The name of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe is misleading, as the car can be better understood as an SUV with a coupe-like profile. More importantly, it also delivers the kind of speed and agility you’d expect from a coupe.
For most vehicles sized similarly to the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe, putting a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine under the hood is a very popular option across the industry, and the German manufacturer saw no fault in doing the same here. But one of the common shortcomings of these vehicles is that they rarely produce enough power relative to their weight, and this is where the GLC Coupe differs. Using a turbocharger, rapid-multispark ignition and high-pressure Direct Injection, the four-cylinder generates 241 horsepower and delivers all of its 273 lb-ft of torque at only 1,300 rpm. Along with 4MATIC® all-wheel-drive, that makes the GLC Coupe one of the quickest vehicles in its class.
So why a coupe? With its slimmer design and subsequently lower weight, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe instantly gains some benefits, like improved fuel efficiency, better maneuverability in congested areas and more responsive handling on curvy roads — or at the track. This is all amplified by the vehicle’s excellent four-wheel multilink suspension, which takes all of the unpleasantness out of the road surface while providing excellent cornering grip. The available, height-adjusting AIR BODY CONTROL suspension takes it up another notch and can be adjusted on the fly via the DYNAMIC SELECT knob in the cockpit, which also controls other performance variables like throttle and transmission response.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe is at the forefront of automotive innovation, particularly with regards to safety technology. Between cameras, radar and other devices, an entire team of systems monitor your surroundings with better awareness than a single human being could ever manage. For example, standard Crosswind Assist detects strong side winds and uses the brakes and AIR BODY CONTROL suspension to keep the car stabilized. And that’s just one of more than a dozen features — including DISTRONIC PLUS® adaptive cruise control, Lane Keeping and Parking Assists, PRE-SAFE® automatic emergency braking with Pedestrian Recognition and Active Lane Keeping Assist — that makes Mercedes-Benz a leader in the field of safety.
Whether you think of it as a coupe or as an SUV, there’s no doubt that the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe is a special vehicle deserving of the attention of anyone seeking the performance of a coupe, the space of an SUV and the luxury of a Mercedes-Benz.
This article is presented by Zimbrick European in Madison, WI.