal increase in kit.

Available in a single AMG Line spec, the SKD model (MBM pricelists call it CKD for now) is priced at RM325,888 on-the-road without insurance, exactly the same price as the CBU GLC 250 Exclusive and RM3,000 less than the imported AMG Line. Included is a four-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

On the outside, the SKD model is identical to the current AMG Line model, coming in with the full AMG kit – including more aggressive front and rear bumpers, twin exhaust exits, and protective skid plates. Also fitted are LED Intelligent headlights, LED tail lights, side steps, and 20-inch AMG multispoke alloy wheels. An AMG sports suspension system is included, lowering the ride height by 15 mm.

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The inside is mostly similar, with an AMG interior styling package throwing in Artico faux leather, open-pore black ash wood trim and an AMG flat-bottomed three-spoke multifunction steering wheel. There’s also keyless entry, a panoramic sliding sunroof, Thermotronic triple-zone automatic climate control, Active Parking Assist, rear side window roller blinds and a powered tailgate with Hands-Free Access.

Elsewhere, a 13-speaker Burmeister 590 W sound system connected to the basic Audio 20 CD infotainment system, a seven-inch display, a 360-degree camera system and a Garmin Map Pilot navigation system.

So what does it get compared to the CBU? New additions are a touchpad and palm rest above the COMAND controller on the transmission tunnel, a storage package, ambient lighting, illuminated door sill plates and puddle lighting that projects the Mercedes emblem onto the ground.

Safety kit is comprehensive and includes seven airbags (including one for the driver’s knee), Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Crosswind Assist, Attention Assist and Pre-Safe system.

The mechanicals have been left unchanged, so under the bonnet sits a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, producing 211 hp at 5,500 rpm and 350 Nm of torque from 1,200 to 4,000 rpm. It’s mated to a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission that sends power through a 4Matic all-wheel drive system.

Zero to 100 km/h is dispatched in 7.3 seconds, and the GLC 250 will go on to a top speed of 222 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated between 6.5 and 7.1 litres per 100 km on the European NEDC cycle. Browse full specifications and equipment of the Mercedes-Benz GLC on CarBase.my.