Mercedes-Benz is wasting little time building out the lineup of its redesigned and renamed compact crossover, the GLC-class. The model, which took over for the GLK, was introduced as the GLC300 and just recently the company rolled out its first AMG version, the GLC43.
But with BMW offering its competing X3 also as a fastback “coupe” variant—the X4—a similar version of the Mercedes GLC was a foregone conclusion. That vehicle, the GLC coupe, is now here.
Mercedes has been a little late climbing onto the SUV-coupe bandwagon, maybe because the idea initially seemed so silly. BMW started it all with the X6 back in 2008, and finally last year Mercedes answered with the GLE coupe. This GLC coupe is the same idea on a one-size-smaller crossover.
Like its more squared-off sibling, the coupe will be offered as the Mercedes-Benz GLC300 and the Mercedes-AMG GLC43. The engines are unchanged for coupe duty, with the GLC300’s 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder making the same 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, and the AMG’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 putting out 362 horsepower and 384 lb-ft. The standard GLC300 is offered as a rear-wheel-drive base model, but the coupes come only with a nine-speed automatic and 4MATIC all-wheel drive—on the AMG, that 4MATIC system is programmed to send 69 percent of available torque to the rear axle.
Riding on the same 113.1-inch wheelbase as the standard GLC, the coupe is 2.9 inches longer overall and 1.5 inches lower. Besides its sloping roofline and tiny rear-quarter windows, the coupe also gets a restyled grille and tail.
Feature content is largely identical to the regular GLC, although the coupe iteration of the GLC300 adds a standard sunroof. The GLC43 coupe has a sport-tuned suspension and both coupes get quicker steering—an adaptive suspension with air springs is optional. Both coupe versions come standard with a power liftgate, keyless ignition, a backup camera, a power driver’s seat with memory, a 7.0-inch infotainment display, and Dynamic Select chassis modes. Options include adaptive cruise control with steering assist, passive entry, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a head-up display, and an 8.4-inch screen.
As with the GLE, the coupe version of the GLC actually appeared (in concept form) before the regular model, but it trails the standard body style in coming to market. While the regular GLC has been out since last fall, the GLC coupe won’t hit U.S. showrooms until early 2017.