The Mercedes GLC Coupé, a BMW X4 rival, is expected to be unveiled at the New York motor show tomorrow
22 March 2016

The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé is expected to be unveiled at the New York motor show tomorrow, and the manufacturer has released a teaser image of its all-new model.

Testing of the GLC Coupé is well underway ahead of the BMW X4 rival's expected launch in the fourth quarter of this year.

First ride with the GLC Coupé

Through the minimal disguise, the car can be seen sporting a similar rear-end design to the bigger GLE Coupé, with similar lights and a strip, likely to be finished in chrome, across the rear of the car. The front-end treatment follows that of the GLC, while the roofline tapers down before a small lip spoiler completes the rear deck. 

The near-complete appearance of this GLC Coupé test mule tells us that a debut isn’t far off; we expect the car to make its debut at the New York motor show later this month.

Previous spy shots showed a GLC Coupé test mule out with the standard GLC.

New York update: The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé officially revealed in the Big Apple

A Mercedes spokesperson suggested that the concept, which was revealed at the Shanghai motor show last year, is more similar to the production version than the spy shots we’ve seen so far would suggest. The disguised GLC Coupé has the same swooping roof design as the concept, but with smaller wheels, and it features a similar front to its GLC sibling, aside from a different grille. 

Engines for the GLC Coupé will be shared with the regular GLC, although Mercedes would not specify which engines would make it across. The GLC Coupé’s larger sibling, the GLE Coupé, carries over one petrol and one diesel V6 from its namesake, so it’s likely that one petrol and one diesel four-cylinder unit will be used in the GLC Coupé.

No official measurements for the production version are available, but at 4727mm long, 2000mm wide and 1593mm tall, the GLC Coupé concept was 57mm longer, 120mm wider and 28mm lower than the X4.

It also rode on a wheelbase that was 17mm longer than the BMW’s, at 2827mm. Compared with the outgoing GLK, it was 192mm longer, 160mm wider and 77mm lower.

The sporting SUV had a modified version of Mercedes’ modular high-strength steel MRA platform, as found beneath the latest C-Class. It was allied to aluminium-intensive suspension that uses a combination of double wishbones up front and multi-links at the rear.

Although it has not been officially confirmed, Autocar can reveal that production versions of the new swoopy-styled GLC Coupé will have the option of rear air springs, following the lead taken by the C-Class.

Power for the concept came from a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, one of a number of units that will be made available in the GLC and GLC Coupé, according to senior Mercedes sources.

The twin-turbo V6 kicks out 362bhp and 383lb ft of torque - 60bhp and 88lb ft more than the most powerful petrol-powered X4 model, the xDrive35i.

This particular engine is set to power a GLC450 Coupé AMG model, in line with moves made with the larger GLE450 Coupé Sport shown in 2015.

Channelling these reserves to all four wheels is Mercedes’ new nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox and 4Matic four-wheel drive system.

Officials revealed in Shanghai that the company’s SUV line-up would eventually extend to seven models.

Included are the GLA, GLC, GLC Coupé, GLE, GLE Coupé, GLS and traditional G-Class, which is set to be substantially updated in 2017.

We put the Mercedes-Benz GLC crossover through its paces in our full review

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1 April 2015
Anyone else see a distinctive Volvo look about this sketch?

19 April 2015
Sketch was OK, but final result is awful. What has happened to MB design?

1 April 2015
Tom you article states " The new GLC Coupé is the first model that Mercedes is offering in the four-door coupé SUV category" I think the GLE already on sale is the first offering in 4 door SUV catogry! or do you not class the ML class as SUV? because they are not true off roaders as G-class or Defender would be..I class any vehicle designed for on road with some off road capability as an SUV. Looking forward to the MLC launch actually think it will be the first merc SUV to be a nice exterior design front and backside, ..it maybe my next purchase if they get the deisgn right, it obvioulsy going to have a very similar interior to the c-class which I find extremely appealing. No matter how mcuh I like the Merc brand I just can't get over how horrible the rear lights are on the current ML..I don't even like the current X5 rear...how do these thinsg get signed off! Surely ugly is ugly.. if it doesnt look good make sure it does before you launch the bloody car!.. confuses me how these things happen!

1 April 2015
How many models does Merc need to have on the market? Its getting out of control and frankly I can't believe they can afford to manufacture this number of models.

2 April 2015
gillmanjr wrote:
How many models does Merc need to have on the market? Its getting out of control and frankly I can't believe they can afford to manufacture this number of models.
Why is it different from any other big premium manufacture? Mercedes do it under one brand name that it, using scalable platform sharing... VAG group do it under about 5 brand names- Audi, Volkswagen, SEAT, Lamborghini, Bentley using essentially same platform, part bins etc.. etc.. BMW to do it under BMW,BMW i, Rollys Royce and MINI.

29 August 2015
gillmanjr wrote:
How many models does Merc need to have on the market? Its getting out of control and frankly I can't believe they can afford to manufacture this number of models.
they only have 3 architecture platforms so it is relatively cheap, plus all 'A' models are co-developed with Renault now.

19 April 2015
Why this continuing fascination with tall-bodied cars with reduced headroom? What's the rationale behind it? How do the two contradictory ideas go together?

19 April 2015
Whoopie-doo, another coupé on stilts.

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

19 April 2015
If Tonka toys made cars it would probably look like this. Will there be a tipper truck to follow without the rear seats?

19 April 2015
With regard to this GLC, "Top Gear" asks, "Will the onslaught of coupe-SUVs ever end?" ANS: No. People have discovered the benefits of AWD, sitting upright, great storage/hauling capability, and having good visibility. Why get sedans anymore? ====================

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