Following on from the launch of the all-new GLC mid-size SUV in Ireland last December, Mercedes-Benz will launch a sportier GLC Coupé here in September.
The new GLC Coupé will sit alongside the GLC, and join a family of models built on the C-Class platform including the C-Class saloon, estate, coupé and cabriolet.
In a similar vein to the GLE Coupé, which followed the launch of the GLE SUV last year, the GLC Coupé is a niche model for the SUV customer who wants a sportier, more stylish version of the GLC.
The new Coupé is very similar to the GLC but is actually a few centimetres longer and lower, and of course more coupé styled with sloping roofline, short rear overhang and single-louvre grille with star inset and sparkling diamond-finished backing panel.
According to Mercedes-Benz, passenger space is on a par with the GLC with entrance height, shoulder, elbow and legroom all identical. There is 491 litres of boot space, which can extend to 1400 litres.
The new Coupé will be manufactured by Mercedes-Benz in eight engine variants – 4 petrol and 4 diesels – all EU6 emissions standards compliant, though the GLC 200d Coupé and GLC 220d Coupé will be most suited to the Irish market.
Nine-speed automatic transmission and sports suspension are standard across the range, as is more direct sports steering. Permanent all-wheel drive is standard on the 220d.
Full price and specifications for Ireland will be announced closer to launch but it is likely that the new Coupé will launch with a price of around €60,000 and Mercedes-Benz Ireland promise a high level of standard specification.