Mercedes-Benz broadens GLC lineup with Coupe variant
After debuting at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show as a concept vehicle, Mercedes-Benz officially revealed the production version of the GLC Coupe at this year's New York International Auto Show. Considered by the automaker as the 'sports car among Mercedes-Benz's midsize SUVs,' it features sleek exterior styling that is paired to a sporty powertrain.
“The GLC Coupe reflects our iconic Mercedes-Benz coupe design while symbolizing the diversity of our brand – it is both 'hot and cool'. With its design idiom of sensual purity, it perfectly embodies our styling philosophy while at the same time representing contemporary luxury,” said Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG.
Immediately apparent is the car's coupe-inspired design. The side profile features a stretched roofline which resembles a sports coupe according to Mercedes-Benz. It has a distinct character line and a sweeping shoulder line that further highlight the GLC Coupe's shape.
Up front, is the signature diamond radiator grill along with a sporty front bumper that has additional air intakes and an air dam. The headlights, on the other hand, can be fitted with LED illumination. Over to the rear, wraparound LED taillights adorn the rear quarter panels, while a muscular rear bumper with integrated dual exhaust pipes and diffuser deliver additional aerodynamics.
Stepping inside, leather upholstery, soft-touch trim and the large one-piece center console display deliver 'coupe flair and high-grade ambiance' according to Mercedes-Benz. Features standard on the GLC Coupe include: multi-information display, multifunction steering wheel, automatic climate control and Comand Infotainment as such. When fitted with the optional Sport Package, the GLC Coupe will get sporty front seats upholstered in both leather and Dinamica.
Providing power for the GLC300 Coupe is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that delivers 244 PS and 370 Nm of torque. It is then mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox. For those that prefer for power, there is the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 available on the GLC43 AMG. It produces 367 PS along with a torque pull of 520 Nm. Like the GLC300, it is also connected to a 9-speed automatic transmission which allows it to sprint from 0 – 97 km/h in 5 seconds. All models come standard with the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.
Apart from the powertrain choices, the GLC Coupe also has an off-road suspension suspension with Dynamic Select and five-transmission modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual. Also available is the Air Body Control which allows for either a softer or more engaging drive.
It is set to go on sale by early 2017.