The wraps have come off the new Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe, which makes its debut eight months after thefirst appeared on the scene. More of an evolution than a radical change, the C254 gets a more organic, fluid exterior and slightly larger dimensions.
Measuring 4,763 mm long, 1,890 mm wide and 1,699 mm high, the new GLC Coupé is 31 mm longer and five mm taller than its predecessor., while the width remains the same as the old car. Track widths have also been increased, by 6mm at the front (now 1,627mm) and 23mm at the rear (now 1,640mm).
The longer dimensions have translated into a slightly larger trunk. The additional 45 liters brings boot space to 545 liters in mild-hybrid versions and 390 liters in plug-in variants, and folding down the rear seats increases capacity to 1,490 liters and 1,335 liters respectively.
As standard, the car comes with an Avantgarde exterior with 18-inch light-alloy wheels and a chrome package. Opting for the AMG Line specification offers 19-inch or 20-inch wheel options with mixed profile rims and wheel arch liners in vehicle colour. Optional extras include easy entry running boards and a Night package from AMG Line specification onwards.
Inside, the layout mirrors that seen in the GLC, so you’ll find the same dash design and a similar high-resolution 12.3-inch standalone digital instrument display and 11.9-inch center touchscreen. with portrait orientation, the latter running on the new MBUX infotainment system.
As with the exterior, the interior comes dressed in an Avantgarde line specification as standard. As usual, there are a variety of finish options available for the car, including open pore wood veneers in brown, anthracite and black, with aluminum inlays. Going the route of the AMG lineup adds a leather-wrapped dash with nappa-look beltlines.
all variants in the GLC Coupe range at point of launch feature electrification, either as a mild hybrid with 48-volt technology and a second-generation integrated starter-generator (four variants, two petrol, two diesel) or a hybrid pluggable. (three variants) offering an all-electric range of more than 100 km (WLTP).
The mild hybrid range consists of the GLC 200 4Matic, GLC 300 4Matic, GLC 220d 4Matic and GLC 300d 4Matic, while the PHEV range consists of the GLC 300e 4Matic, GLC 400e 4Matic and GLC300de 4Matic. As its suffix implies, all trims get the automaker’s all-wheel-drive system, with a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission in tow.
The range of petrol mild hybrids is powered by a 2.0-litre inline-four petrol engine, delivering 204hp at 6100rpm and 320Nm of torque from 2000rpm to 4000rpm in the GLC 200. The extra boost from the electric drive adds 23 hp and 200 Nm of torque. The GLC 300 gets a different state of output tuning, so it makes 258 hp at 5800 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 2000 rpm to 3200 rpm.
Gasoline PHEV versions also feature the same 2.0-liter mill. In the GLC 300e, the mill’s 204hp/320Nm is assisted by a 136hp/440Nm electric motor, delivering a total system output of 313hp and 550Nm of torque. In the GLC 400e, the engine delivers 252PS and 400Nm, and with the same power from the electric motor combo system, power is 381PS and 650Nm.
All PHEVs come equipped with a 31.2 kWh battery and fully charged, offer an all-electric driving range of between 119 km and 131 km for the petrol versions, and between 113 km and 130 km for the diesel variant. As standard, the plug-in features an 11 kW 3-phase AC charger, although an optional 60 kW DC charger can be specified, bringing the battery to a full charge from zero in around 30 minutes.
Standard equipment for the GLC Coupe includes high-performance LED headlamps, sport suspension (on PHEVs, air suspension and rear axle level control), variable-ratio steering, Easy-Pack tailgate, smartphone integration and wireless phone charging.
The option box includes Airmatic air suspension (with rear-wheel steer) and a new panoramic sunroof, which is six centimeters longer than that of the new GLC SUV. As for driver assistance systems, the GLC Coupe gets the latest Driving Assistance Plus package, which brings with it improved adaptive cruise control, among other things. There is also a new 360° camera parking package, available as an optional extra.