A new trend is catching up among luxury automakers. The new trend involves converting SUV’s into Coupes. Unlike conventional 2-door coupes with compact dimensions, the new coupes come with four doors and with elongated dimensions like a conventional SUV. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe is based on the GLC-Class compact SUV. It is Mercedes answer to BMW’s X4 Coupe. The model is Mercedes second such model after the GLE-Class Coupe. The coupe comes in two trims i.e. the base GLC300 and the AMG GLC43. Read along for more information:
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Exterior
The exterior maintains all the aggressiveness and versatility of an SUV while introducing the sleek design of a coupe. The result is a sleek looking SUV. At the front, the model features a new grille with a single bar that bisects the huge “Mercedes star”. The star is also surrounded by star-like elements. The grille is also flanked by LED headlights.
The coupe rides on a set of 21-inch wheels which go a long way to show its energetic profile. The sides also feature recessed door handles and frameless side windows.
At the rear, the vehicle features taillights that mimic the headlights. The automaker has also added chrome inserts along the bottom of the rear fascia as well as around the exhaust tips. The rear also features a beefed-up bumper. The most attractive feature at the rear is the slanting roofline which sees the rear fascia get a trunk-lid instead of the conventional hatchback.
In terms of dimensions, the Coupe has been elongated compared to the standard GLC SUV. At 186.2 inches long and 63.0 inches tall, the vehicle is 1.3 inches longer and 1.6 inches less tall than the SUV. The extra length was essential to ensure a stylish sloping roofline that earns it the “Coupe” tag.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Interior
As you would expect of Mercedes, the cabin is very luxurious. The cabin is offered in a two-tone color trim. A vanilla-like color is used on the leather that wraps the lower part of the door panels, dashboard and on other panels while brown leather is used on the upper part of the dash and upper parts of the door panels. The rest of the upholstery features the vanilla-like color scheme.
Buyers can also opt for another interior trim that features a gray and silver color scheme. The seats and door panels feature diamond quilted leather. The upper parts of the door panels and the center stack are separated by wood trim inserts. The model also features as standard power operated driver’s seat, sunroof, tailgate and side mirrors.
The instrument cluster has a two-gauge layout; a speedometer is mounted on the left and a tachometer on the right. A small TFT display is mounted between the two gauges and is used as the driver’s information center. A 7.0-inch (8.4 inch screen is optional) semi-integrated infotainment screen is mounted on the center stack.
Mercedes offers an Interior Sport package that adds a flat-bottomed steering wheel, AMG floor mats and rubber studded pedals on the GLC300. On the AMG GLC43 the package adds sports seats upholstered in MB-Tex DINAMICA microfiber/man-made leather or Bi-Color leather for those who go for a grey interior. Red MB-Tex upholstery is offered as a standalone option for the GLC300.
Unlike the GLC SUV, the coupe has reduced headroom at the rear due to its slanted roofline. However, a 6-foot passenger will fit in just fine. As for the cargo capacity, the coupe will offer 18 cubic feet which can be expanded by folding the rear seats.
The model also features an array of safety technologies including forward collision mitigation with emergency braking, keyless entry and ignition, Lane keep assist, parking assist, blind sport monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and automatic cruise control among others.
Engine Specs and performance
The Coupe will be powered by two power-trains. The base GLC300 will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0 L, 4-cylinder engine which produces 241 hp and. The engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission system.
The Coupe is offered in only AWD unlike the regular GLC. For more power, buyers can opt for the AMG GLC43 Coupe which is powered by a turbocharged 2.0 L, V-6 mill which produces 362 horses. The engine is also mated to a 9-speed transmission system. Similarly, it is offered in AWD.
Price and release date
Mercedes has not disclosed the official prices of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe as of this writing. However, I believe the model will retail at the same price range as the BMW X4. Therefore, a starting price of around $45,000 is likely. The Coupe will hit dealerships early next year.