The fashion of coupe-SUV, started by BMW X6 in 2008, received such a good response from the public, that created a real trend. Mercedes adopted this bridge between the two worlds, by launching the GLE coupe. Now, at NYAS, we just met the second model, the GLC Coupe.
It was designed starting from the “hot and cool” concept, blending the Mercedes’ styling with contemporary luxury. The external dimensions reveal a body with eight centimeters longer and four centimeters lower than the GLC’s one. This adds extra sportiveness and elegance to an already elegantly-designed car. It looks exactly like the smaller brother of the GLE coupe and, in my opinion, it lacks a bit of independency. Surely, it maintains the SUV’s off-road capabilities, thanks to its up-to 20 inch wheels and the generous ground clearance.
The cabin features a simple dashboard, with a aerated central console, dominated by the semi-integrated media display. Optionally, the AMG interior line, with sport seats and two color leather upholstery adds dynamism and style. The driver can choose between five driving settings, from Eco, to Sport +. The optionally-available air suspension, which can lower the ground clearance in Sport + mode, for extra grip, or soften the dampers response, for a comfy ride, in Comfort mode is unique in the segment. While loading the luggage compartment, the back of the car is lowered by 4 centimeters, for extra convenience. More, compared to the GLC SUV, the Coupe version offers a more direct steering ratio, while reducing the assistance in the Sport modes.
In spite of its large body, the drag coefficient is maintained as low as possible, thanks to the tight front gaps, redesigned underbody panels and a radiator shutter. More, the intensive use of plastic, aluminum and glass fiber maintains the total weight at just over 1.700 kg. The result is an excellent 5.0 l of fuel used at each 100 km by both diesel version, while the 211 hp gasoline one needs 7.0 l/100 km. Mercedes also offers a plug-in hybrid, displaying interesting numbers: it emits only 64 g CO2/km, while pushing the vehicle to 235 km/h. More, it is capable to cover 30 km/h using only its electric motor. We’ll be able so see them on streets starting this autumn.