The new Mercedes GLC Coupe made its debut at the New York Auto Show

Back at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show, we saw the Mercedes GLC Coupe concept, which was designed as a preview of a future production model. Well, here we are a year later at the New York Auto Show, and we now have the production version of the GLC Coupe – essentially a coupe body with SUV suspension. The remarkable thing about the production model is that, aside from a few nips and tucks, it’s quite similar to the concept.

Gordon Wagner, the Head of Design for Daimler AG, said, “The GLC Coupe reflects our iconic Mercedes-Benz coupe design while symbolizing the diversity of our brand – it is both ’hot and cool’.” He continued, “With its design idiom of sensual purity, it perfectly embodies our styling philosophy while at the same time representing contemporary luxury.”

When the concept debuted last year, there were mixed opinions about it. Some said it was ugly, unpractical, and pointless, while others said it was beautiful and would be a welcomed addition to the Mercedes lineup. We’ll find out how well it’s publically accepted soon enough, but until then, let’s take a look at the GLC Coupe in production form and what it offers.

Updated 03/23/2016: Mercedes dropped the official details on the new GLC Coupe at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.

  • 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe
  • Year:
    2017
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  • Engine:
    inline-4(Est.)
  • Transmission:
    9G-TRONIC
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    241 (Est.)
  • 0-60 time:
    6.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    45000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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According to Mercedes, the GLC Coupe is both “dynamic and compact in appearance,” with an overall length of 186.2 inches, a height of 63 inches, and a wheelbase of 113 inches. When comparing to the GLC, it is 3.2-inches longer and 1.6-inches lower. In comparison to the concept, the GLC Coupe is nearly identical. The headlights are a little bit taller, but carry the same overall shape and design. The same diamond radiator grille is perched in front of the hood, featuring a single, floating louver with the Mercedes emblem in the middle. Down below, the corner vents in the fascia are a little bit smaller, but have the same general shape. The air dam is outlined with a chrome trim insert with black mesh in the background. The air dam and vent layout are the biggest changes between the concept and production model in the front.

When comparing to the GLC, it is 3.2-inches longer and 1.6-inches lower.

From the side, the vehicle resembles a sports coupe, despite the fact it sits high for a coupe. Here, the biggest change from the concept to the production model are the refined side view mirrors. The same beltline and lower body lines are carried over from the concept. The GLC Coupe can be equipped with large wheels that measure up to 21 inches, which sit flush with the body. The wheels shown in the images here are more refined versions of the wheels that debuted on the concept last year.

Moving to the rear, there are some significant changes to talk about. The taillights are a little taller and feature a thin line of LEDs in the center that serve as the reverse lights. The built-in lip on the deck lid is now more pronounced. Down below, the rear fascia has gone through a dramatic change. Where the dual exhaust outlets were on the concept is now a flat surface that has been clearly toned down for the production version. There is now a red reflector on each corner that sits above the slanted rectangular exhaust outlets on each corner. The area for the license plate is recessed into the fascia, and a chrome insert has been installed along the bottom of the fascia and around the exhaust outlets.

Exterior Dimensions

Length 186.2 Inches
Height 63 Inches
Wheelbase mm/in 113 Inches

Interior

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On the inside, we find a rather smooth dashboard. The lift on the driver’s side for the instrument cluster sits about an inch higher than the steering wheel, and there’s a single, circular vent in each corner of the dash. The interior offers a two-tone color scheme, with our images depicting a brown leather used on the upper portion of the dashboard as well as the upper portion of the door trim panels. There’s a lighter, vanilla-like color that takes up the lower dashboard, lower trim panels, and the rest of the upholstery.

The interior offers a two-tone color scheme, with our images depicting a brown leather used on the upper portion of the dashboard as well as the upper portion of the door trim panels

Another set of images shows the same dash layout with a dark gray appearance. In this configuration, the only contrasting color is the silver, diamond-quilted leather that makes up the center of the seats and the center of the door trim panels. There are also wood trim inserts on the doors separating the upper and lower portions, and on the center console and center stack. These inserts appear to be a silver color in the model equipped with the gray interior.

An optional Interior Sport Package is also available. On the AMG GLC43 variant, sport seats are included and come wrapped in MB-Tex man-made leather/DINAMICA microfiber, or they can be done up in Bi-Color leather upholstery similar to the images with the gray interior. In the GLC300, this package includes a flat-bottom steering wheel, rubber studded pedals, and AMG floor mats. The GLC300 is also available with Red MB-Tex upholstery as an option.

