Mercedes-Benz updates the GLC Coupe at this year’s New York Autoshow. Among the news, sportier styling cues and more potent engines.
A few weeks after the presentation of the facelifted GLC, Mercedes presents the logical continuation: the GLC Coupe. The recipe applied is strictly the same, starting with a range of renewed engines. The two gasoline 2.0-liter turbocharged units available at launch, are thus electrified via the addition of an integrated alternator-starter with an electric motor connected to a 48V circuit. The GLC 200 Coupe develops 197 hp and 320Nm; the GLC 300 Coupe offers 258hp and 370Nm. The electric motor allows a temporary “boost” of 14 hp and 150Nm – all extra.
Three diesel engines are also announced, again 2.0-liter turbo engines, good for 163 hp and 360 Nm in the GLC 200 d Coupe, 194 hp and 400 Nm in the GLC 220 d Coupe and 245 hp for 500 Nm in the GLC 300 d Coupe. These engines already meet the Euro 6d standards from 2020, at the cost of the addition of an oxidation catalyst (COD), a particulate filter with catalyst (FAP-SCR), a catalyst with injection of AdBlue (SCR) and an Ammonia Synthesis Catalyst (ASC).
For all the engines, Mercedes’ nine-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive system are standard. The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe also receives sportier adjustments for the adaptive suspension, also standard, compared to the conventional GLC. Active anti-roll bars and air suspension are listed in the options catalog.
Flattened full-LED headlight units with a fresh light signature, more generous front air intakes and a grille that is wider at the bottom than at the top provide a facade that fits better with that of the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLE. There are also a few differences between the GLC and the GLC Coupe. The Coupe has a “diamond grille” with one central horizontal chrome bar, the regular GLC features two bars. At the rear, the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe adopts new LED taillights and a sportier dual exhaust system.
Inside, the instrumentation of the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe has been modernized with the arrival of the new optional 12.3-inch digital instruments, a new multifunction steering wheel and the latest MBUX multimedia system with voice control, gesture control, a larger center 10.25-inch screen and a new touchpad on the center console. The range of driving aids is growing, including emergency lane assist, towing assist (Trailer Maneuvering Assist), and parking exit-warning.