Mercedes-Benz introduces production version of new GLC Coupe at 2016 New York Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 24, 2016

A year after Mercedes-Benz unveiled the GLC Coupe Concept to the world at the Shanghai Auto Show in Spring 2015, the German premium carmaker has now come up with a production version that fuses the design language of a multi-functional SUV and the usual styling elements of a coupe.

Thanks to the clever use of various materials like aluminum and high- to ultra-high-strength steels, Mercedes was able to make the new GLC Coupe much lighter. The use of aluminum components allowed the carmaker to make the suspension a lot lighter as well as reduce unsprung masses, thereby contributing to the improvement of the ride comfort of the vehicle.

Customers may avail of the optional AIR BODY CONTROL multi-chamber air suspension, which comes with spring elements in light yet robust glass-fiber-reinforced plastic that make the system lighter than conventional air suspensions.

Since this optional suspension features continuously adjustable damping, it allows for improved driving dynamics and comfort. Additionally, Mercedes was able to save 26 lbs. by using the 9G-TRONIC gearbox with magnesium housing results and the new compact transfer case as an add-on module.

Fascinatingly, the GLC300 4MATIC Coupe, as standard, features an off-road suspension that includes Dynamic Select with five selectable transmission modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual. This off-road suspension can be fitted with electronically controlled continuously adjustable damping and a multi-chamber springing.

Those who want their GLC Coupe to boast outstanding stability, agility and comfort may take advantage of the optional AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension. Certain suspension features are already preselected according to the Dynamic Select settings. For instance, the Comfort mode allows for a softer suspension for a more comfortable ride.

Safety is guaranteed by the instantaneous adjustment of spring/damper forces, even when the vehicle is engaged in an abrupt evasive maneuver. Moreover, this mode allows for reduced roll when cornering. It also features automatic load sensing, thereby lowering the load compartment sill by 1.6-inches to allow users to easily load or unload their cargo.

On the other hand, Sport+ mode allows for a stiffer suspension that has been lowered by 0.6-inches, resulting in a sportier ride and a higher level of lateral dynamics. Furthermore, the new GLC Coupe has a retuned steering system featuring a 15.1:1 ratio, which when compared to the classic GLC (16.1:1) allows for more direct steering ratio, as boosted by power assistance in the Sport and Sport+ modes. Mercedes boasts of being able to fuse power and efficiency within its realm, and the new GLC Coupe is not an exception.

These include the Chrome package with visible exhaust tips, and EASY-PACK tailgate as well as light-alloy wheels that have a 19-inch diameter. The new GLC Coupe also features an Audio 20 CD multimedia system, KEYLESS-START function and reversing camera as well as upholstery in MB-Tex man-made leather. S

tandard assistance systems on the new GLC Coupe include the Active Brake Assist -- previously known as Collision Prevention Assist Plus -- Attention Assist, ESP and Crosswind Assist among others. More driver assistance systems are still available to further enhance comfort and safety of the new GLC Coupe.

Optional packages include Interior and Exterior Sport Package and Night package. Also optional are 19- or 20-inch AMG light-alloy wheels with mixed tires on the GLC43.

Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG, remarked that the GLC Coupe reflects the Mercedes’ iconic coupe design and at the same time signifies the diversity of the German premium brand. He added that the new GLC Coupe perfectly embodies Mercedes’ styling philosophy while representing modern luxury.

Exterior Design

Featuring dimensions of 186.2 inches in length, 63 inches in height and 113 inches of wheelbase, the GLC Coupe is around 3.2 inches longer and 1.6 inches lower than its GLC sibling. Interestingly, both the GLC and the GLC Coupe are underpinned by the same basic architecture.

Its dynamic and compact appearance has been boosted by its single-louvered diamond radiator grille as well as a redesigned dropping roofline. It also features a steeply raked A-pillar and a lower continuation of the roof outline that terminates on the flowing, muscular rear end – just like that on a coupe.

The steeply raked diamond radiator grille also features an integral star as well as a short overhang and a SUV-inspired override guard. The front end of the GLC Coupe is marked by a new headlamp concept with the characteristic Mercedes-Benz light signature.

