After appearing in a local dealership a few days prior, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has now officially launched a new variant of the GLC – the locally-assembled GLC 200 Exclusive, which joins the existing GLC 250 4Matic AMG Line and AMG GLC 43 4Matic.

Priced at RM288,888 (on-the-road without insurance), the GLC 200 is RM37,000 less than the GLC 250 4Matic, and RM250,000 cheaper than the performance-oriented GLC 43 4Matic. With Agility Financing, the GLC 200 can be had for RM2,888 per month, based on a three-year tenure, 20,000 km mileage per annum and downpayment of 20.34%.

Under the hood, you’ll find the familiar M274 DE 20 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which is paired with a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission. However, the powerplant in the GLC 200 churns out 184 hp at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm of torque at 1,200-4,000 rpm, compared to the 211 hp and 350 Nm you get from the GLC 250 4Matic.

As a result, the 0-100 km/h sprint now takes 8.7 seconds, on to a top speed of 210 km/h, compared to 7.3 seconds and 222 km/h for the GLC 250 4Matic. As you can probably tell from the variant name, the brand’s 4Matic all-wheel drive system is absent here, so drive goes exclusively to the rear wheels. The new variant also gets a slightly taller ride height compared to the GLC 250 4Matic.

Aside from the lower engine output, the GLC 200 also does without the AMG Line styling kit found on the GLC 250 4Matic (it gets the Off-Road exterior and Exterior Chrome package instead). Other exterior distinctions include 19-inch five-spoke wheels (with 235/55 series tyres) that are smaller than the GLC 250 4Matic’s 20-inch AMG multispoke units, as well as LED high performance headlights instead of Intelligent Light System units.

On the inside of the Exclusive Line interior, an Audio 20 CD infotainment system is still present, as is the seven-inch, freestanding display on the dashboard. However, a 13-speaker 590 W sound system is no longer paired with it, and the GLC 200 also receives lighter wood trim.

Unlike the GLC 250 4Matic, the new variant also comes with a conventional three-spoke steering wheel instead of a flat-bottomed one. The more accessible price tag also means the perforated front disc brakes, panoramic sunroof, surround view camera and keyless entry are removed as well (keyless start is still present – the button was removed in the car shown here).

Standard kit includes brown, white or black Artico leather upholstery, leather dash (with contrast topstitching in three colours), three leather seat colours (white, black and brown), a reverse camera, Thermotronic triple-zone automatic climate control, powered front seats (with lumbar support but without memory function), rear air-con vents, Parking Pilot with Parktronic, powered liftgate and rear sunblinds.

For more information and specs of the GLC range, head on over to CarBase.my.

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