Mercedes-Benz has been leaving behind all its luxury rivals like Audi, BMW and Lexus by solid margin. The Mercedes’ C-Class, E-Class and flagship S-Class sedans have been taking the three-pointed-star automobile manufacturers at new levels. The latest addition to the family is Mercedes GLC Coupe.
The latest sedan is basically based on the GLC concept Mercedes rolled out at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show.
The Mercedes GLC Coupe will be available in the US in two forms — the GLC 300 and the high performance AMG GLC43.
“The new GLC43 Coupe is characterized by a high level of agility and sporty driving dynamics,” Mercedes Chairman Tobias Moers said in a statement to the press. “With its expressive design and high everyday practicality, the Coupe is able to appeal to new target audiences.”
At showrooms, the GLC Coupe will compete directly against BMW’s X4 — a fact Mercedes made very clear in its communications with journalists.
The Mercedes GLC Coupe and its more conventional GLC crossover sibling are both related to the company’s C-Class sedan. The three models share everything from powertrain to interiors.
The 2016 GLC300 crossover has well refined interior and high level of refinement.
Power for the GLC300 Coupe will come from a 241 horsepower, turbocharged, 2.0 inline-four-cylinder engine while the GLC 43 Coupe will get an “AMG-enhanced” 3.0 liter, twin-turbocharged V6 producing 362 hp. Both engines are hooked up to Mercedes’ 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive.
According to Mercedes, the AMG GLC43 Coupe is good for a 0-60 mph sprint in a quick 4.8 seconds and reach an electronically-limited top speed of 130 mph. Performance figures for the GLC300 Coupe have not yet been released.
And neither have the prices for both cars which will reach US showrooms in early 2017.