Bringing Mercedes’ Crossover Coupe Count To Two!
“If BMW does it, so should we!” This has probably been the mantra at Mercedes-Benz ever since BMW created the X6 “Sports Activity Coupe”, or “SAC” back in 2008. Many years later Mercedes brought out the GLE coupe to fight the X6, but BMW had already created a smaller version of the X6 called the X4. Mercedes was ready this time with their smaller crossover coupe: the GLC coupe.
First introduced at the New York International Auto Show, the 2017 GLC Coupe showcases how Mercedes takes the approach of crossover coupe for their GLC. The differences between the GLC SUV and coupe stem from not just the sloping roofline as the GLC coupe receives a tiny rear-quarter window and restyled grille and tail.
In order to compete with the BMW X4, the GLC coupe version will have two trim levels. The first is the Mercedes-Benz GLC300 while the more performance-oriented version is christened the Mercedes-AMG GLC43.
A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is under the hood of the GLC300 producing 241 horsepower while the AMG GLC43 uses a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 sending out 362 horsepower. Either vehicle offers Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system and a nine-speed automatic transmission.
As with the regular GLC, the coupe version comes with many standard features such as Dynamic Select chassis mode, a backup camera, power liftgate, a 7.0-inch infotainment display, and a sunroof. You can upgrade the display to a massive 8.4-inch screen as well as add adaptive cruise control with steering assist, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, passive entry, and a head-up display. Since the GLC43 coupe is the sportier version of the GLC, it receives a sport-tuned suspension.
Don’t just go into your Mercedes dealership and put down a down payment just yet. Pricing has not been announced and the GLC coupe won’t be hitting the showroom floors until early 2017.