Mercedes has just unveiled a new generation of GLC but as we all know, something is still missing from the range. The coupe SUV bodystyle variant, known as the GLC Coupe, will live to see another generation, as evidenced by our recent spy shots from Europe.
Just like its predecessor, the new GLC coupe will share many body panels with regular GLC, excluding the redesigned tail. SUV buyers have one thing for the sloping roof line, especially in the premium segment where almost all automakers offer the same.
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The prototype was covered by camouflage but nothing could hide the coupe-style roof with an integrated rear spoiler with new rear windshield. Thin LED taillights seem to be unique to the GLC coupe, although their exterior shape is likely to be similar to that of the regular GLC.
We don’t talk much about the front edge because it should be identical to the non-coupe siblings. Still, Mercedes took the time to disguise it. For the greenhouse, like the current model, the more style-driven GLC coupe gets its mojo from the steeply sloping roof line at the back. Last but not least, Coupe has inherited the cleaner surfacing of the new GLC, adding to its camouflage prototypes aimed at confusing us despite having the wrong dynamic line.
The interior with 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 11.9-inch infotainment screen, optional color heads-up display and full dashboard will be carried from GLC. Limited headroom for rear passengers and slightly shorter boots which will be different. Leaving some practicality for extra style and better aerodynamics is not a problem for the target group.
Like the mechanically-related C-Class and GLC, the GLC coupe will be offered exclusively with a four-cylinder engine. The lineup will include a number of electrifying options, from entry-level mild-hybrid engines to AMG to plug-in hybrid performance flagship (no more V8 for GLC 63).
The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe 2023 model is expected to debut before the end of the year. Rivals include the BMW X4, Audi Q5 Sportback, and the North American Infiniti QX 55. The GLC coupe will probably be a bit more expensive than the GLC’s equivalent.