Revealed: Mercedes' Revised GLC Coupe


Need a C-Class with ground clearance and a sloping roofline?

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the latest version of its GLC coupe, featuring enhanced cabin digitisation and slight styling detail changes.

Following on from its five-door GLC SUV sibling, the coupe version now lights-up with repatterned LEDs, which flank a diamond-pattern grille. There are remoulded bumpers front and rear too. Add an optional AMG styling package and the front grille opening grows larger.

Inside, the revised GLC coupe has the very latest MBUX infotainment technology from Mercedes, including more intuitive and intelligent voice-prompt command responses. The entire digital infotainment and vehicle function display architecture is new, with a 10.3-inch centre screen and optional 12.3-inch digital vehicle instrumentation display for the driver. 

Powering the GLC coupe will be a range of five engines, two petrols and three diesels, all of which are turbocharged. The petrol engines are of most interest, as they both feature Mercedes-Benz’s integrated starter motor/generator technology, offering mild hybridisation due to the new GLC’s 48v onboard electric architecture and clever energy recovery systems.

The turbopetrol range starts at GLC200, which is good for 145 kW and 320 Nm. GLC300 boosts those outputs to 190 kW and 370 Nm, and both these engine options are augmented by an electric motor which surges 10 kW and 150 Nm into the powertrain delivery for brief periods when required.

For those who prefer their sloping roofline Mercedes-Benz SUVs with diesel power, the options start at GLC200d (120 kW/360 Nm), then GLC220d (143 kW/400 Nm) and peak with GC300d (180 kW/500 Nm). None of the diesel versions are equipped with sophisticated means of energy recovery or electric drive.

These new GLCs drive through a nine-speed automatic transmission, powering all four wheels and previously unavailable driver assist technologies have now been added: such as adaptive cruise control with steering and lane assist. For those prospective GLC coupe owners who like to tow things, trailer manoeuvring assist has now also found its way into the mid-size sloping roofline Mercedes SUV. The revised GLC coupe should go on sale by the end of 2019.

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