New Mercedes GLC Coupe heads brand’s New York 2016 stars

23 Mar, 2016 6:00pm Lawrence Allan

Mercedes GLC Coupe to rival BMW X4 and Range Rover Evoque when it goes on sale in June

Mercedes has pulled the wraps off its new GLC Coupe at the New York Motor Show. The Range Rover Evoque and BMW X4-rivalling SUV goes on sale in the UK in June, with first deliveries in October.

Unsurprisingly, the design is heavily influenced by the larger GLE Coupe, with the same sloping roofline, narrow rear window and big tail-lights. The front end is identical to the regular GLC on which it’s based.

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The Coupe is 80mm longer and 40mm wider than the regular GLC, and slightly longer than the X4. Optional kit to help the car stand out even further includes side running boards and 20-inch alloys.

Inside, you’ll find few changes up front from the regular GLC. Carried over is the flowing, one-piece centre console and tablet-style infotainment display, perched on top of the beautifully crafted dash.

Standard kit on entry-level cars includes 18-inch alloys, keyless start, Artico artificial leather and a reversing camera, as well as Collision Prevention Assist. AMG Line-spec models bring sports seats, too, but exact UK specs have yet to be confirmed.

Mercedes claims the GLC Coupe matches the GLC for shoulder, elbow and legroom, as well as entrance height, although we can expect it to offer less headroom. Still, the newcomer can seat five, while the 491-litre boot (down on the GLC’s 550-litre load bay) increases to a maximum capacity of 1,205 litres with the rear bench folded flat.

Four diesel and four petrol models will be sold in Europe, although UK buyers are likely to be offered only the GLC 220d and GLC 250d diesels. Both will come with 4MATIC four-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic gearbox.

At the end of the year, Mercedes will add the 316bhp GLC 350 e 4MATIC plug-in hybrid, which will be fitted with a seven-speed auto. This claims a 0-62mph time of 5.9 seconds and CO2 emissions of 50g/km. It’s highly likely the company will add the potent twin-turbo V6 from the AMG-tuned GLC 43 at a later date.

Official pricing and specs have yet to be confirmed for the GLC Coupe, but a premium of around £4,000 over the regular GLC is likely. That means prices should kick off at around £39,000.

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Mercedes GLC Coupe concept at Shanghai Motor Show 2015 

The GLC Coupe Concept revealed in Shanghai had a raised ride height, oversized grille and sloping roofline, and has a very similar rear end and boot spoiler to the larger GLE Coupe the brand revealed a couple of months earlier. 

This coupe SUV concept sat on huge 21-inch wheels, and had a bluff front end with a very short overhang. The darkened door pillars emphasise the sleek lines, with the bulges in the bonnet and large air intakes hinting at the car’s sporty nature. 

At just under 1.6 metres high, the GLC concept was slightly lower than the X4. However, the 2.83m wheelbase is 20mm longer, and is expected to translate into more interior space – especially for rear-seat passengers. 

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