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Mercedes brings swoopy-coupe styling to GLC-Class

Addiction to half-coupe, half-SUV models is a very real thing. BMW first fell when it released the X6, a crossover very similar to the larger X5, but with a swoopier rear-end that, while attractive, cut into cargo space and headroom. Mercedes followed with the GLE and GLE Coupe. But BMW did it again with the smaller X3, creating the X4. And thus, Mercedes must do the same, releasing the GLC-Class Coupe.

The differences between the GLC-Class and the GLC-Class Coupe, shown off at the New York International Auto Show, are largely cosmetic. The rear end has been shaped similarly to the GLE-Class Coupe and the S-Class Coupe before it, and the body is 3.2 inches longer and 1.6 inches lower than the regular GLC. Otherwise, the two cars share the same underpinnings. Their powertrains and equipment loadouts are damn near exactly the same.

The GLC Coupe will be offered in two distinct trim levels, GLC300 and Mercedes-AMG GLC43. The GLC300 packs a 241-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and the GLC43 wields a 362-horsepower, twin-turbo six-cylinder engine. Both cars feature a nine-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive. That's another difference between coupe and non-coupe -- the GLC-Class offers rear-wheel drive in the GLC300, whereas the coupe does not.


Even in the base model, there's plenty of impressive equipment. Keyless access, a power driver's seat, a backup camera and automated emergency braking are all included with the GLC. The GLC43 adds a sportier suspension. Both models can equip Mercedes-Benz's excellent suite of active safety systems, including a full-speed adaptive cruise control with steering assist.

Both GLC Coupe variants will arrive at dealerships in early 2017, though pricing information is not yet finalized.


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