New York Auto Show LIVE: Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe [video] image

After officially taken the online wraps off the GLC Coupe just hours ahead of the actual public debut, the GLC Coupe has taken the time to bow in front of the audience of the New York International Auto Show.

The German automaker is joining the fray of automakers looking to profit from the growing segment of crossover coupes and has now introduced the GLC Coupe as its contender to stand against the BMW X4. The model is here with a sporty front end that mirrors the lines of its bigger brother the GLE Coupe – we see a unique single bar grille and big air intakes. More differentiations from the standard GLC are seen after the A Pillar and the crossover comes with a sloping roofline that is also 1.6-inches longer than that of the standard SUV. There’s also a sporty rear end with LED taillights, a dual exhaust system, and a power liftgate with an integrated spoiler. The interior is mostly the same as in the GLC but comes with such niceties as the MB-Tex upholstery, a power driver’s seat, and an infotainment system with a seven-inch display.

Numerous amenities will be available either standard or as optional extras: heated / ventilated front seats, an ambient interior lighting system, and an infotainment system with a bigger 8.4-inch display. Customers can also use a Head-up display, an Air balance package, and an Interior Sport Package. Powertrain options include the base GLC300 4Matic Coupe with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that churns out 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The standard features also include the nine-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive system. The GLC43 Coupe uses the known biturbo 3.0-liter V6 engine packing 362 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque.