A newly added model to the Australian Mercedes-Benz GLC range brings an enticing new entry point to the popular SUV and Coupé range.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 SUV combines a powerful yet frugal 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine (135kW/300Nm), a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission, and full-time rear-wheel-drive with a long list of standard appointments.

This includes Parking Pilot with a 360-degree camera, an EASY PACK tailgate, Audio 20 entertainment system with seven-inch colour display and touchpad control, satellite navigation system, digital radio, media interface with smartphone integration, keyless start, electric front seats, black ash wood trim, ARTICO upholstery, LED head-lights, Active Parking Assist, DYNAMIC SELECT driving mode selector, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Additionally, the GLC 200 is equipped with a suite of Mercedes-Benz safety features including nine airbags, PRE-SAFE® accident anticipatory system, Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Attention Assist, and Blind Spot Assist (passive).

The new Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 SUV will retail for $61,990 MRLP and is available to order now, first vehicles are expected to arrive in September 2018.

To coincide with the addition of the petrol-powered GLC 200 SUV model, the previous entry model, the GLC 220 d models from its SUV and Coupé range, will no longer be available to order.

Below is the complete GLC SUV and Coupé range from June 2018 production.

SUV range

 

Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 SUV

$61,990 MRLP

Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 SUV

$71,600 MRLP

Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 d SUV

$74,000 MRLP

Mercedes-Benz GLC 350 d SUV

$91,100 MRLP

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV

$103,500 MRLP

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S SUV

$164,900 MRLP

Coupé range

 

Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 Coupé

$82,300 MRLP

Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 d Coupé

$84,700 MRLP

Mercedes-Benz GLC 350 d Coupé

$101,200 MRLP

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupé

$111,000 MRLP

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupé

$171,900 MRLP

For the first time, Mercedes-AMG’s powerful eight-cylinder biturbo engine is available in a mid-size SUV, making the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ SUV and 4MATIC+ Coupé models Australia’s fastest mid-size SUV combination with acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds.

The pair of performance SUVs also feature air spring suspension with adaptive adjustable damping, AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution, a rear-axle limited-slip differential, and a high-performance braking system.

Visually linking the GLC 63 S models with the Mercedes-AMG sports car family is the AMG Panamericana grille, which was previously reserved for AMG GT models. In addition, the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S models offer all the advantages of a Mercedes-Benz SUV: ample room for passengers and luggage, comprehensive array of safety equipment and superior traction in any road conditions.

As the only vehicles in their segment to be powered by an eight-cylinder biturbo engine, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ SUV and Coupé meet the wishes of mid-size performance SUV customers looking for a combination of superior power delivery along with a highly emotive, unmistakable engine sound.

"For us, the new GLC 63 4MATIC+ is a quite special vehicle. It is no easy job designing an SUV to be highly sporty and dynamic while at the same time offering inherent extreme driving stability,” says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

“This required us to put our heart and soul, along with our many years of SUV expertise, into the development of this vehicle. The result is an SUV that can be driven with high precision and agility and which, if required, is equally at home on a high-speed lap of the race track.”

V8 biturbo engine: a unique offering in the mid-size segment

In the GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ SUV and Coupé models, the proven AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine outputs 375 kW at 5500-6250rpm with maximum torque of 700 Nm from 1750rpm to 4500rpm. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h is completed in just 3.8 seconds, while the top speed is 270 km/h (electronically limited).

The 4.0-litre eight-cylinder biturbo engine is already used in numerous AMG Performance vehicles. It is also installed in the AMG GT sports car with dry sump lubrication. A feature is that the two turbochargers are positioned not on the outside of the cylinder banks, but inside the cylinder "V". The main advantages of this design are the compact engine construction, optimal response and low exhaust gas emissions. One mechanic assembles each engine in the engine shop in Affalterbach according to the "one man – one engine" principle.

Short shift times, high efficiency: the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed transmission

The new GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ models feature the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed transmission, which made its debut in the Mercedes-AMG E 63 4MATIC+. The driver benefits from extremely short shift/response times. Fast multiple downshifts and the double-declutching function make for a highly emotive gearshift experience.

