Mercedes-Benz GLC by Brabus Is Tuning Done Right

4 months ago - 21 December 2023, autoevolution
Mercedes-Benz GLC by Brabus Is Tuning Done Right
Mercedes launched the second generation GLC in 2022. It builds on the success of its predecessor and continues to take on other premium compact crossovers, including the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Porsche Macan, and Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

Offered with multiple powertrain options depending on where it is sold, the X254 generation Mercedes-Benz GLC has just popped up on Brabus' radar in the 300 configuration. This means it packs the 2.0L turbo-four, making 258 hp (262 ps/192 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque, assisted by a mild-hybrid system.

To improve the output and thrust, Brabus gave it its PowerXtra B30-300 performance kit. It consists of special turbos and new engine software. The result is 296 hp (300 ps/221 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque, dropping the 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) by two-tenths of a second to six seconds flat. The top speed has increased from 149 to 153 mph (240-246 kph).

Save for the large Brabus logo replacing the three-pointed star's emblem on the grille and on the tailgate, you may not be able to tell what the famous tuner has done to this Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 visually. However, it comes with various attachments at the front and rear, including an apron and a diffuser, as well as a new rear spoiler said to improve the car's stability at high speeds.

The crossover rides on new alloys, 22 inches in diameter, and features a few special touches on the inside, too. Here, Brabus gave it new entry sills, aluminum pedal pads, and floor and trunk mats. The tuner has additional goodies in store for the latest generation GLC, which can receive new upholstery in various hues, complete with contrast stitching.

Of course, it's going to cost a lot more to give it a custom interior, and they haven't said how much interested parties have to fork out for the aforementioned interior and exterior upgrades, wheels, and power boost. Still, this is Brabus we're talking about, and their projects tend to cost a lot of money, so you know it's not on the affordable side, don't you?

Speaking of prices, a new GLC 300 will set you back $47,100 in the United States. This is the MSRP, and it excludes the destination charge and dealer fees. For the 4Matic version, which is all-wheel drive in Mercedes slang, the MSRP jumps by $2,000 to $49,100.

On the other side of the pond, the brand's premium compact crossover starts at €59,809.40 (equal to $65,153) in its home market and can be ordered with additional powertrains. And if you forgot, the GLC Coupe lives on, too, targeting those who favor style over substance with an MSRP of $54,700 in the 300 4Matic configuration stateside.

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