Future Models - Mercedes-Benz 2016 GLC Coupe
New York show: Mercedes teases GLC Coupe
AMG whizz: A single teaser image is hinting that a more performance-focused variant will join the GLC-Coupe range, following its official unveiling this week.
Teaser sketch suggests hot AMG version of imminent Mercedes GLC Coupe
22 March 2016
MERCEDES-BENZ is maintaining the hype campaign of its imminent GLC Coupe,
releasing another teaser sketch via social media ahead of the model’s official
debut at the New York motor show this week.
Like previously released sketches, the latest image showcases the GLC Coupe’s
more elegant roofline while maintaining SUV proportions, but the new rendering
appears to confirm a hotter Mercedes-AMG version is also in the pipeline.
With unfeasibly large wheels, bigger air vents, a deeper front bumper and the
esteemed AMG badges applied to both registration plate and grille, it is likely
the GLC Coupe will be offered as an AMG GLC43, in addition to more sedate
The GLC Coupe’s more conventionally profiled sibling has already been revealed
wearing sportier AMG gear and with a turbocharged V6 powertrain, so the version
teased here is most likely its coupe equivalent.
However, the mysterious car could be an even more potent GLC63 version, which
will borrow the C-Class-based C63 and AMG GT turbo V8. The flagship version was
confirmed for the GLC by Mercedes-Benz head of sales and product marketing
Matthias Luhrs last year, but is yet to be officially uncovered.
With a mid-sized SUV coupe in its arsenal, Mercedes will be able to face up to
BMW’s X4, but an AMG variant would be a direct shot across the bow of the X4
M40i, which carries the performance flag for the BMW range.
No technical details were revealed with the image, but a short post on the
German car-maker’s social media channel touted the model to be “the sportscar
among the SUVs”, suggesting the vehicle will be a more driver-focused version
with extra mumbo.
Under the spicy AMG version, the GLC Coupe is likely to be offered with the
same range of engines currently available in the GLC, including a 2.0-litre
four-cylinder diesel and a turbocharged petrol with the same displacement and
number of cylinders.
Modest off-road ability is expected courtesy of Mercedes’ 4Matic
four-wheel-drive system, which is fed by the company’s widely used 9G-Tronic
nine-speed automatic transmission.
The GLC Coupe makes its global debut at the New York motor show this week and,
while Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific has previously said it would welcome the
new model, a local arrival date is yet to be confirmed.