The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé, a sportier version of the recently launched GLC compact SUV, is priced from £40,580 for the entry-level GLC 220 d model.
Aimed at the BMW X4, Porsche Macan and upcoming Jaguar F-Pace, the high-riding five-door made its public debut at the New York motor show and will initially be offered with the choice of a 2.1-litre diesel in two different states of tune. The starting price carries a premium of around £5000 over the standard GLC.
Standard equipment includes sat-nav, active park assist, keyless start, reversing camera and heated front seats, while top-spec AMG Line adds an AMG sports steering wheel and sporty styling flourishes for an extra £1495.
Originally previewed as a lightly veiled concept at last year’s Shanghai motor show, it shares the GLC’s C-Class-based underpinnings and will be produced alongside the C-Class at Mercedes’ Bremen plant in Germany.
The GLC Coupé shares its bonnet, front wings and lower door panels with the GLC, but it has new, more sporty looking bumpers, a more heavily angled windscreen, a plunging roof structure with a large liftback-style tailgate and a significantly longer rear overhang than its more practical sibling.
In addition to the basic steel spring arrangement, the GLC Coupé comes with the choice of two suspension set-ups with variable damping control, including a new steel spring Dynamic Body Control set-up and the Air Body Control system with air springs already available on the regular GLC. The Coupé also has a lower ride height than the GLC.
At 4730mm long and 1600mm high, the GLC Coupé is 60mm longer and 30mm lower than the X4. It has a wheelbase that is 60mm longer than the BMW’s, at 2870mm (the same as the GLC SUV) and rides on wheels up to 20in in diameter.
Inside, the GLC Coupé has the same C-Class-sourced interior set-up as the GLC, including a 40/20/40 split/folding rear seat.