Just five months after the model’s local debut, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has now unveiled the locally-assembled CKD 2023 GLC 300 4Matic, bringing along with it a mildly revised specification sheet, and a massive RM51k reduction in price – now starting from RM378,888 on-the-road, without insurance.
The price drop did not result in a reduction in standard equipment. In fact, the new CKD 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic actually gained a few additional creature comforts, including a panoramic sunroof and a hands-free powered tailgate, making it a much stronger value proposition than the fully-imported model.
Otherwise, though, the rest of the car is pretty much identical to the outgoing CBU model, save for the fact that it’s now built in Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s production facility in Pekan, Pahang.
On the outside, the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic comes equipped with the AMG Line bodystyling as standard here in Malaysia, consisting of the AMG-specific front and rear bumpers, chrome trimmings, aluminium-look running boards, as well as the 20-inch AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels.
Other standard equipment on the outside include the Digital Lights matrix headlights with Adaptive Highbeam Assist, full LED tail lights, polished aluminium roof rails, as well as underbody protection, finished in chrome.
Inside the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic, you’ll find a pair of screens measuring 12.3-inch for the digital instrument cluster and 11.9-inch for the portrait-oriented centre infotainment display – the latter features a built-in navigation system with Augmented Reality display, as well as a unique off-road camera system that lets you “see through” the bonnet.
The seats are wrapped in Artico man-made leather upholstery, and thanks to the AMG Line appointments, you also get the Nappa leather-wrapped AMG Line twin-spoke steering wheel, aluminium pedals, as well as the faux carbon fibre interior trims on the dashboard and centre console.
The aforementioned panoramic sunroof and hands-free tailgate access now pair nicely with the other premium niceties on the inside, including the 15-speaker Burmester 3D surround sound system, wireless charger, and 64-colour ambient lighting.
As for safety, the advanced driver assistance kit remains unchanged from before, which means there’s unfortunately still no adaptive cruise control on the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic here in Malaysia. The kit list includes blind spot monitor, active lane keeping assist, active brake assist, as well as Active Parking Assist with Parktronic system.
The locally-assembled CKD 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic continues to be powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 258 hp and 400 Nm, augmented with a 48V mild-hybrid system that provides an additional 23 hp and 200 Nm in short bursts when needed.
Drive is sent to all-four wheels via the marque’s 4Matic all-wheel drive system and a nine-speed automatic gearbox. With everything at full pelt, the best-selling Mercedes-Benz SUV can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6.2 seconds, onward to a top speed of 240 km/h.