As you can see from the images, the instrument cluster features a two-gauge layout, with the speedo on the left and the tachometer on the right. In the middle, there is a small, TFT display screen that serves as a driver’s information center. Perched on top of the center stack is a semi-integrated infotainment display screen. Several buttons sit below the three central air vents, with a CD load area and audio control unit located just below that.

So far, we don’t have any shots of the rear seating area, but it’s safe to assume that it naturally takes on the same appointments as the front seating area. I expect the seats to fold down, offering access to the trunk from the interior and accommodating the transport of larger items. According to Mercedes, there are many options to choose from for the interior, so I wouldn’t be surprised if some models have additional tablet devices for rear seat passengers, or an integrated infotainment screen.

Drivetrain

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The GLC300 is powered by a four-cylinder engine that produces 241 horsepower. That power is sent to all four wheels via the standard 4Matic AWD system. A new compact transfer case is attached directly to the 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission. As of this writing, Mercedes has yet to release performance figures for the GLC300, so stay tuned for updates in that department.

A new compact transfer case is attached directly to the 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission

The GLC Coupe comes standard with an off-road suspension that includes Dynamic Select with multiple driving modes. There is Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Individual. As is the case with all Mercedes models equipped with Dynamic Select, Eco mode offers the best fuel economy at the cost of performance. Comfort relaxes the suspension and offers smoother shifting, while Sport and Sport+ naturally offer the best levels of performance, quicker shifting and more revs. In Individual mode, you can customize your driving experience to suit your needs.

Prices

Mercedes has yet to release pricing details for the new GLC Coupe. Pricing should be made available closer to its launch in early 2017. Considering it will compete against models like the BMW X4 and the Porsche Macan, expect pricing to start somewhere between $45,000 and $50,000.

Competition

BMW X4

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The GLC Coupe is a direct response to the BMW X4, so it’s only natural that the Bimmer is its key competitor. The BMW X4 has the same funky roofline as the GLC Coupe, and it comes standard with lots of premium goodies, such as the iDrive Controller, an LCD touchscreen, Active Cruise Control, and more.

Under the hood, the U.S.-spec X4 is available in two flavors: xDrive28i and xDrive35i. The xDrive28i makes use of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower, while the xDrive35i brings in a 3.0-liter six-cylinder that cranks out 300 horses.

The X4 xDrive28i starts out at $44,700, and the xDrive35i comes in at $48,000.

Read our full review on the 2015 BMW X4 here.

Porsche Macan

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Though the Porsche Macan doesn’t offer a coupe-like version (yet), it’s still a model that buyers considering upper-level versions of the GLC Coupe may consider. Like all Porsches, the Macan comes loaded to the gills with standard leather, a 4.8-inch color screen in the instrument cluster, a 16-speaker sound system, and more.

Under the hood, the U.S.-spec Macan is available in two states of tune. The Macan S features a 3.0-liter V-6 engine that puts out 340 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. The Macan Turbo also uses a 3.0-liter V-6, but it’s tuned to deliver 400 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Outside of the U.S., the Macan has a base 2.0-liter engine with 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque that would match up well against the base GLC-Class Coupe, but it remains unclear whether this engine will come to the U.S.

Porsche does put a premium on the Macan, as its base S model starts from $53,600 and the Turbo model starts at $73,900.

Click here to read our full review of the Porsche Macan

Conclusion

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It’s great that Mercedes managed to keep the production model as close to the concept as possible, and it’s about time that brand takes on the BMW X4. My biggest problem here is that auto manufacturers are polluting the market with so many different variations of vehicles. Now we have SUVs on coupe suspension, and Coupes on SUV suspension, along with your everyday cars and SUVs. It’s rather annoying, to be honest. As far as the GLC Coupe goes, I’m digging the interior. It’s nicely put together, it looks comfortable, and it’s quite luxurious, but all of that comes packed into the coupe body style. Because of the body style, the GLC Coupe, much like the BMW X4, looks quite awkward. That raked roof and the stylish rear end would look great if it didn’t sit so high in the air. All told, I’m in the group of people that dislike the model as a whole, but I can appreciate the effort Mercedes put into designing and creating the vehicle. If nothing else, I have to respect that it couldn’t let models like the BMW X4 go uncontested.

  • Leave it
    • * Limited cargo room and rear headroom
    • * Still a coupe on SUV suspension
    • * Looks awkward

Updated History

Updated 01/05/2016: Our spy photographers caught the production version of the upcoming GLC Coupe out for a new testing session. As you can see the car begins to remove its camouflage meaning that an official debut should happen shortly. Rumors suggest we will see it at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

Updated 04/08/2015: While all Mercedes dropped on the future GLC Coupe is a sketch that shows pretty much nothing, we decided to create a rendering of what we think the car will look like. We hope you like it.

