The 2017 Mercedes GLC Coupe will arrive in Australia in November this year priced from $77,100. At launch, three four-cylinder models will be offered, with hotter AMG powertrains to follow.
Competing with the BMW X4 and Range Rover Evoque, the GLC Coupe is a more rakishly-styled variant of the best-selling Mercedes GLC SUV.
Daimler’s head of design Gorden Wagener has described the fastback exterior as an embodiment of the ‘hot and cool’ bipolarity currently influencing Mercedes styling.
Petrol and diesel power will be available and the GLC Coupe will only be offered with 4MATIC all-wheel-drive.
Equipment is more generous than the more upright GLC, as it should be – the ‘coupe’ body style is about an $11,000 upgrade.
All GLC Coupes are specified with an AMG Line exterior body style, 20-inch AMG wheels, LED headlights and a Diamond grille, with sports suspension – air suspension is optional.
Inside, there’s open pore wood trim, Garmin navigation, a 360-degree camera, and a powered tailgate standard.
Boot space of 500 litres is just 50 litres off the standard car. That expands to 1,400 litres with the back seats folded.
The entry-level car is the GLC 220 d ($77,100), which uses a single turbo diesel four making 125kW and 400Nm.
Stepping up to the sole petrol at launch, the GLC 250 ($80,100), buys the quickest of the three with outputs of 155kW and 350Nm.
The top-spec diesel is the twin-turbo GLC 250 d ($82,100), making 150kW and a stout 500Nm of torque.
Both ‘250’ spec cars add full leather trim, keyless entry and start, and an additional driver assistance package.
Safety equipment is generous on all models, though, with nine airbags complemented by standard blind spot assistance, autonomous emergency braking, attention assist, and a pedestrian-aiding active bonnet.in-turbo diesel four making 150kW and 500Nm.
The three launch engines will be in local Mercedes dealers come November. Following next year will be a twin-turbo petrol V6 AMG GLC 43 Coupe, and a four-litre biturbo V8 AMG GLC 63 Coupe.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe: Australian price
- GLC 220 d Coupe: $77,100
- GLC 250 Coupe: $80,100
- GLC 250 d Coupe: $82,100
Prices listed are the Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price, excluding deliver delivery and on-road costs.