The Mercedes-Benz GLC vary is at present some of the necessary choices from the German luxurious carmaker in India. Earlier, in case you wanted something extra fashionable and sportier than the common GLC SUV, then you definitely needed to break the financial institution to get the performance-spec AMG 43 GLC Coupe. But, the Stuttgart-based carmaker has lastly listened to its clients, and earlier this year, we noticed the entry of the company’s first-ever non-AMG coupe SUV with the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. And it is the facelifted model of the SUV. So, does the GLC Coupe supply any worth, or is it simply the common GLC SUV with a sloping roof? We received to spend some high quality time with the automotive to search out precisely that.
Design and Styling
Now, it was BMW that began the development for Coupe SUV phase with the X6. While that design remains to be a subject of debate for a lot of, one has to agree that coupe SUVs have change into a “popular thing” now. And whereas I do favor the common GLC SUV’s design, I am unable to assist however agree that the GLC Coupe does look sportier. Upfront the dual slat grille of the GLC has been changed by way more fashionable single slate unit with diamond-stud sample, that includes the 3-point star brand on the centre. The headlamps too have been revised and those on supply listed here are multi-beam LED items, and so they additionally include LED daytime working lamps. The bumper too appears to be like extra aggressive with the massive intakes and sculpted line, whereas the massive chrome insert provides a premium contact to the design.
Engine Performance & Dynamics
Now, the mannequin we had with us was the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 d 4MATIC Coupe, which is powered by the identical 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that does obligation on the common GLC SUV. However, to match the sporty nature of this Coupe model, Mercedes has bumped the facility output right here to 241 bhp, which is 50 bhp greater than the one within the common SUV. Peak energy is now achieved at round 4200 rpm, as an alternative of 3800 rpm. Mercedes has additionally bumped the torque output by 100 Nm, so the engine now develops 500 Nm, which kicks in as early as 1600 rpm and is sustained up until 2,400 rpm. But there’s a little bit of turbo lag within the decrease revs, however when you contact the 2000 rpm mark the engine opens up and also you obtain triple-digit speeds very quickly. Of course, there’s a petrol model as effectively on supply and that too comes with a 2-litre engine which makes 255 bhp and 370-newton metre of peak torque.
Bringing all this collectively is the tried and examined 9G-tronic automated transmission, which is sort of responsive. However, if you would like a bit extra management than you’ll be able to shift to handbook mode utilizing the paddle shifters hooked up to the again of the steering wheel. The GLC Coupe additionally comes with a number of driving modes like – Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, and an Individual mode which might you customised as per your desire. In Eco and Comfort mode the facility supply is linear, and the shifts are correctly spaced out for effectivity and relaxed driving. However, if you wish to push it just a little bit then there may be the Sport and Sport Plus mode the place the shifts change into an increasing number of aggressive and they’re extra fitted to some dynamic driving. Having mentioned that, whilst you progress between totally different modes, you don’t actually discover any change is how the suspension reacts and the dampening, kind of, stays related.
Ride and Handling
The GLC 300 d 4MATIC Coupe comes with a gross weight of two,530 kg, and also you definitely really feel that bulk in decrease speeds. However, when you begin doing increased speeds the load out of the blue disappears, and even manoeuvring via site visitors turns into a cakewalk. The leather-wrapped steering wheel affords good grip and it additionally has a pleasant heft to it, aiding in exact dealing with. The suspension, then again, is sort of balanced and it could possibly deal with all of the undulations on the highway with out inflicting any form to discomfort to the automotive’s occupants. the NVH ranges too are in examine, and you do not actually really feel like you might be driving a diesel SUV.
Interior and Technology
Step inside and also you’d be welcomed by the identical cabin because the GLC SUV, nonetheless, right here the inside is available in an all-black theme, not like the twin beige and black remedy of the previous. And frankly, the black remedy goes effectively with the coupe SUV’s sporty character. Other related parts embody the ten.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, the silver air-con vents, and the flowing centre console that comes with a darkish wooden trim design sample, together with a wi-fi charger, and a big glove field. It additionally options the very acquainted trackpad on the centre console, which has good haptic suggestions. The SUV additionally comes with 5 USB charging ports, 3 up entrance and a couple of on the again, however all are Type-C ports, however at present not all telephones get a Type-C to Type-C cable in order that might be a little bit of inconvenience. At the rear, you may have a 12-volt port beneath the AC vents.
Among the brand new options, the 2020 GLC Coupe now comes with a totally digital instrument cluster that may be managed through one of many touch-sensitive controls on leather-wrapped steering wheel, which additionally has cruise management buttons. The instrument cluster itself affords you a tonne of data like speedometer, odometer, maps, tyre stress, distance to empty and extra. You may also choose between three totally different interfaces. At the rear, you get 3-point seatbelts and adjustable headrest for all three passengers, however we really feel it is extra fitted to simply two passengers and a perhaps a toddler. However, you do get a foldable central armrest with retractable cup holders, and curler sunblinds for the rear home windows that make the experience that rather more handy. Additionally, you additionally get an electrical sunroof and ambient lights.
The GLC additionally comes with Mercedes-Benz’s newest, AI-enabled, MBUX infotainment system that capabilities as your personal assistant. The system might be managed through the touchscreen show, the trackpad, or utilizing the touch-sensitive controls on the steering wheel. That’s not sufficient? Mercedes additionally lets you management the system utilizing the Me Mercedes cell application or through the use of voice command with the wake-up command – “Hey, Mercedes”. So you’ll be able to merely ask your automotive to vary the AC temperature, or regulate the audio quantity and ambient lighting, and even ask climate standing amongst different such capabilities.
As a part of security tech, the GLC Coupe comes with Mercedes-Benz’s PRE-SAFE system which features a bunch of sensors that carry out capabilities like closing the facet home windows or panoramic roof robotically when detecting a collision, or the seat belts might be electrically pretensioned in hazardous conditions, and different such options that hold the occupants protected. Additionally, the SUV additionally comes with 7 airbags, Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC and tyre stress monitoring system. The coupe SUV additionally options rain-sensing wipers, ISOFIX baby seat mounts, rear parking digital camera with a 360-degree view, and hotkeys for SOS and emergency name system.
Price & Verdict
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe is obtainable in each petrol and diesel variations, that are priced at ₹ 62.70 lakh and ₹ 63.70 lakh (ex-showroom India), respectively. This makes it as much as ₹ 9.50 lakh costlier than the common GLC SUV, on the similar time ₹ 13 lakh cheaper than the efficiency spec AMG GLC 43 Coupe. As for competitors, its closest rival is the BMW X4, which does include a extra highly effective diesel engine, however it’s over ₹ 4 lakh costlier than the GLC Coupe. So, in a nutshell, the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe is an possibility price contemplating for anybody who desires one thing sportier and extra highly effective than a GLC SUV, but one thing that not an outright efficiency SUV just like the AMG 43. Basically, an ideal center floor.