The headlamp could be availed optionally in LED High Performance technology. Moreover, the front end of the GLC Coupe features large lateral air inlets, thereby giving the car the subtle look of a sports vehicle.

On the other hand, the side profile of the GLC Coupe has a strong resemblance to a sports coupe. The greenhouse blends in perfectly with the side of the vehicle to underline its coupe character. The interplay between high beltline and wide shoulders results in proportions that lend the GLC Coupe its dynamic looks. This interaction is given added emphasis by the drawn-in waist between the dropping line and the lower, rearwards contour.

Optional side running boards provide a clearer link to the vehicle’s SUV roots. Accentuating its sides are wide wheels that could be specified to a size of 21 inches. These wheel and the ample ground clearance allow the GLC Coupe to tackle unpaved tracks and unsurfaced roads.

At the rear, the GLC Coupe comes with pronounced shoulders and muscular bumper with integral exhaust tips as well as a diffuser that serves as an under guard. These elements do not only make the rear end much wider and sportier but also allow the Coupe to hug the road.

Moreover, the rear end of the vehicle is laden with narrow split tail lights, a sharp spoiler lip and a centrally placed brand star – styling cues seen first on the S-Class Coupe and now typical on all Mercedes-Benz coupe models.

The number plate -- now moved to the lower section of the bumper – and the rear window with rounded upper area complete the rear styling of the GLC Coupe. Interestingly, the night design of the LED tail lights also features Mercedes’ light signature.

Interior Design

Inside, the new GLC Coupe features a cabin that exudes a flair and ambience typical of a coupe. Its interior simply follows the design philosophy on the exterior, thus fusing sensual purity, dynamism, and modern luxury.

Contributing to this distinct design idiom are the GLC Coupe’s dashboard and its center console. Specifically, the center console features clear lines and a large, one-piece console panel that sweeps below the semi-integrated media display -- all the way from the center air vents to the armrest.

These lines exude a feeling of roominess and modernity. Customers may avail of the optional Interior Sport Package that adds more dynamism and sportiness to the GLC Coupe. This package, as featured on the AMG GLC43, includes sports seats with upholstery in MB-Tex man-made leather/DINAMICA microfiber.

The package may also include the optional sports seats with Bi-Color leather upholstery. On the GLC300, Interior Sport Package includes a flat-bottom steering wheel, AMG floor mats and rubber studded pedals. GLC300 customers may also avail of the Cranberry Red MB-Tex upholstery.

In addition, the design of the new GLC Coupe has allowed it to eke out a superb aerodynamic performance. Moreover, such performance has been helped by implementing an array of aerodynamic solutions like optimized underbody paneling and sealing of the radiator and headlamp surrounds.

Powertrain

Featuring 4MATIC all-wheel drive as standard, the four-cylinder GLC300 4MATIC coupe alone is able to provide up to 241 hp of output. Power comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

On the other hand, the line-topping model, the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe, is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 Biturbo engine that is able to provide up to 362 hp of output, which allows the coupe to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.

All variants of the GLC Coupe, including the AMG GLC43 and aside from GLC300, are fitted with 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic gearbox. As any Mercedes vehicle, the new GLC Coupe is loaded with an array of comprehensive and individual equipment.

Press Release

SPORT COUPE MEETS G

The dynamic and expressive styling of the GLC Coupe concept was the center of attention at its world premiere at the Shanghai Auto Show in Spring 2015. It unites the typical stylistic elements of a coupe with the design language of current SUV models. Just one year later, this promise has become a reality: the new GLC Coupe translates the design idiom of the show car, with its distinctive structure and stretched greenhouse, virtually unchanged into series production. At the same time, the sports car among Mercedes-Benz's mid-size SUVs impresses with its brand-typical safety, modern assistance systems and an especially sporty-dynamic character. The standard sports suspension as well as more direct sports steering, DYNAMIC SELECT and 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive with 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission combine effortlessly superior ride comfort with decidedly sporty agility. AIR BODY CONTROL multi-chamber air suspension with continuously adjustable damping is optionally available, providing for enhanced driving dynamics and comfort.

"The GLC Coupe reflects our iconic Mercedes-Benz coupe design while symbolizing the diversity of our brand – it is both 'hot and cool'," said Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG. "With its design idiom of sensual purity, it perfectly embodies our styling philosophy while at the same time representing contemporary luxury."

The combination of a multifunctional SUV and an emotionally appealing coupe constitutes a skillful fusion of emotion and intelligence. With an exterior length of 186.2-inches, a height of 63-inches and a wheelbase of 113-inches, the GLC Coupe is both dynamic and compact in appearance. This makes the Coupe almost 3.2-inches longer and some 1.6-inches lower than the multi-talented GLC, with which it shares its basic architecture. The GLC Coupe owes its distinct character to a typically coupe-esque, single-louvered diamond radiator grille and a restyled, dropping roofline. The A-pillar is less steeply raked, while the continuation of the roof outline is lower, terminating in the elegantly flowing, muscular rear end typical of a coupe.

Perfect combination of design elements from two different worlds

The striking features of the front end are its dominant, steeply raked diamond radiator grille with single louver and integral star, short overhang and SUV-inspired override guard. The innovative headlamp concept, optionally in LED High Performance technology, sports the now characteristic Mercedes-Benz light signature. A striking injection of sports car genes is provided by the large lateral air inlets.

From the side, the 63-inch-high GLC Coupe, with its stretched roofline, resembles a sports coupe. The greenhouse blends in perfectly with the side of the vehicle to underline its coupe character. The interplay between high beltline and wide shoulders results in proportions that lend the GLC Coupe its dynamic looks. This interaction is given added emphasis by the drawn-in waist between the dropping line and the lower, rearwards contour.

A clear clue to the vehicle's distinctive SUV heritage is given by the optionally available side running boards. Flush with the outer edge of the body, wide wheels up to a size of 21 inches together with ample ground clearance underpin the GLC Coupe's sporty and dynamic ambitions on unpaved tracks and unsurfaced roads.

Rear end with athletic looks

The styling of the rear end gives added emphasis to the vehicle's coupe genes. With its pronounced shoulders, muscular bumper design with integral exhaust tips and under guard in the form of a diffuser, the wide rear end of the GLC Coupe underlines the vehicle's athletic looks while enabling the Coupe to hug the road. Narrow, split tail lights, a centrally positioned brand star and a sharp spoiler lip reflect a design that made its debut with the S-Class Coupe and which all Mercedes-Benz coupe models have since followed. Relocated to the lower section of the bumper, the number plate as well as rear window with its rounded upper area are among the further stylistic features. Like the headlamps, the night design of the LED tail lights sports the light signature of Mercedes-Benz.

Interior with coupe flair and high-grade ambience

Following the exterior design philosophy, the interior welcomes the occupants with coupe flair and a high-grade ambience. The design idiom combines sensual purity with dynamic sportiness while embodying a convincing interpretation of modern luxury. Distinctive stylistic elements of the GLC Coupe are the dashboard and the center console with its flowing lines, a large, one-piece console panel making an elegant sweep below the semi-integrated media display from the center air vents to the armrest. These clear lines give a feeling of spaciousness while conveying a puristic modernity.

The optionally available Interior Sport Package provides a clear commitment to even greater dynamism and sportiness. On the AMG GLC43, this package includes, among other features, sports seats with upholstery in MB-Tex man-made leather/DINAMICA microfiber with the option of sports seats with Bi-Color leather upholstery. The GLC300 receives a flat-bottom steering wheel, rubber studded pedals and AMG floormats as part of the Interior Sport Package.

Cranberry Red MB-Tex upholstery is also available on the GLC300.

Sport program: DYNAMIC BODY CONTROL or AIR BODY CONTROL

The GLC300 4MATIC Coupe comes standard with an off-road suspension including DYNAMIC SELECT with the five transmission modes: ECO, COMFORT, SPORT, SPORT+ and INDIVIDUAL.

