2015 Shanghai Auto Show: Mercedes-Benz launches Concept GLC Coupe

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 20, 2015

Mercedes-Benz is set to show its Concept GLC Coupe at the Shanghai Auto Show, proving that the automaker isn’t backing down from a challenge. The Concept GLC Coupe is a near-production-standard compact model that uses the popular GLE Coupe formula. This dynamic show car features the coupe’s styling but with the sensual design premise of future SUV generations.

The combination is appealing in itself but it comes with strong details. It features a twin-blade radiator grille, powerdomes on the bonnet, and a four-pipe exhaust system that form an aesthetic contrast to the harmonious, nearly organic main body. Going off-road won’t be a problem with the Concept GLC Coupe as it comes with front and rear underbody protection, bigger ground clearance, 21-inch tires, and side running boards.

The GLE Coupe was warmly received as a highly practical SUV and impressive coupe so Mercedes-Benz is hoping to repeat its success with the Concept GLC Coupe. What’s noticeable is that the near-production-standard show car belongs to a more compact segment because it measures 4.73-metres long and has a 2.83-metre wheelbase.

It also comes with a prominent and muscular main body section, extended greenhouse and 21-inch wheels. With these proportions, the Concept GLC Coupe is clearly a standout due to its sporty and youthful characteristic merged with its off-road capabilities. At its front, the Concept GLC Coupe has a short, crisp overhang with upright radiator grille and twin-blade louvre – typical of sporty models from Mercedes-Benz.

The Concept GLC Coupe seems to shout the credo "Born to race on every ground” with its powerdomes on the bonnet, the sweeping lines of the A-wing under the radiator grille, the big side air intakes and the aesthetically prominent underbody protection.

This feature is characteristic of an SUV, seen here in silver shadow to act as an appealing counterpoint to the solar-beam paintwork and the all-round claddings in matt gun metal magno paintwork. It is equipped with stunning LED headlamps that evoke the idea of light sculptures and that give the Concept GLC Coupe its expressive look.

All of its functions are found together. For instance, the daytime running lamps and turn indicators utilize the upper strip inserts, referred to as "eyebrows" by the designers. Underneath these are 3 rotating lenses, which seem to positively float in the deep, three-dimensional space and which are capable of adjusting to the environment and can optimally illuminate either the road or terrain.

Oncoming traffic won’t be blinded by these headlamps whether they’re in lower beam, upper beam, cornering light or active light mode. This is made possible by blanking out the light cone in the area of oncoming vehicles. The coupe and the SUV have very contrasting features but the automaker was able to merge these characteristics smoothly.

How Mercedes-Benz achieved it is revealed in a side view of the slightly under 1.60-metre-high Concept GLC Coupe that emphasizes the elongated roof line typical of a sports coupe. This quality is even more accentuated by the integrated roof rails and fully recessed door handles as well as the squat greenhouse with its frameless side windows that blend perfectly into the vehicle's flanks.

The Concept GLC Coupe is incredibly dynamic with the extreme proportions stemming from the coming together of the high beltline, broad shoulders and highlighted wheel lips. This arrangement is made all the more obvious with the drawn-in waist between the dropping line and the lower, rearwards ascending light-catching contour.

Its SUV features include the sill extensions that were inspired by the side running boards on a classic SUV. On the same level as the outside edge of the body, the large 21-inch wheels come with large, heavily profiled tires that when merged with the comparatively high ground clearance, plays up the sportily dynamic off-road ambitions of the Concept GLC Coupe.

From the back, the 2-metre-wide Concept GLC Coupe shows off the wide, muscular shoulders with harmoniously modelled wheel arches that hold the 53.3 cm (21-inch) wheels with 285/45 R 21 wide-base tires. Considered a visual highpoint are the 4 polished stainless-steel tailpipes of the exhaust system.

The tailpipes make the coupe appear sportier as they are installed in pairs above an A-wing similar to the one at the front and laden with the expected underbody protection. The Concept GLC Coupe’s drive technology is as exciting. It is equipped with a V6 powerplant that delivers 367 hp and 520 Nm.

Mostly seen with AMG sports models, the direct-injection biturbo engine is partnered with a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission and 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive.

As a result, the show car is capable of emphatic acceleration while providing the impressive audible notes. The tailpipes may produce a masterfully subdued rumble or the fervent sound of a high-powered sports car, depending on the transmission mode setting. [source: Mercedes-Benz]

Press Release

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLC Coupe

In a flowing transition, Mercedes-Benz lands the next coupe: the GLC Coupé Concept is a near-production-standard study that carries the successful GLE Coupé formula over into a more compact segment. The dynamically expressive show car combines typical stylistic features of a coupé with the sensually pure design idiom of coming SUV generations. This emotively appealing fusion is further enriched with details that are strong in character. A twin-blade radiator grille, powerdomes on the bonnet and a four-pipe exhaust system form an aesthetic contrast to the harmonious, almost organic main body section. On the other hand, elements from the rugged off-road world, such as enormous 21-inch tyres, front and rear underbody protection, increased ground clearance and side running boards, are indicative of the off-road performance potential of the GLC Coupé Concept.

Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG, puts it in a nutshell: "With its modern and sensual design idiom, the GLC Coupé Concept gives a foretaste of future SUV models from Mercedes-Benz. At the same time, it embraces the typical values of tradition-steeped Mercedes-Benz coupés".

