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.