Next-gen Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe to debut soon – bigger, more aero

While the SUV version of the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLC has made its world debut, its coupe version has yet to become a reality. But that won’t be for long as Autocar reports that the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe will make its debut mid-March.

With over 2 million Mercedes-Benz GLC units sold worldwide since its fruition in 2016, 20%, or 400,000 of the GLC units sold are of the Coupe version. Like the all-new GLC SUV, the Coupe version is also getting a thorough technology update with evolutionary changes to the exterior.

Mercedes-Benz‘s Head of Development of mid-size cars, Peter Kolb told Autocar, “The emphasis has not changed a lot. We have once again developed the new GLC Coupe to be the more dynamic model in the line-up. The difference between it and the GLC SUV is not great, but it is subtly more sporting in terms of driving characteristics.”

Among the highlights of the new GLC Coupe is its improved aerodynamics. With newly designed wing mirrors and flat panels for the underbody, the drag coefficient for the GLC Coupe has been reduced to 0.29 from 0.30. The GLC Coupe has also grown slightly, now 32 mm longer and with a 15-mm longer wheelbase.

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Inside, the all-new GLC Coupe and GLC SUV now look similar to the W206 C-Class’s cabin. The main head unit is now vertically oriented and is 11.9 inches in size. Naturally, it also gets the latest MBUX system.

As for powertrains, the GLC Coupe will reflect the SUV version’s new powertrain lineup which has been electrified. The GLC SUV is available in mild hybrid (MHEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions only.

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MHEV options are the GLC 200 and GLC 300. Both are powered by the same M254 2.0-lire turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that get assistance from a 48V mild hybrid system that gives an additional temporary boost of up to 23 hp and 200 Nm. The GLC 200’s engine makes 204 hp and 320 Nm while the GLC 300’s engine makes 258 hp and 400 Nm.

PHEV variants of the GLC SUV include the GLC 300e and GLC 400 e – the former making 313 hp and 550 Nm and the latter making 381 hp and 650 Nm. Both PHEV variants get a 31.2 kWh battery that gives a pure electric range of up to 120 km.

In Malaysia, the Mercedes-Benz GLC is currently available in its outgoing version. The GLC SUV is available as the GLC 200 (AMG Line) and GLC 300 (AMG Line). The GLC Coupe is only available as the PHEV Mercedes-Benz GLC 300e 4MATIC Coupe. All the GLC variants mentioned are assembled in Malaysia.

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