2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe: Putting the sport in SUV
Boasting a rakish roofline, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe adds a sporty 4-door coupe look to its compact SUV range and will appeal to both mainstream motorists and enthusiasts alike with two trim levels, a standard GLC300 4Matic and the AMG GLC43.
Taking the wraps off the new series at the New York Auto Show, Gordon Wagener, 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’. With its design idiom of sensual purity, it perfectly embodies our styling philosophy while at the same time representing contemporary luxury.”
Longer and lower
The 2017 GLC Coupe rides on a 113.-inch wheelbase, measures 186.2 inches overall and stands 63 inches tall. In its Coupe configuration, the vehicle is 3.2 inches longer and 1.6 inches lower than the more conventionally styled GLC SUV on which it’s based. The GLC Coupe sports a distinctive single-louvered diamond textured grille and a restyled roofline that drops dramatically at the rear in a flowing muscular tail. While it has a car-like sporty profile, optional running boards pay homage to the vehicle’s SUV roots. Also enhancing the muscular look are wheels that range up to 21-inches in diameter.
The interior has a clean, modern appearance with flowing lines and a one-piece console that sweeps into the semi-integrated media display in the center of the dash. An Interior Sport Package adds a flat-bottom steering wheel, rubber studded pedals and AMG floormats on the GLC300, while sport seats clad in MB-Tex and microfiber are used on the AMG GLC43.
GLC300 4Matic Coupe
Power for the GLC300 4Matic Coupe comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Output is delivered to the corners via Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive system, which also uses a 9-speed automatic transmission. As part of the mechanical package, the GLC300 comes standard with an off-road suspension with optional Air Body Control. With that add-on, ride height and stiffness are calibrated to match the five Dynamic Select modes that include Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and customized Individual. In Sport and Sport+ modes, in addition to tightening up the suspension, the GLC300 Coupe lowers its ride height by 0.6 inches. Comfort, on the other hand, adds more compliance to the springs/dampers for a smooth ride. And the vehicle’s height can be lowered by 1.6 inches to facilitate loading and unloading the cargo area.
Standard features on the 2017 GLC300 4Matic Coupe include a 7-inch color display touchscreen, keyless start, rearview camera, a sunroof, crosswind assist, collision prevention assist plus, a power tailgate, power folding mirrors and 19-inch wheels. Optional features include Distronic Plus cruise control with steering assist, rear-end collision prevention with the Pre-Safe collision warning system, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and an 8.4-inch Comand screen and touchpad with Comand controller.
AMG GLC43 Coupe
The high performance version of the Coupe comes, naturally, from AMG and is equipped with a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. Like the GLC300, it also incorporates Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive system to deliver 362 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque front and rear through a 9-speed automatic transmission. Mercedes says the AMG GLC43 is capable of sprinting to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.
In addition to incorporating all the standard equipment found on the GLC300, the AMG model also adds the AMG Ride Control Sport suspension and the AMG Performance 4Matic system, which is set-up with a rear-wheel drive bias, sending 31 percent of the output forward and 69 percent to the rear in normal operation, to give the vehicle a sportier feel. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4Matic and AMG GKC43 are slated to go on sale early next year with pricing announced closer to its on-sale date.