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.
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.
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.
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.