Mercedes-Benz has released its first official images of the latest addition to its GLC SUV range – the sporty GLC Coupé.
A year after the appearance of a GLC Coupé concept in Shanghai, the production model combines the familiar stretched roofline of a coupe with a height of 1.6 metres to go head-to head with BMW’s X4 when it arrives in showrooms this autumn.
Sports suspension, direct sports steering, Mercedes’ Benz’s Dynamic Select system, 4Matic permanent all-wheel-drive and a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission are all part of the vehicle’s standard make-up.
Two suspension variants will be offered, with Air Body Control multi-chamber air suspension also available.
Gorden Wagener, head of design at Daimler AG, said: “The GLC Coupé reflects our iconic Mercedes-Benz coupé design while symbolising the bipolarity of our brand – it is ‘hot and cool’.”
The most aerodynamic GL-Class creation, the GLC Coupé has a cd value of 0.31, an element which helps the model achieve CO emissions of between 59 and 64g/km in GLC 350 e 4MATIC Coupé plug-in hybrid form.
The 316bhp derivative is capable of accelerating to 62mph in 5.9 seconds and cover up to 18.6 miles on EV power alone, according to Mercedes-Benz.
It comes as part of an eight-variant line-up which ranges from the 168bhp four-cylinder turbodiesel-engined GLC 220d Coupé, which claims 55.4mpg fuel economy and an 8.3 second dash to 62mph, to a 367bhp GLC 43 Coupé which is set to arrive later this year.
All GLC Coupé’s feature 18-ins alloy wheels, the chrome package with visible exhaust tips, Audio 20 CD multimedia system, reversing camera, keyless engine starting and upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather.
Also included as standard are safety systems such as Collision Prevention Assistant Plus, Crosswind Assist, Headlamp Assist, Attention Assist and ESP with Dynamic Cornering Assist.