The wait is over as Mercedes has finally joined BMW at the crazy house with a crossover coupe of its own in the form of the GLC Coupe. As expected, the move from concept to production sees a few minor changes, including a slight downsizing, but for the most part, the production model carries nearly all of the concept’s styling cues.
When sat side by side with the base GLC, the coupe is 3.2 inches longer and 1.2 inches lower, putting it at 186.2 inches long and 63 inches tall. Other than the rear-headroom-limiting dropping roofline, the coupe model also sets itself apart from the standard GLC with its single-louver grille and less steeply raked A-pillars. Helping add a sportier look to the coupe are its optional LED headlights and wheel sizes that stretch all the way to 21 inches.
On the inside, the GLC Coupe is virtually indistinguishable from the base GLC, though Mercedes claims there are differences in their dashboards. To help spruce up the cabin a bit, there is an available Interior Sport Package. For the AMG GLC43 Coupe, this package adds MB-Tex and Dinamica-wrapped seats and available sport seats with bi-color leather. On the standard GLC300 Coupe, this package adds a flat-bottom steering wheel, rubber-studded pedals, and AMG floor mats.
The GLC Coupe will come it two flavors initially. The base GLC300 Coupe will feature a 241-horsepower 2.0-liter while the AMG GLC43 uses a 3.0-liter biturbo V-6 with 362 horsepower. Both versions come with a nine-speed auto transmission. The GLC300 also comes standard with 4MATIC all-wheel drive.
Mercedes expects to have the GLC Coupe in stores by early 2017. Pricing will arrive closer to this date.