It was inevitable. All the signs were there, with a nearly production-ready concept bowing at the 2015 Shanghai auto show, multiple camouflaged mules spied out for testing, and host of teasers. Finally, at the 2016 New York auto show, the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe makes its official debut.
The GLC Coupe joins the ranks of “active” SUVs and crossovers like the BMW X6, X4, and the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, where style takes precedence over substance and usability. Built on the bones of the regular GLC crossover, the GLC Coupe adds a rakish profile and a good deal of length to the already shapely SUV.
With the sleeker profile, the GLC Coupe adds an additional 3.2 inches to the overall length versus the regular GLC, while dropping the overall height down by 1.6 inches. Like the other active-lifestyle SUVs, the GLC Coupe approaches style with the same pulled-back, stretched-face appearance as the larger Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe that debuted last year. Despite the new body, mechanical changes are slight between the GLC and GLC Coupe. While the overall height dropped 1.6 inches, the ride height itself is lowered just 0.6 inches from GLC to GLC Coupe. Mercedes retuned the steering rack for a quicker and more direct response on the GLC Coupe as well, in keeping with its sportier design.
Underneath the swept-back skin lies the same tried-and-true powertrains purloined from the regular GLC. Two flavors of the GLC Coupe will be offered at first, with a different powerplant in both. In the regular GLC300 4Matic Coupe, power comes from Mercedes’ ubiquitous 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, pushing out 241 hp and a prodigious 273 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Hop up to the hotter Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe, and the engine grows in size to a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6. It sends 362 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque through the same nine-speed automatic gearbox to all four wheels. The only performance figures provided is a sub five-second sprint to 60 mph.
Mercedes has yet to release official pricing figures, but expect it to carry a moderate premium over the regular GLC. The 2017 Mercedes-Ben GLC Coupe goes on sale early 2017.