New Mercedes GLC Coupe: Prices announced
BMW X4 rival will start from £40,580 with just two trim levels but bags of options
Mercedes pulled the wraps off the GLC Coupe at the New York Motor Show back in March, and the company has now announced pricing and specifications for the fashionable coupe-SUV, which will rival the BMW X4 and Range Rover Evoque when first deliveries arrive in September.
To begin with, the range will consist of just two diesel engine choices and two trim levels. The engines, badged 220 d and 250 d, are actually both the same 2.1-litre unit, but are tuned to produce 168bhp and 201bhp respectively. Both achieve identical economy figures of 56.5mpg and 131g/km of CO2, though. A plug-in hybrid model is set to be added to the range by the end of the year.
Both engines are mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox and Mercedes' 4MATIC four-wheel drive system.
Trim levels are limited to Sport and AMG Line. All cars recieve Garmin sat-nav, park assist, artificial leather upholstery, keyless start, a reversing camera, heated front seats and LED headlights as standard. Sport models come with 18-inch alloy wheels and a black grille for the front, while AMG Line adds a body kit, 19-inch alloy wheels and a chrome grille.
Inside, AMG Line also adds a sports steering wheel, sports pedals, and a black roof lining. Both trim levels are also available with an array of option packs. Prices for an entry-level GLC Coupe 220 d Sport will start from £40,580, rising to £43,245 for the GLC Coupe 250 d AMG Line.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.