The German automaker has decided to deliver the second representative in the growing crossover-coupe segment, cheap the more compact GLC Coupe to joint its bigger brother the GLE Coupe.
The model will feature its worldwide public premiere in just a few hours from now during the New York International Auto Show and comes to bring heat on BMW’s X4. It adopts the design lines previewed by the GLC Coupe Concept introduced in Shanghai last year but also adopts the basic structure of the regular GLC. Of course the GLC Coupe adds a distinctive greenhouse and differs from the compact SUV in adopting as standard a sports suspension and more direct sports steering. While the front is identical to the GLC, from the A pillar things change and the 1.60-metre-high GLC Coupe adopts a stretched roofline, called by the automaker “typical of a sports coupe”. We’re not going to argue on that but we can see with our own eyes the back seat isn’t tailored anymore for tall persons and the trunk has shrunk in size compared to the GLC – though it’s able to beat the BMW X4 with the 491 liters (17.3 cu ft) capacity.
The powertrain options total eight variants, with the Mercedes-AMG sitting on top, obviously. Depending on the market they won’t all be available but the base option is represented by the GLC 220 d and GLC 250 d 4MATIC Coupe with 170 and 204 hp and the four-cylinder petrol engined GLC 250 4MATIC coupe packing 211 hp. The market launch is scheduled for this fall – in Europe first most likely – with these options and more engines will follow swiftly. There’s also the GLC 350 e 4MATIC Coupe which ads a plug-in hybrid powertrain for some eco AWD experience – it packs 320 hp and can go on electric power alone for 30 kilometers. The top of the range for now is represented by the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe with its V6 biturbo engine outputting 367 hp and enabling an acceleration of no more than 5 seconds to 62 mph (100 km/h).