Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe - Sleeker roof for Mercedes' latest SUV

Latest coupe-like SUV expands Mercedes' SUV range ever further, AMG model on the way

Mercedes-Benz has extended its SUV range further at the 2016 New York auto show, with the debut of the GLC Coupe.

As GLE Coupe is to the larger GLE model, so GLC Coupe is to the GLC – which itself slots into the Mercedes-Benz SUV range in a similar manner to the C-class among the brand’s saloons and estates.

Pleasingly, the new car’s styling is less complicated than its brand positioning, and is arguably easier on the eye than the larger GLE Coupe.

There’s nothing new or remarkable here in concept – take a GLC and give it a smoother, fastback-style roofline à la GLE Coupe, BMW X4, and BMW X6. The actual work is more dramatic than it looks – the car is lower and longer than the regular GLC (by 4cm and 8cm respectively), with a shallower rake to the front windscreen, a redesigned radiator grille and a considerably redesigned rump.

The interior differs less from the regular GLC, with the same C-class style cabin design, a slick, curved centre console, trio of central air vents and hooded instruments.

Like most modern Mercs, there’s a screen mounted high on the dashboard, through which most auxiliary functions are controlled. An AMG Line interior trim package, with artificial leather and microfibre cloth, is optional, as are sports seats.

UK engine choices include two diesels – a GLC 220d and GLC 250d, as well as a GLC 250 petrol and a Mercedes-AMG GLC 43, the latter of which uses the now-familiar biturbo V6 for a 362bhp output. Both diesels meanwhile proffer 55.4mpg combined economy for their concession to Rudolf’s slimy fuel.

A 9G-tronic nine-speed automatic transmission is standard across each of these models, as is 4Matic all-wheel drive – a system which, when paired with various electronic systems, endows the regular GLC with remarkably capable off-road performance for the hardy few who’ll venture beyond cities and motorways.

Another engine option – the GLC 350 e Coupe – offers a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, though it remains to be seen whether this will appear in the UK.

Sports suspension is standard, as is Dynamic Select control over the transmission, with Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual modes. Tick the option box for Dynamic Body Control and you get steel springs with adaptive dampers, while Air Body Control air suspension is also optional – with Sport+ mode dropping the ride height by 15mm. Direct Steer steering means quicker responses than the regular GLC, with resistance varying depending on the driving mode selected.

UK order books open in June, with models reaching dealerships in October. Pricing and full specification details are yet to be announced.

Recommended

New Lamborghini Urus spied – preparing for the Ferrari Purosangue’s arrival
Lamborghini Urus
Lamborghini Urus

New Lamborghini Urus spied – preparing for the Ferrari Purosangue’s arrival

The Lamborghini Urus doesn’t have the super SUV class to itself any more, so is sharpening up to prepare
24 May 2022
2022 Ford Ranger Raptor priced from £57,340 in the UK
Ford Ranger Raptor
Ford Ranger

2022 Ford Ranger Raptor priced from £57,340 in the UK

Ford Performance's incoming petrol-powered Ranger Raptor costs the same as a Porsche Boxster T
23 May 2022
BMW XM prototype 2022 review – M's bespoke Urus rival is on its way
BMW XM prototype drive – front cornering header
BMW X5 M

BMW XM prototype 2022 review – M's bespoke Urus rival is on its way

An abundance of new BMW models will arrive in M Division’s 50th anniversary year. We drive a camo’d version of the most controversial
15 May 2022
Aston Martin DBX707 production begins at St Athan
Aston Martin DBX707
Aston Martin DBX

Aston Martin DBX707 production begins at St Athan

Aston Martin's DBX flagship takes on the fastest performance SUVs from Porsche and Lamborghini, and the first example has rolled off the production li…
10 May 2022

Most Popular

Prodrive P25 teased – continuation Subaru Impreza WRX STI on its way
P25 teaser
Subaru

Prodrive P25 teased – continuation Subaru Impreza WRX STI on its way

Maker of the P1 and a key facilitator of Subaru’s rally heritage, Prodrive is working on a very special new project
19 May 2022
BMW M4 Competition v Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
BMW M4 Competition v Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
Coupes

BMW M4 Competition v Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

With 760bhp, the latest Shelby GT500 is Ford’s fruitiest Mustang ever, and it’s got chassis chops to match. But can it get the measure of BMW’s new M4…
21 May 2022
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe is the most expensive car in the world
Mercedes 300 SLR – side
Mercedes

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe is the most expensive car in the world

One of two 300 SLR Uhlenhauts has been sold from Merc’s own collection for £114,000,000
20 May 2022