Rendering

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Spy Shots

March 16, 2016 - Mercedes GLC Coupe looses more of its camouflage

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January 5, 2016 - Mercedes GLC Coupe out for a new testing session

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July 7, 2015 - Mercedes GLC Coupe caught testing in Germany

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Press Release

The dynamic and expressive styling of the GLC Coupe concept was the center of attention at its world premiere at the Shanghai Auto Show in Spring 2015. It unites the typical stylistic elements of a coupe with the design language of current SUV models. Just one year later, this promise has become a reality: the new GLC Coupe translates the design idiom of the show car, with its distinctive structure and stretched greenhouse, virtually unchanged into series production. At the same time, the sports car among Mercedes-Benz’s mid-size SUVs impresses with its brand-typical safety, modern assistance systems and an especially sporty-dynamic character. The standard sports suspension as well as more direct sports steering, DYNAMIC SELECT and 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive with 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission combine effortlessly superior ride comfort with decidedly sporty agility. AIR BODY CONTROL multi-chamber air suspension with continuously adjustable damping is optionally available, providing for enhanced driving dynamics and comfort.

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"The GLC Coupe reflects our iconic Mercedes-Benz coupe design while symbolizing the diversity of our brand – it is both ’hot and cool’," said 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."

The combination of a multifunctional SUV and an emotionally appealing coupe constitutes a skillful fusion of emotion and intelligence. With an exterior length of 186.2-inches, a height of 63-inches and a wheelbase of 113-inches, the GLC Coupe is both dynamic and compact in appearance. This makes the Coupe almost 3.2-inches longer and some 1.6-inches lower than the multi-talented GLC, with which it shares its basic architecture. The GLC Coupe owes its distinct character to a typically coupe-esque, single-louvered diamond radiator grille and a restyled, dropping roofline. The A-pillar is less steeply raked, while the continuation of the roof outline is lower, terminating in the elegantly flowing, muscular rear end typical of a coupe.

Perfect combination of design elements from two different worlds

The striking features of the front end are its dominant, steeply raked diamond radiator grille with single louver and integral star, short overhang and SUV-inspired override guard. The innovative headlamp concept, optionally in LED High Performance technology, sports the now characteristic Mercedes-Benz light signature. A striking injection of sports car genes is provided by the large lateral air inlets.

From the side, the 63-inch-high GLC Coupe, with its stretched roofline, resembles a sports coupe. The greenhouse blends in perfectly with the side of the vehicle to underline its coupe character. The interplay between high beltline and wide shoulders results in proportions that lend the GLC Coupe its dynamic looks. This interaction is given added emphasis by the drawn-in waist between the dropping line and the lower, rearwards contour.

A clear clue to the vehicle’s distinctive SUV heritage is given by the optionally available side running boards. Flush with the outer edge of the body, wide wheels up to a size of 21 inches together with ample ground clearance underpin the GLC Coupe’s sporty and dynamic ambitions on unpaved tracks and unsurfaced roads.

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Rear end with athletic looks

The styling of the rear end gives added emphasis to the vehicle’s coupe genes. With its pronounced shoulders, muscular bumper design with integral exhaust tips and under guard in the form of a diffuser, the wide rear end of the GLC Coupe underlines the vehicle’s athletic looks while enabling the Coupe to hug the road. Narrow, split tail lights, a centrally positioned brand star and a sharp spoiler lip reflect a design that made its debut with the S-Class Coupe and which all Mercedes-Benz coupe models have since followed. Relocated to the lower section of the bumper, the number plate as well as rear window with its rounded upper area are among the further stylistic features. Like the headlamps, the night design of the LED tail lights sports the light signature of Mercedes-Benz.

Interior with coupe flair and high-grade ambience

Following the exterior design philosophy, the interior welcomes the occupants with coupe flair and a high-grade ambience. The design idiom combines sensual purity with dynamic sportiness while embodying a convincing interpretation of modern luxury. Distinctive stylistic elements of the GLC Coupe are the dashboard and the center console with its flowing lines, a large, one-piece console panel making an elegant sweep below the semi-integrated media display from the center air vents to the armrest. These clear lines give a feeling of spaciousness while conveying a puristic modernity.

The optionally available Interior Sport Package provides a clear commitment to even greater dynamism and sportiness. On the AMG GLC43, this package includes, among other features, sports seats with upholstery in MB-Tex man-made leather/DINAMICA microfiber with the option of sports seats with Bi-Color leather upholstery. The GLC300 receives a flat-bottom steering wheel, rubber studded pedals and AMG floormats as part of the Interior Sport Package.

