The Mercedes GLC Coupe SUV gets a mid-life facelift, with slightly tweaked styling, new engines and Mercedes’s latest infotainment system
Mercedes has released a facelifted version of the GLC Coupe, pulling its styling, engines and technology in line with the firm’s recently-refreshed GLC SUV. When it reaches the UK later this year it sole opposition will be the BMW X4.
At a glance, its exterior looks almost identical to the model it replaces. However, Mercedes has given the GLC Coupe a subtle range of styling updates such as a new front bumper, a new grille, a redesigned diffuser and a fresh pair of exhaust tips.
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Mercedes’s revisions to the GLC Coupe’s interior are much more involved, with a redesigned dashboard, a reworked centre console, an air-vent design borrowed from the new A-Class, a tweaked multifunction steering wheel and the firm’s latest MBUX infotainment system.
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The new MBUX multimedia system replaces the old GLC’s ageing ‘Command’ setup. It consists of a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.25-inch centre-mounted display and a multifunctional touchpad mounted on the transmission tunnel. Voice and gesture control also feature.
From launch, the new GLC Coupe will be available with five engines: two are mild-hybrid petrols and three are regular diesels. All models will be fitted as standard with Mercedes’s 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system.
The entry-level petrol-hybrid, badged GLC 200, combines a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol with a 48-volt electric starter-generator for a combined output of 192bhp and 320Nm of torque. Economy is a claimed 38.1mpg, while CO2 emissions stand at 165g/km.
Stepping up the range, the GLC 300 comes with the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder from the new Mercedes C-Class, producing 254bhp and 370Nm of torque. It’s also fitted with a 48-volt belt-driven starter-generator and claims the same economy and emissions figures as the GLC 200.
The GLC Coupe’s diesel options open with the 200d; a 1.6-litre twin-turbocharged four-cylinder producing 158bhp and 360Nm of torque. Like the rest of the GLC’s diesel range, it complies with Euro 6d standards thanks to a diesel oxidation catalytic converter, a particulate filter and AdBlue injection.
Currently, the diesel range is topped by the GLC 220d and the GLC 300d, both of which use a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. The former produces 189bhp and 400Nm of torque, while the latter musters a claimed 238bhp and 500Nm of torque.
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The GLC Coupe’s facelift is completed with a suite of new driver assistance technology, a revised version of Mercedes’s ‘Dynamic Body Control’ adjustable dampers, optional air suspension and the optional ‘Energising Comfort Control’ package, which automatically tailors the GLC’s interior lighting, climate control and seat massagers to the driver’s mood.
Prices for the new GLC Coupe are yet to be announced. However, the current model starts from around £42,000, and we’re expecting a similar entry-point for the updated version.
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