The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe will be positioned between standard GLC and GLE; could be initially offered with petrol engine
Mercedes-Benz showcased its latest GLC Coupe at the New York International Auto Show last year. Built on the same Mercedes Benz C-Class derived platform like the GLC, this car is a blend between a coupe and a SUV. Based on the GLC model, the SUV-coupe comes 74 mm longer and 39 mm wider than its standard sibling. First showcased at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show as a concept model, this car sports an aggressive appearance.
The front fascia looks aggressive and purposeful. It sports sleek headlamp cluster along with integrated LED daytime running lights, muscular front grille, larger air intake at the lower fascia and dual air dams on both sides. The coupe roofline is the most interesting characteristics of this SUV and explains why it arises a new niche segment. As the swooping roofline runs towards the rear, occupants will get less headroom inside, and the luggage space will be reduced as well. Dimensionally, the GLC coupe stands with 4730 mm of length, 1600 mm of height and has a wheelbase of 2870 mm.
But its main characteristic is providing a driving experience like a coupe as well. The interior is crafted nicely and gets multifunction steering wheel, dual-pod instrument cluster with a digital display, sleek touchscreen panel comes complementing the premium leather wrapped dashboard. The centre console and door trims get wood elements while the upholstery is made of plush leather. It gets an audio 20 CD multimedia system, reverse camera, Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Crosswind Assist, Headlamp Assist, Attention Assist and ESP with Dynamic Cornering Assist.
In the European market, the engine options for this car include a 168 bhp four cylinder engine for the GLC 220d, a 201 bhp GLC 250d 4MATIC, a 208 bhp four cylinder petrol for GLC 250 4MATIC, a 2.0 litre 316 bhp hybrid powertrain for the GLC 350 e 4MATIC coupe and a 3.0 litre twin turbo petrol unit under the hood of GLC 43 AMG. The GLC coupe comes with five selectable drive modes such as Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual as standard.
This car gets sports suspension, dynamic body control, steel springing and adjustable damping, some features are as optional although. Once launched, this car will lock horn with the BMW X4, Jaguar F-Pace and Porsche Macan. The GLC Coupe might share the 2.0-litre petrol and 2.1-litre diesel engines with standard GLC SUV. Likely to be offered initially with the petrol model boasting GLC 300 badge and an AMG version with 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 could join later.