The same successful blend of the multifunctional SUV and the emotively appealing coupé world of Mercedes-Benz that was so enthusiastically welcomed with the GLE Coupé is now repeated with the GLC Coupé Concept. However, the near-production-standard show car inhabits a more compact segment, as demonstrated by the external length of 4.73 metres and the 2.83-metre wheelbase. These two dimensions, together with the striking and muscular main body section, elongated greenhouse and large 21-inch wheels, provide an ideal basis for the typical, almost dramatic proportions of the sportily youthful coupé generation with the characteristic off-road touch.

Distinctive front end, sculptural headlamp design

At the front, a short, crisp overhang with upright radiator grille and twin-blade louvre so characteristic of sporty Mercedes-Benz models give a first indication of the sporty philosophy behind the GLC Coupé Concept. The credo "Born to race on every ground" is confirmed by the powerdomes on the bonnet, the sweeping lines of the A-wing below the radiator grille, the large side air intakes and the visually dominant underbody protection. Like all the trim elements on the concept vehicle, this typical SUV feature radiates in silver shadow to form an attractive counterpoint to the solar-beam paintwork and the all-round claddings in matt gun metal magno paintwork.

Reminiscent of light sculptures, striking LED headlamps decisively shape the expressive face of the GLC Coupé Concept. All functions are united in one housing: for illumination, the daytime running lamps and turn indicators use the upper strip inserts, dubbed "eyebrows" by the designers. Below them are three rotating lenses, which appear to positively float in the deep, three-dimensional space and which adapt to the situation to optimally illuminate the road or terrain. Of course, the headlamps are non-dazzling for oncoming traffic in lower beam, upper beam, cornering light or active light mode. This is achieved by blanking out the light cone in the area of oncoming vehicles.

Side profile with low-slung coupé greenhouse and large SUV wheels

The perfection with which the intrinsically contrary design worlds of the coupé and the SUV have been brought into harmony with each other is revealed in particular by a side view of the just under 1.60-metre-high GLC Coupé Concept with the typical, elongated roof line of a sports coupé. Like the integrated roof rails and fully recessed door handles, the squat greenhouse with its frameless side windows blends perfectly into the vehicle's flanks to additionally underscore the coupé-like character. The interplay with the high beltline, wide shoulders and accentuated wheel lips gives rise to extreme proportions that lend the GLC Coupé Concept a thrilling dynamism. This highly charged interaction is given extra emphasis by the drawn-in waist between the dropping line and the lower, rearwards ascending light-catching contour.

A clear indication of the more prominent SUV genes is given by sill extensions reminiscent of the side running boards on a classic SUV. Flush with the outside edge of the body, wide 21-inch wheels with large, heavily profiled tyres combine with the relatively high ground clearance to endorse the sportily dynamic off-road ambitions of the GLC Coupé Concept.

Rear end with distinct coupé heritage

The rear view of the precisely two-metre-wide GLC Coupé Concept in particular reveals the wide, muscular shoulders with harmoniously modelled wheel arches that house 53.3 cm (21-inch) wheels with 285/45 R 21 wide-base tyres. The four polished stainless-steel tailpipes of the exhaust system provide a visual highlight. Mounted in pairs above an A-wing similar to the one at the front and featuring characteristic underbody protection, the tailpipes underscore the sporty look of the coupé.

Overall, it is the styling of the rear end that most clearly accentuates the coupé genes of the concept vehicle. Narrow, split tail lights, centrally positioned brand star and a sharp spoiler lip emphasise a design line that made its debut with the S‑Class Coupé and which all Mercedes-Benz coupé models have since followed. Relocated to the lower section of the bumper, the number plate as well as the typical form of the rear window with its rounded upper area are among the further stylistic features.

The night design of the LED tail lights sets a new tone. Adapted from the headlamps, the strips at the top are home to the turn indicators, which use chasing lights to signal a change of direction. A circular rear light encloses a central lens that adaptively augments the brake lamp for even better visibility.

Technical details provide a stimulating contrast

Hard technical details give an additional emotive appeal to the GLC Coupé Concept with its almost organic form of the main body section. For example, excitingly designed components such as two-part, open light-alloy wheels, wing-look exterior mirrors and the already mentioned four exhaust tailpipes set a deliberate stylistic contrast intended to underscore the technological claim of the show car. The same goes for the underbody protection with front and rear cooling ducts and the headlamps and tail lights, which resemble light sculptures.

Power aplenty: all-wheel-drive powertrain producing 367 hp

The drive technology aboard the GLC Coupé Concept matches the vehicle's looks. A V6 powerplant delivering 270 kW (367 hp) and 520 Nm makes for a highly sporty level of performance. Familiar from AMG sports models, the direct-injection biturbo engine is teamed with a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission and 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive to provide the show car with emphatic acceleration while at the same time giving an acoustically audible note to the impressive performance. Depending on the transmission mode setting, the tailpipes give off either a commandingly subdued rumble or the passionate sound of a high-powered sports car.

Extension to the SUV world of Mercedes-Benz

The SUV world of Mercedes-Benz has room for further models, such as a production version of the GLC Coupé Concept. The range would thus include seven models, allowing customers to order a tailor-made vehicle to suit their personal preferences. At the same time, the show car would enrich the trendsetting coupé world of Mercedes-Benz with a new all-rounder while providing a logical addition to models such as the four-door coupés and Shooting Brakes of the CLS and CLA series. In addition to spawning entirely new classes of vehicle, these model series have also exerted a considerable impact on the model policies of all manufacturers. They have also proved an outstanding success on the sales front.

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