Based on the standard Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV and previewed by a 2015 concept car, the 2017 GLC Coupe has just been revealed in production guise at the 2016 New York Auto Show. Just like its big brother, it will be offered with different powerplants depending on the continent it is being sold on.
In the U.S., the funky-looking crossover will only get two engines in the beginning, both being paired with 4Matic all-wheel-drive and the 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission.
The base GLC300 Coupe 4Matic is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers 241 hp, while the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe 4Matic is equipped with a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that outputs 362 hp. The warm-AMG models can apparently hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 5 seconds, making it a direct rival to the BMW X4 M40i.
In Europe, the model will initially come in only three guises. The base diesel model is the GLC 220 d 4Matic Coupe, which is powered by the old 2.1-liter turbodiesel with 170 hp and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque, while the GLC 250 d 4Matic Coupe adds an extra sequential turbo for 204 hp and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque.
The only gasoline engine available when the model goes on sale will be found under the GLC 250 4Matic Coupe's hood. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is essentially a detuned version of the one found in the American GLC 300, and it offers 211 hp and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque.
By the end of 2016, the new Mercedes crossover will also get a plug-in hybrid version in the shape of the GLC 350 e 4Matic Coupe, whose power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and an electric motor that delivers a total output of 320 hp.
A V8-powered full-blown AMG model should arrive sometime in 2017, but until then, the GLC43 will try its best battling with the BMW X4 M40i.
Everything else about the new GLC Coupe is almost identical to its GLC brother, with only a couple of memorable exceptions. The luggage compartment is obviously smaller, though still the biggest in its segment at 491 liters (17.3 cu ft), while the rear seats are no longer for the tallest passengers out there.
Mercedes-Benz also says that the steering and suspension have been specially tuned for the model, offering slightly sportier credentials compared to the regular GLC.
There is no pricing available yet, but the European version should go on sale by the end of the year, while the U.S. model will reach showrooms in early 2017.