Mercedes Takes Aim At BMW X4 With All-New GLC Coupe

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Mercedes unveils GLC Coupe in New York, claims it symbolizes "the bipolarity of our brand." They actually said that.

If you thought (or hoped) the four-door SUV coupe would remain nothing more than a fad, we're afraid mainstream automakers have other ideas. Unveiled today at the 2016 New York Auto Show, the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe proves this segment is going nowhere. Compared to the bright yellow Concept GLC Coupe that acted as a precursor to the production model, the GLC Coupe hasn't changed a hell of a lot.

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Spun off the C-Class sedan, Mercedes claims the GLC Coupe is a "sports car among Mercedes-Benz's mid-size SUVs." Glad it cleared that up. The standard GLC-Class provides the face, while the curvaceous rear end comes from its bigger brother GLE Coupe's playbook. Taking aim squarely at the BMW X4, the svelte wraparound taillights, inspired by the S-Class Coupe and topped with chrome strips, give the GLC Coupe the slight edge in the looks department and interior quality. However, like its Teutonic rival, practicality remains in the toilet.

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Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbo-four rated at 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, while the GLC43 comes packing a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 good for 362 hp and 384 lb-ft and the ability to hit 62 mph in less than five seconds. Like the stock GLC, power is sent to the tarmac via Merc's 9G-tronic automatic and 4Matic all-wheel drive. Steel springs and adaptive dampers come as standard with optional full air suspension. Look for the GLC Coupe to hit dealerships in early 2017.

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