Mercedes-Benz reveals its smaller coupé-SUV, the GLC Coupé

Unless you consider the GLA a coupé-like SUV, or an SUV at all, the smaller coupé-SUV from Mercedes-Benz was the GLE Coupé. At least until today, when the German carmaker revealed at the New York Auto Show the new GLC Coupé.

Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé, C253, 2016.

Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé, C253, 2016. Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé, C253, 2016. Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé, C253, 2016. Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé, C253, 2016.

The new GLC Coupé is 4.73 m long, 1.89 m wide, 1.60 m high and has a wheelbase of 2.87 m. In its GLC 250 4MATIC Coupé version, it weighs 1,710 kg, what would place it among the lightest SUVs among its competitors, according to Mercedes-Benz. It is just a matter of being able to say that an almost 2 ton vehicle is light by any means. It is also aerodynamically efficient, according to the carmaker. Its drag coefficient is 0.31, with a drag area of 2.53 m², it presents a cd x A = 0.79, the best one in the segment, says Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé, C253, 2016.

The GLC Coupé will have 8 model variants. The entry-level trims will be the GLC 220 d Coupé and the GLC 250 4MATIC Coupé. The first one is a turbodiesel with an output of 125 kW, while the petrol version delivers 155 kW. At launch, it will also have a stronger turbodiesel version, the GLC 250 d 4MATIC Coupé, with an engine that pumps out 150 kW.

Later this year we will also see the GLC 350 e 4MATIC Coupé, a plug-in hybrid SUV with a top speed of 235 km/h and 235 kW available. Its electric only range would amount to 30 km and its acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is 5.9 s.

Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé, C253, 2016.

Although Mercedes-Benz speaks of 8 new versions, it has only revealed another one besides the 4 we have already mentioned, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé. It has a 3.0 V6 biturbo that delivers 270 kW. Top speed is surely governed at 250 km/h and the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h will happen in less than 5 s.

All versions will come with the 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission apart from the GLC 350 e 4MATIC Coupé, which uses the 7G-TRONIC PLUS transmission. Deliveries will start in the third quarter of 2016.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.