9/3/16

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe – No Coupe Here!



The folks at Mercedes-Benz HQ in Stuttgart truly have no regard whatsoever for automotive naming convention.  Not only are there four doors plus a hatchback on the GLC Coupe, but it is not even a car…!

SUV...?   Crossover…?  Eh…
So what do we really have here?  Let’s start with Mercedes’ recently introduced GLC mid-sized SUV.  A well designed and engineered vehicle getting a substantial amount of kudos from the automotive press.  Now let’s chop the rear roofline down and lower the thing a bit in the name of sport and style. 

Actually, I place much blame on MB’s rival, BMW.  A while back, BMW created this sport SUV niche with the creation of the X6, based on their “normal” X5 SUV.  Mercedes followed with their GLE Coupe, based on the GLE SUV.  BMW fires back with the X4, based on the mid-sized X3.  MB now returns fire with the GLC Coupe. 
Sheesh…!

There will be two flavors of the GLC Coupe, the first being the 4-cylinder powered base model with 241-hp and 273 lb-ft of torque.  This is the same engine proliferating the C-Class and GLC lineup.  A 9-speed transmission shifts the gears, driving the 4Matic all-wheel drive.  All of the usual Mercedes tech bits are either standard or can be had with a check of the right boxes on the order form.  The next step up in performance will be the AMG GLC 43 (pictured), from the Benz performance wing.  This will bump you up to a V6 biturbo engine spitting out 362-hp, 384 lb-ft of torque, and several speeding tickets…!
GLC Coupe interior bits are lifted from the C-Class and GLC, meaning you get one of the best driving environments in the class. 

To my eyes the GLC Coupe is the best realization of this aesthetically challenged class of SUV, certainly better proportioned than their larger GLE Coupe.  I suspect you will see a sampling of this new buggy at your favorite high-profile valet stand in the near future. 
Due in showrooms early next year, if a sporty hauler is your thing, the GLC Coupe is definitely worth a look…

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