You can now buy a less practical but arguably more interesting GLC.
Nearly 10 months after launching the Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV, the German brand is now introducing the all-new GLC Coupe.
As you can see, Mercedes followed the same design recipe as before, with the coupe using the same front end as the SUV, with a raked rear. It borrows some style elements from the GLE Coupe, as well as some of Merc's flatter sports car products like the new SL. The taillights are connected by black and red elements, meant to accentuate the width of the vehicle. High-performance LED headlights are standard, while projection lights are an optional extra.
The AMG Line package will be standard fitment in the USA, which means 19-inch wheels are standard, while 20s are optional. A large panoramic sunroof is also standard. To further enhance the exterior, a Night package and various standalone accessories will be available.
While the GLC Coupe's odd side profile has grown on us over the years, we're not big fans of the faux dual exhaust outlets, especially since it's so easy to spot the genuine exhausts peeping out underneath.
The interior is more driver-centric than the outgoing model. Merc has angled the 11.9-inch central display slightly toward the driver. It also rises from the center console underneath to make it appear as if it is floating. Like the C-Class and GLC SUV, the upper section of the dashboard has a wing-like profile with flattened vent outlets. The highlight for the driver is a 12.3-inch driver display, which we know from experience is a pleasure to work with.
The dashboard is trimmed in a Nappa-look leather as standard, while multiple trim options and seat colors are available. Available trim elements include Natural Grain Walnut, Fineline Anthracite, and Natural Grain Black with Aluminum inlays.
Thanks to increased dimensions, the GLC Coupe is more practical than before. The trunk space behind the second row is 19.2 cubic feet (up from 17.6 cubes). A power tailgate is also standard and can be operated from a switch in the trunk, a button on the driver's door, or the keyfob.
As with the GLC SUV, Mercedes-Benz added more luxury features as standard, and the extras that most customers previously added to their vehicles have been bundled together in packages.
Standard items on the one model include the latest MBUX infotainment system, wireless charging, heated seats for the driver and passengers, and a Burmester 3D surround sound system with sound personalization and music streaming.
A 360-degree camera is standard, unlocking features like active parking assist, which can park the vehicle autonomously in a parallel or perpendicular space. The "transparent hood" feature is also standard, also making self-parking easier than before.
As always, the advanced driving assistance features are optional. The new Driver Assistance Package includes adaptive cruise control, active brake assistance that can detect imminent collisions with crossing or oncoming traffic or rear-end collisions, active steering assist with lane detection, and traffic sign assist that can now recognize stop signs and red lights.
For now, only the GLC 300 4Matic is available. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot is mated to a 48-volt mild-hybrid system and a second-generation integrated starter motor. The updated powertrain delivers the same 255 horsepower as before, but torque has been increased from 273 lb-ft of torque to 295 lb-ft. Also new is the output boost, which is available for short periods. The boost adds 23 hp and 148 lb-ft, taking the combined power output to 273 hp and 443 lb-ft. It will reach 60 mph in 6.2 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph.
This new boost system should make overtaking on the freeway or rural roads much easier, further enhancing the GLC's grand touring abilities.
According to Mercedes, it should be useful off-road as well. Engage off-road mode, and the driver display will provide information like gradient, topographical altitude, geo-coordinates, a compass, engine speed, and vehicle speed. The central display will show the position of the front wheels or the previously mentioned transparent hood so the driver can avoid sharp rocks.
Unlike the new GLC SUV, Mercedes-Benz has not yet provided pricing for the GLC Coupe. The previous-generation model carried a roughly $7,000 premium over and above the SUV, and we expect the same to be true here. The new GLC SUV is a lot more expensive due to the additional standard kit. A top-spec GLC SUV with the same engine and all-wheel-drive retails for $53,450, not including the $1,150 destination fee. Therefore, we expect the GLC Coupe to retail for roughly $60,000, give or take a few dollars.
Naturally, faster models are in the pipeline. Our car paparazzi already snapped what we assume will be the GLC 43 if Merc retains the current naming structure. It's expected to use the M139L turbocharged four-pot that produces 402 hp and 369 lb-ft. The GLC 63 has also been snapped, and it will likely use the controversion plug-in hybrid four-cylinder powertrain producing 670 hp.
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