Soon after the launch of the facelifted GLC, Mercedes introduced the updated Coupe model too. Now while the previous Coupe was offered as an AMG model, this new one comes in as regular car, with two engine options: a 300 4Matic petrol and a 300d 4Matic diesel. SUV-coupes are slowly becoming popular and the GLC Coupe takes on the BMW X4. And while the AMG version was an import, the updated models are locally assembled.
On the outside, the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe gets new inserts for the headlamps, which are multibeam LED units that automatically adjust the light throw. Unlike the GLC SUV, the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe gets a single bar along with a diamond head pattern grille. The bumper has been retained from the regular SUV and features cladding on the lower half. Along the sides, it gets the slim running boards and it gets full-chrome surrounds for the window trim. It also sports 19-inch alloy wheels, while the rear sports stylish tail lights with a pattern similar to the ones on the GLC SUV and GLE.
Even the interior of the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe gets a mild makeover; the first feature that needs a mention is the new Mercedes MBUX connectivity system that gets connected car experience with an on-board SIM. This system is smooth and user-friendly and comes with a touch-sensitive pad in the central console, while a pair of mini touch-pads are found on the steering wheel, plus there’s a 10.25-inch screen.
Everything works efficiently; you also get the new ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice command assistant, which means you get a hands-free experience. It also features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity and built-in navigation. You also get wireless charging. Mercedes-Benz Cars have included a digital instrument cluster, so the Coupe features on-screen simulated dials that can be adjusted depending on your preference and driving mode.
The driver’s seat gets a memory function and comfort inside is on-point. Even the rear seat is comfortable and offers great support for the back. Headroom might be an issue for tall occupants. The boot is quite spacious since the spare tyre lies beneath the floor.
The diesel it is
Mercedes-Benz Cars have equipped the Coupe with two engines: a petrol and a diesel unit. The 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine produces 246bhp and 270Nm of torque, while the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine makes 241bhp and 500Nm of torque; both engines are BS6-compliant. We drove the diesel model of the two and found refinement to be excellent. You don’t feel much vibration and noise is well contained too. Rev it however, and it does get noisy, but not unbearably so. Power delivery is linear and it pulls all the way up to 4500rpm with the 9-speed automatic transmission up-shifting effortlessly. The ‘box shifts smoothly but isn’t particularly quick. It manages to sprint from 0-100kph in 6.6 seconds.
Ride in silence
The company has worked on softer suspension and they do a good job in soaking in the rough stuff in silence. As the speeds increase, there is some float and it isn’t one of those SUVs that loves corners. Thanks to the driving modes on offer, the steering weighs up well at high speeds and remains light at low speeds.
GLC SUV or GLC Coupe?
The GLC isn’t particularly roomy or practical, plus it misses out on the fun factor of the previous AMG model. However, if you’ve always wanted an SUV that’s much more affordable, then the GLC Coupe is a perfect buy. It’s sportier than the GLC SUV, packs in more performance and features as well. In the end, it’s completely your choice – GLC SUV or GLC Coupe; you decide which fits your needs more.