Mercedes GLC Coupe (2016) spied once more: Merc's going X4 chasing!

Published: 15 March 2016

► Mercedes GLC Coupe spied
► It’s Daimler’s BMW X4 rival
► Another New York show debut 

Fresh spyshots have surfaced of the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe – a fastback, coupe-inspired crossover to challenge the BMW X4. It’s a week before the car is unveiled at the 2016 New York motor show.

The new images give us our clearest look yet at the not-very-thoroughly disguised Coupe filling up on diesel during cold-weather testing in Sweden.

It’s clear to see that Daimler is fast cottoning on to the opportunities proffered by the more sporting SUV mash-ups; it’s already deployed an M-class-replacing GLE Coupe to showrooms and the smaller GLC – the successor to the GLK – will be next.

CAR’s already driven the regular, high-roofed Mercedes GLC – click here for our online review.

Mercedes GLC Coupe: the swoopier GLK follow-up

This car follows the concept shown at the 2015 Shanghai motor show. Mercedes openly hinted that it would launch such a car for real and now we can see they weren’t joking. It’s aimed at those wanting more of the style of a coupe but with the raised ride height, larger boot and 4wd architecture of an SUV.

Underpinning both GLC bodystyles is four-wheel-drive architecture and optional air suspension (unique in the sector) nabbed from the C- and E-class ranges, including greater use of aluminium to save around 80kg from the kerb weight. No rear-wheel drive models have been confirmed yet, but engineers have told CAR magazine that it would be a simple, CO2-saving move to launch one should the market demand it.

See the new Mercedes GLC Coupe in 2016

When can I buy the Merc GLC Coupe?

The mainstream, high-roof GLC range went on sale in October 2015, priced from £34,950. Expect to see the coupe spied here to follow suit at the end of 2016, powered by a similar range of mostly four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines (straight sixes will follow once they premiere in new 2016 E-class). The engine line-up is expected to reflect the regular GLC, which means it’ll go something like this:

  • GLC 220d 4Matic 168bhp, 8.3sec 0-62mph, 56mpg, from 129g/km CO2
  • GLC 250d 4Matic 201bhp, 7.6sec 0-62mph, 56mpg, from 129g/km CO2
  • GLC 250 4Matic 208bhp, 7.3sec 0-62mph, 43mpg, from 143g/km CO2 (Continent only)
  • GLC 350e 4Matic plug-in hybrid 5.9sec 0-62mph, 21-mile zero-emissions range, 60g/km CO2

Just remember the lower roofline will likely impinge on headroom and bootspace; while the regular GLC has a roomy passenger compartment and 580 litres of loadbay, we expect both figures will shrink with this more swoopy bodystyle. The interior is expected to be a carbon copy of the one already seen on the regular high-roof GLC (pictured below), non-retractable multimedia screen and all.

Click here for CAR magazine’s exclusive one-to-one interview with Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, in which he explains why the company is investing in more and more crossovers and SUVs.

Mercedes GLC cabin

By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, motoring news magnet