New Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe For Those Who Place Style Over Substance And Practicality

Where Acura failed miserably with the ZDX, Germany’s premium brands are thriving, with Mercedes being the latest to expand its coupe crossover offerings with the New York Auto Show-bound GLC Coupe.

The production version of last year’s GLC Coupé concept sets its sights not only on BMW’s X4, but the similarly stylish Porsche Macan and Jaguar F-Pace SUVs.

Based on the conventional-bodied GLC, the GLC Coupe imitates the styling of the larger GLE Coupe featuring the same sloping roofline that finishes off with a large liftback tailgate.

“The GLC Coupé reflects our iconic Mercedes-Benz coupé design while symbolizing the bipolarity of our brand – it is ‘hot and cool’,” commented Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG. “With its design idiom of sensual purity, it perfectly embodies our styling philosophy while at the same time representing contemporary luxury.”

With an exterior length of 4,730mm and a height of 1,600mm, the GLC Coupe is 74mm longer, but 39mm lower than the regular GLC, while sharing the same wheelbase at 2,870mm.

Mercedes claims that entrance height, shoulder room, elbow room and legroom are all on the same level with the GLC, but don’t expect the Coupe to offer the same headroom, while luggage capacity is down by 59 liters to 491 liters, rising to 1,205 liters with the 40/20/40 split rear seat folded flat.

The GLC Coupe will come as standard with a sports suspension that includes the DYNAMIC SELECT system with five transmission modes ECO, COMFORT, SPORT, SPORT+ and INDIVIDUAL, along with a more direct steering ratio (15.1:1) than the GLC (16.1:1).

Two suspension variants with continuously adjustable damping, the new DYNAMIC BODY CONTROL with steel springing and the AIR BODY CONTROL multi-chamber air suspension, will be optionally available.

North America gets only two version of the crossover, the 241hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline GLC300 4MATIC, and the 362hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 gasoline GLC43 AMG 4MATIC that reaches 60mph in less than 5 seconds. Both models are equipped with a standard 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission and are expected to go on sale in the US in early 2017.

Europe will get a greater variety of engines, as customers will eventually be able to choose from eight variants, including the four-cylinder diesel 170PS (168hp) GLC 220d and 204PS (201hp) GLC 250d 4MATIC, the four-cylinder petrol 211PS (208hp) GLC 250 4MATIC, the 2.0L petrol-electric hybrid GLC 350 e 4MATIC Coupé with 320PS (316hp), and the aforementioned GLC 43 AMG.

A GLC 63 AMG powered by the C63 AMG’s twin-turbocharged V8 producing up to 510PS (503hp) will join the range later on.

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  • Leonard Schreiman

    Style over substance? That’s a relative term I guess. Hardly a looker in the world of crossover coupes. Too bad Mazda doesn’t think we in the West deserve a piece of the new CX-4 action. Now that’s style with some substance thrown in. 50K GLC or 25K CX-4. You be the judge.

    • Matt

      The CX-4 image you’re comparing with is a render of the concept, with flush door handles and surfacing that is enhanced by the fact it’s a render.

      Clearly you haven’t seen the production version, which looks exactly like a jacked-up Mazda 3 and looks cheap like all Mazda’s do.

      • Leonard Schreiman

        Clearly, I have seen the production version and it is far closer to the looks of the concept than you would suggest. A jacked up Mazda 3? Not quite. For one thing it’s 10 inches longer than a 3 Hatch and much sleeker in style. The black car shown does indeed give the impression of a jacked up 3, but a view of the profile makes it look much different. My point is not that the CX-4 is necessarily competitive with a M GLC, simply that a stylish crossover coupe can be made at a reasonable price and the GLC’s looks don’t warrant the expense of the vehicle.

    • Kash

      I wouldn’t even cross shop the GLC and CX4. the CX4 is more Macan style than X4 style. Does it have a sloped roof at the rear? Yeah, kinda. It’s not really a coupe SUV, it’s a sleekly styled SUV at best, but like Matt said under me, it’s a jacked up Mazda 3 hatchback at best. Also, the CX4 is a China exclusive.

    • NG212

      Since we’re comparing concepts, rather than production vehicle to production vehicle.

  • Kash

    Give me a GLC43 version and I’m down. After my GLE450 got stolen I’ve been waiting for this to come out to replace it.

    • TheHake

      I would love the GLC43, but the consumption on my commute would kill me. I’ll just take the GLC250d. But there is a waiting list of more than a year on that.

      • Kash

        Meh. I have a G63 so almost everything is better in fuel. Lol. I mean I’m waiting for the V90 to be my greener car. America also won’t get the 250d. Canada might, they’re getting the C220d wagon and America isn’t.

        • TheHake

          My commute is around 170 km’s per day. With a V6 petrol engine, @ €1.40 per liter of petrol, it will be cheaper for me to just not go to work… 🙂 Then again, with my income I can’t even come close to affording a G63!

          • Kash

            lol. i was there at one point in time. sucks but i just had to FITFO.

          • TheHake

            Nah. I’ve had a new Land Cruiser. But working 55 hours a week sucked. Now I actually get to spend time with my daughter. Have breakfast with my wife and daughter every morning!

          • Kash

            Lol. My husband works 40-50 hours a week depending on the time of year, but usually they extra 10 or so hours he does from home. Then I can work anywhere from 20-100 hours depending on the client. I work off commission and I’m self employed. We do lunch together almost every day, we get up around the same time even though I don’t always leave with him. And we text constantly and send selfies galore. Yeah we work a lot of hours but we make time for each other even while working. It’s just about making time. We also don’t have kids yet, another reason we’re working so much right now, we’re working to save up so when we have kids we can both cut back to less hours.

  • Phi G

    Looks better executed than the GLE coupe imo

  • GreenApple18r

    Original GLC has more style imo.

    • Kash

      Did you mean the GLK or the non coupe version of the GLC?

      • GreenApple18r

        Non coupe version of GLC. Had I been referring to the first generation, I would have simply said “GLK” instead of “original GLC”.

        • Kash

          Wasn’t sure, hence why i asked.

  • Yalchin

    Much better resolved than the GLE in my opinion. I thought bigger proportions on the GLE would lead to a more coupe like roofline, but strangely enough MB have managed to get it right with this smaller sibling. The GLE looks bubbly compared to this. I won’t even compare this to the ugly X4.

  • TheHake

    Are they so embarrassed with the lack of rear head and leg room that they don’t even have a photo of what it looks like back there???

    • Kash

      considering the GLE is much comfier in the back than the X6 I don’t see why it wouldn’t be a similar story with this and the X4. And there’s only like one good interior shot in this entire gallery while the rest are all closeups of interior details. Mercedes doesn’t seem to be giving out many photos lately. Look at the C63 cabrio and GLC43 galleries, they’re both oddly small.

  • javier

    i like it

  • fabri99

    They need to stop with this trend of melted rear-ends.

  • JohnQ

    I’m a fan. Like the styling and interior. Good rival to the X4.

  • roy

    better than gle and x4