Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé: the design.
“Hot and cool“.
The dynamic, expressive styling of the GLC Coupé concept was the centre of attention at its world premiere in 2015 in Shanghai. It unites the typical stylistic elements of a coupé with the design language of current SUV models. Just one year later, this promise has become a reality: the new GLC Coupé translates the design idiom of the show car, with its distinctive basic structure and stretched greenhouse, virtually unchanged into series production. “The GLC Coupé reflects our iconic Mercedes-Benz coupé design while symbolising the bipolarity of our brand – it is ‘hot and cool’”, says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Daimler AG. “With its design idiom of sensual purity, it perfectly embodies our styling philosophy while at the same time representing contemporary luxury”. The combination of multifunctional SUV and emotively appealing coupé constitutes a skilful fusion of emotion and intelligence.
With an exterior length of 4.73 metres, a height of 1.60 metres and a wheelbase of 2.87 metres, the GLC Coupé is dynamic and compact in appearance. This makes the Coupé almost eight centimetres longer and some four centimetres lower than the multi-talented GLC, with which it shares its basic architecture.
Single-louvred diamond radiator grille.
The GLC Coupé owes its distinct character to a typically coupé-esque, single-louvred diamond radiator grille and a restyled, dropping roofline. The A-pillar is less steeply raked, while the continuation of the roof outline is lower, terminating in the elegantly flowing, muscular rear end typical of a coupé. The rear window dispenses with a wiper, as the airflow does not break away until after the spoiler lip, which means that water is unable to strike the rear window. The striking features of the front end are its dominant, steeply raked diamond radiator grille with single louvre and integral star, short overhang and SUV-inspired override guard. The innovative headlamp concept, optionally in LED High Performance technology, sports the now characteristic Mercedes-Benz light signature. A striking injection of sports car genes is provided by the large lateral air inlets.
Opposing design worlds in harmony.
The perfection with which the intrinsically opposed design worlds of coupé and SUV have been brought into harmony is revealed by the side view of the 1.60-metre-high GLC Coupé with its typical, stretched roofline of a sports coupé. The squat greenhouse blends in perfectly with the side of the vehicle to underline its coupé character. The interplay between high beltline and wide shoulders results in proportions that lend the GLC Coupé its dynamic looks. This interaction is given added emphasis by the drawn-in waist between the dropping line and the lower, rearwards ascending light-catching contour. A clear clue to the vehicle’s distinctive SUV heritage is given by the optionally available side running boards. The design has also bestowed superlative aerodynamics on the new GLC Coupé. With a Cd value of 0.31 and a drag area of 2.53 m², the Coupé clearly leads its segment with Cd x A = 0.79.
Apart from the vehicle’s streamlined basic form, this exceptional aerodynamic performance also results from a host of detailed solutions, such as sealing of the radiator and headlamp surrounds, a radiator shutter and optimised underbody panelling.
Muscular rear end.
The styling of the rear end gives added emphasis to the vehicle’s coupé genes. With its pronounced shoulders, muscular bumper design with integral exhaust tips and underride guard in the form of a diffuser, the wide rear end of the GLC Coupé underlines the vehicle’s athletic looks while enabling it to hug the road. Narrow, split tail lights, a centrally positioned brand star and a sharp spoiler lip reflect a design that made its debut with the S-Class Coupé and which all Mercedes-Benz coupé models have since followed. Relocated to the lower section of the bumper, the number plate as well as the typical form of the rear window with its rounded upper area are among the further stylistic features. Like the headlamps, the night design of the LED tail lights sports the typical light signature of Mercedes-Benz.
Clear lines, puristic modernity.
Following the exterior design philosophy, the interior welcomes the occupants with typical coupé flair and a high-grade ambience. The design idiom combines sensual purity with dynamic sportiness while embodying a convincing interpretation of modern luxury. Distinctive stylistic elements of the GLC Coupé are the dashboard and the centre console with its flowing lines, a large, one-piece console panel making an elegant sweep below the semi-integrated media display from the centre air vents to the armrest. These clear lines give a feeling of spaciousness while conveying a puristic modernity.
The optionally available AMG Line interior provides a clear commitment to even greater dynamism and sportiness. This package includes, for example, sports seats with upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre with the option of sports seats with bi-colour look leather upholstery.
The new GLC Coupé impresses even in its basic equipment configuration, which includes light-alloy wheels measuring 45.7 centimetres (18 inches) in diameter, the Chrome package with visible exhaust tips and upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather. Mercedes-Benz also offers a wide selection of optional packages for its new SUV coupé. Customers can choose between AMG Line interior and exterior, EXCLUSIVE interior and Night package. A highlight in terms of both looks and driving dynamics is provided by AMG light-alloy wheels measuring 48.3 centimetres (19 inches) or 50.8 centimetres (20 inches) in diameter with mixed tyres. The attractive light-alloy wheels are available in numerous design variants. As familiar from other Mercedes-Benz models, the GLC Coupé will also be available from launch as an EDITION 1 model. Combining a series of exclusive appointments, such as AMG Line exterior, 50.8 centimetre (20-inch) AMG light-alloy wheels with mixed tyres, attractive designo paint finishes as well as bi-colour look leather upholstery, this special model turns the SUV coupé into a very special, attention-grabbing automobile.