First Look: Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe

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On its exterior, it’s hard to mistake the GLC Coupe for most SUVs on the road today. It’s that appealing coupe shape that has become all the rage in SUVs, and Mercedes-Benz has been at the forefront of that design language. With an exterior length of 186.2 inches, a height of 63 inches, and a wheelbase of 113 inches, the Coupe is almost 3.2 inches longer and some 1.6 inches lower than the standard GLC. As to be expected with any coupe, the A-pillar is pushed back farther while the overall roof outline has been lowered to meld seamlessly into a muscular rear end boasting narrow, split tail lights. 

A mix of aluminum and high- to ultra-high-strength steels reduces weight, further adding to its sporty driving dynamic. The four-cylinder GLC300 4MATIC Coupe features 241 horsepower while the AMG GLC43 boasts a 3.0-liter V-6 Biturbo engine and 362 hp output, accelerating the coupe to 60 mph in under five seconds.

The standard sports suspension is mated with Dynamic Select and 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive with a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission for increased agility and ride comfort. Five transmission modes ranging from ECO to Sport+ are standard. Air Body Control is available that features multi-chamber air suspension with continuously adjustable damping for an even more enhanced driving dynamic. Optional side running boards, meanwhile, reflect its SUV frame, as do the wheels, which size up to a solid 21 inches. 

Inside, one large, elegant sweeping line features the dashboard and center console, which sit below the semi-integrated media display and run from the center air vents to the armrest. An optional Interior Sport Package adds microfiber with the option of sports seats with bi-color leather upholstery to the AMG GLC43. The GLC300 receives a flat-bottom steering wheel, rubber-studded pedals, and AMG floor mats as part of the package. The GLC Coupe lineup will go on sale by early 2017. While pricing has yet to be confirmed, if the GLE is any example, look for the GLC Coupe variant to be roughly $6,000 above its GLC stablemate, which starts at just under $40,000.

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