Cranberry Red MB-Tex upholstery is also available on the GLC300.

Sport program: DYNAMIC BODY CONTROL or AIR BODY CONTROL

The GLC300 4MATIC Coupe comes standard with an off-road suspension including DYNAMIC SELECT with the five transmission modes: ECO, COMFORT, SPORT, SPORT+ and INDIVIDUAL.

Uniquely in this market segment, the suspension can be equipped with fully supporting multi-chamber springing and electronically controlled, continuously adjustable damping. The AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension combines excellent driving stability and optimal comfort with sporty agility. Specific characteristics are preselected depending on the DYNAMIC SELECT settings. In Sport+ mode, the occupants feel as if they are sitting in a sports car with a high level of lateral dynamics due to the even stiffer suspension, which is lowered by 0.6-inches.
COMFORT mode ensures an especially comfortable ride with soft suspension. To guarantee maximum possible driving safety also in this mode, the spring/damper forces are instantaneously adjusted, for example in case of a sudden evasive maneuver. Further benefits of the system include reduced roll when cornering, automatic load sensing and lowering of the load compartment sill by 1.6-inches for more convenient loading and unloading.

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Another key parameter for the sporty characteristics of the GLC Coupe compared with the classic GLC SUV is the retuned steering system, which, with 15.1:1 (GLC: 16.1:1), offers a more direct steering ratio together with even sportier characteristics of the power assistance in the SPORT and SPORT+ modes.

Key parameters for high energy efficiency

The design has also bestowed superlative aerodynamics on the new GLC Coupe. Apart from the vehicle’s streamlined basic form, this exceptional aerodynamic performance also results from a host of detail solutions, such as sealing of the radiator and headlamp surrounds and optimized underbody paneling.

The GLC Coupe’s all-new body, which features an intelligent mix of materials, comprising aluminum and high- to ultra-high-strength steels, saves weight across the model lineup. Aluminum components additionally reduce the weight of the suspension, which also benefits ride comfort due to the attendant reduction in unsprung masses. The optional AIR BODY CONTROL multi-chamber air suspension features spring elements in lightweight yet robust glass-fiber-reinforced plastic, which reduce the system weight in comparison to conventional air suspensions.
The use of the new compact transfer case as an add-on module and the 9G- TRONIC with its magnesium transmission housing results in a 26 lb. weight reduction in comparison to the previous versions installed in other models.

Powerful and efficient: GLC300 and top-of-the-line Mercedes-AMG GLC43

The four-cylinder GLC300 4MATIC coupe is rated at 241 hp. For dynamically- minded coupe fans, the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe is the right choice: this powerful top-of-the-line model comes with perfect on-road performance, dynamic styling and an attractive equipment package. The 3.0-liter V6 Biturbo engine puts out 362 hp, accelerating the coupe to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. The GLC300 comes standard with 4MATIC all-wheel drive, and all variants of the GLC Coupe, including the AMG GLC43, are equipped with 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission.

Equipment configuration: comprehensive and individual

The new GLC Coupe impresses even in its basic equipment configuration, which includes light-alloy wheels of 19-inch diameter, the Chrome package with visible exhaust tips, EASY-PACK tailgate, Audio 20 CD multimedia system, reversing camera, KEYLESS-START function and upholstery in MB-Tex man-made leather.

Also included as standard are assistance systems such as Active Brake Assist (previously known as COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS), Crosswind Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST and ESP® among others. Comfort and safety can be further enhanced by additional driver assistance systems.

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Mercedes-Benz also offers a wide selection of optional packages for its new SUV coupe. Customers can choose between Interior and Exterior Sport Package and Night package. A highlight in terms of both looks and driving dynamics is provided by optional AMG light-alloy wheels of 19-inch or 20-inch diameter with mixed tires on the GLC43. The attractive light-alloy wheels are available in numerous design variants. An optional sport exhaust system makes for a more dynamic engine sound.

Protection in an emergency

In keeping with the Mercedes-Benz tradition, the body forms the foundation for exemplary crash safety. A high-strength safety passenger compartment forms the core of this concept. It is surrounded by specially designed and crash-tested deformation zones, which ensure the best possible occupant safety.

In addition to 3-point safety belts with pyrotechnical and reversible belt tensioning and belt-force limitation for driver, front passenger and those in the outer rear seats, numerous airbags serve to protect the vehicle’s occupants in an accident. These include combined thorax/pelvis sidebags for driver and front passenger and an optimized windowbag extending over both seat rows, optional sidebags for the outer rear seats and a driver kneebag.

The GLC300 4MATIC Coupe and AMG GLC43 Coupe will go on sale by early 2017.

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