Mercedes Benz’s sexy GLC Coupe has received a facelift makeover with design, features and technical enhancement designed to take the fight to the BMW X4 and the anticipated Audi Q4.
Mercedes claims the GLC has the sportiness of a Coupe and the practicality of an SUV and with the facelift, this has been enhanced. Starting off with the design, the front gets redesigned standard-fit LED High-Performance headlamps and a diamond radiator grille with integrated star and single louvre typical of a coupé. New design air intakes adorn the lower parts of the bumper whilst the front and rear underride guards are finished in chrome.
The side retains the sloping roofline typical of Coupe SUVs for a sexy look with the chrome strip on the high beltline, muscular shoulders and the A-pillars have a more pronounced slope, which lowers the roof silhouette. Expect 18-inch to 20-inch wheel sizes depending on model spec with AMG Line models getting the larger sized wheels. The rear lights have been redesigned with LED technology standard and chrome accents placed above the clusters. The lower rear bumper has been redesigned with exhaust housing also getting the redesign treatment. There should still be varying exterior trim models ranging from standard Exclusive to AMG Line.
The interior retains the dashboard and centre console design and layout, why mess with a great layout. There is a new leather-wrapped steering wheel that operates the Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and the Touch Control buttons for controlling the instrument cluster and the infotainment system. The multifunctional touchpad on the centre console has been improved with rotary pushbutton replaced. The infotainment system has larger touchscreen displays. The instrument cluster gains a 12.3-inch digital screen that shows speed, rev counter and other infotainment views depending on the driver set up. There is the optional gesture control with the Interior Assistant and the famous voice control, using the “Hey Mercedes” prompt.
Engine options globally have petrol engines that are now electrified by the integration of a 48-volt on-board electrical system (EQ Boost) that add 10kW/150Nm to the Turbo powered engines. Diesel engines already meet the requirements of the Euro 6d standard.
GLC 200 4Matic has a 145kW/320Nm engine claimed to consume 7.4l/100km, 169 Co2 emissions. The GLC 300 4Matic has a 190kW/390Nm engine claimed to consume 7.4l/100km, 169 Co2 emissions.
GLC 200d has a 120kW/360Nm engine claimed to consume 5.5l/100km, 145 Co2 emissions. The GLC 220d has a 143kW/400Nm engine claimed to consume 5.5l/100km. The GLC 300d has a 180kW/500Nm engine claimed to consume 5.8l/100km, 153 Co2 emissions.
As an alternative to the standard sports suspension with adaptive damping, DYNAMIC BODY CONTROL with adjustable dampers for the steel springs on the front and rear axle is available as an option. AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension is also available as an option. Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and Active Steer Assist provide even more comfortable support to help the driver to keep a safe distance and steer.
The facelift GLC Coupe range will also be joined by the facelift GLC SUV range locally in 2019 with pricing and specifications available closer to launch.