The new-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC seems to be the gift that keeps on giving – particularly if you want a broad range of mid-sized luxury SUVs.
Along with details on the new GLC range, which includes a number of petrol and diesel versions and even a plug-in hybrid model, we’ve learnt of plans for two go-fast models – the Mercedes-Benz GLC 450 AMG Sport and Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 – and now Australia looks very likely to see the addition of the all-new GLC Coupe, too.
Following its unveiling at the 2015 Shanghai motor show in concept guise, the German company confirmed it would offer the GLC Coupe alongside the new GLC SUV as a means of fighting the BMW X3 and X4 siblings, and at the launch of the latter model this week it was stated that the production GLC Coupe will go on sale in some markets in 2016.
However, Australia had not yet been discussed as part of those plans. Mercedes-Benz Australia public relations and product communications manager Jerry Stamoulis has told CarAdvice that nothing is confirmed yet, but the local arm wants it.
“It’s a model that we are very interested in. Once we receive more information we will be able to give you some specific timing and answers,” said Stamoulis.
“There’s a very good chance. If everything moves in the right direction there’s a very good chance that over the next couple of years we might see it in Australia. But timing and specific details are still in the planning stages,” he said.
While nothing has been announced in terms of model-specific details for the GLC Coupe as yet, it is expected to widely mirror the specifications of the GLC model.
As such, you can possibly expect the same diesel engine line-up – the 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbo unit which produces 125kW/400Nm in the 220d and is souped-up to 150kW/500Nm in the 250d spec.
Petrol versions will likely include the GLC250 with its 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder producing 155kW/350Nm, while the concept version featured the same powertrain as is expected to be seen in the GLC 450 AMG Sport, a 3.0-litre bi-turbo V6 engine with 270kW/520Nm, matched to a 9G nine-speed automatic transmission.
It’s all-but certain that a Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 model would follow with a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. Power outputs would likely be 350kW/650Nm in the standard model and 375kW/700Nm in the S model, should one be offered.
The GLC will include a high-tech petrol-electric plug-in hybrid 350 e version, with a 155kW/350Nm 2.0-litre engine teamed to an 85kW/340Nm electric motor and an 8.7kWh, 80Ah lithium-ion battery pack and a 7G-tronic auto. The rated system torque output is a thumping 560Nm.
In terms of its size, the GLC Coupe concept measures 4727mm long, 2151mm wide, 1593 tall and sits on a 2827mm wheelbase. This makes is a little longer and wider than a BMW X4, and about 30mm lower.