Uniquely in this market segment, the suspension can be equipped with fully supporting multi-chamber springing and electronically controlled, continuously adjustable damping. The AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension combines excellent driving stability and optimal comfort with sporty agility. Specific characteristics are preselected depending on the DYNAMIC SELECT settings. In Sport+ mode, the occupants feel as if they are sitting in a sports car with a high level of lateral dynamics due to the even stiffer suspension, which is lowered by 0.6-inches.
COMFORT mode ensures an especially comfortable ride with soft suspension. To guarantee maximum possible driving safety also in this mode, the spring/damper forces are instantaneously adjusted, for example in case of a sudden evasive maneuver. Further benefits of the system include reduced roll when cornering, automatic load sensing and lowering of the load compartment sill by 1.6-inches for more convenient loading and unloading.

Another key parameter for the sporty characteristics of the GLC Coupe compared with the classic GLC SUV is the retuned steering system, which, with 15.1:1 (GLC: 16.1:1), offers a more direct steering ratio together with even sportier characteristics of the power assistance in the SPORT and SPORT+ modes.

Key parameters for high energy efficiency

The design has also bestowed superlative aerodynamics on the new GLC Coupe. Apart from the vehicle's streamlined basic form, this exceptional aerodynamic performance also results from a host of detail solutions, such as sealing of the radiator and headlamp surrounds and optimized underbody paneling.

The GLC Coupe's all-new body, which features an intelligent mix of materials, comprising aluminum and high- to ultra-high-strength steels, saves weight across the model lineup. Aluminum components additionally reduce the weight of the suspension, which also benefits ride comfort due to the attendant reduction in unsprung masses. The optional AIR BODY CONTROL multi-chamber air suspension features spring elements in lightweight yet robust glass-fiber-reinforced plastic, which reduce the system weight in comparison to conventional air suspensions.
The use of the new compact transfer case as an add-on module and the 9G- TRONIC with its magnesium transmission housing results in a 26 lb. weight reduction in comparison to the previous versions installed in other models.

Powerful and efficient: GLC300 and top-of-the-line Mercedes-AMG GLC43

The four-cylinder GLC300 4MATIC coupe is rated at 241 hp. For dynamically- minded coupe fans, the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe is the right choice: this powerful top-of-the-line model comes with perfect on-road performance, dynamic styling and an attractive equipment package. The 3.0-liter V6 Biturbo engine puts out 362 hp, accelerating the coupe to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. The GLC300 comes standard with 4MATIC all-wheel drive, and all variants of the GLC Coupe, including the AMG GLC43, are equipped with 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission.

Equipment configuration: comprehensive and individual

The new GLC Coupe impresses even in its basic equipment configuration, which includes light-alloy wheels of 19-inch diameter, the Chrome package with visible exhaust tips, EASY-PACK tailgate, Audio 20 CD multimedia system, reversing camera, KEYLESS-START function and upholstery in MB-Tex man-made leather.

Also included as standard are assistance systems such as Active Brake Assist (previously known as COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS), Crosswind Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST and ESP® among others. Comfort and safety can be further enhanced by additional driver assistance systems.

Mercedes-Benz also offers a wide selection of optional packages for its new SUV coupe. Customers can choose between Interior and Exterior Sport Package and Night package. A highlight in terms of both looks and driving dynamics is provided by optional AMG light-alloy wheels of 19-inch or 20-inch diameter with mixed tires on the GLC43. The attractive light-alloy wheels are available in numerous design variants. An optional sport exhaust system makes for a more dynamic engine sound.

Protection in an emergency

In keeping with the Mercedes-Benz tradition, the body forms the foundation for exemplary crash safety. A high-strength safety passenger compartment forms the core of this concept. It is surrounded by specially designed and crash-tested deformation zones, which ensure the best possible occupant safety.

In addition to 3-point safety belts with pyrotechnical and reversible belt tensioning and belt-force limitation for driver, front passenger and those in the outer rear seats, numerous airbags serve to protect the vehicle's occupants in an accident. These include combined thorax/pelvis sidebags for driver and front passenger and an optimized windowbag extending over both seat rows, optional sidebags for the outer rear seats and a driver kneebag.

The GLC300 4MATIC Coupe and AMG GLC43 Coupe will go on sale by early 2017.

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