AMG Performance 4MATIC+ variable all-wheel drive

The intelligent AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system unites the advantages of different drive concepts: the fully variable torque distribution to the front and rear axles ensures optimal traction right up to the physical limit. The driver is also able to rely on high driving stability and handling safety under all conditions, both in the dry and in the wet, or in snow. The transition from rear-wheel to all-wheel drive and vice versa is seamless, because intelligent control is integrated into the overall vehicle system architecture.

A personalised experience: AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs

Five AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs - "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport +", “Race” and "Individual" allow the driver to extensively influence the characteristics of the GLC 63 S 4MATIC+. This modifies key parameters, such as the response of engine, transmission, suspension, steering, ESP® and all-wheel drive.

"Comfort" is the balanced drive program with a comfort-oriented suspension and steering set-up as well as a fuel-efficient powertrain configuration with early upshifts – including smooth gearshifts and a restrained engine sound. The "Sport" and "Sport +" drive programs are designed for high driving dynamics. This results from an agile accelerator pedal characteristic with direct set-up and emotively appealing gearshifts with shorter shift times and double-clutching function on downshifts. The increased idle speed in "Sport +" also enables especially fast pull-away and acceleration from rest. In the "Race" drive program, all the parameters are configured for maximum performance.

Exhaust system with flap technology for variable engine sound

The as-standard typical V8 engine sound comes courtesy of an exhaust system with flap technology. It is controlled by a map and automatically operated depending on the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive program, the power demanded by the driver and the engine speed. The GLC 63 S 4MATIC + is also fitted with the Performance exhaust system, which allows the sound to be modulated at the press of a button.

Specific suspension for maximum lateral and longitudinal dynamics

New AMG suspension with fully supporting multi-chamber air suspension ensures exceptionally high levels of camber stability, driving dynamics and steering precision.

The front axle features a four-link design with special steering knuckles, optimised elastokinematics and radial brake connections. Independent wheel control and wheel suspension elements enable higher lateral acceleration with minimal torque steer. The concept for the rear axle was carried over from the E 63 4MATIC+ and specially matched to the requirements of the GLC. The model-specific multi-link concept offers highly precise wheel control and increased stiffness.

Electronic rear-axle limited-slip differential: optimal traction in all conditions

For improved traction and driving dynamics, the GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ uses an electronic rear-axle limited-slip differential. Reduced slip on the inside wheel when cornering allows the driver to accelerate out of corners earlier thanks to the improved traction. The greatest benefit of the electronic rear-axle limited-slip differential is more sensitive and faster control, which pushes the critical threshold higher, making it even easier to drive at the vehicle's limits.

The GLC 63 S models also feature AMG’s high-performance composite braking system. The front dimensions are 390 x 36 mm, whilst the rear are 360 x 26 mm.

Expressive front end with Panamericana grille

A striking characteristic of the exterior design is the expressive front end: the new GLC 63 4MATIC+ is the first Mercedes-AMG Performance vehicle to feature the Panamericana grille, which was previously reserved for the AMG GT family of sports cars.

A wide front apron inspired by the design of a jet wing, with a large front splitter, impressively embodies the power of the new models. Wider wheel arch claddings at front and rear lend emphasis to the muscular looks.

The new side sill panels make the SUV and Coupé appear to sit lower on the road while elongating the overall lines. The SUV is for the first time provided with a spoiler lip on the roof, while the spoiler lip on the Coupé is familiar from the GLC 43 4MATIC.

Interior also with a consistent focus on driving dynamics

The interior underscores the leadership ambition of the new mid-size Performance SUVs in terms of driving dynamics. Features of the GLC 63 S models include a Performance steering wheel in black nappa leather / DINAMICA microfibre, leather-appointed AMG performance seats, and an AMG instrument cluster including a Race Timer.

Pricing

The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ SUV is priced at $164,900 (MRLP), while the GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ Coupé is priced at $171,900 (MRLP). Both models will begin to arrive at the end of this year.

Options

An Exterior Carbon Package includes AMG carbon-fibre mirror housings and an AMG carbon-fibre rear lip spoiler on the Coupé, or an extension on the SUV. This package is priced at $4500 (MRLP).

An AMG High Performance Ceramic Braking System offers next-level performance stopping power. Ceramic brakes feature shorter stopping distances, have outstanding fade resistance and weigh 30 per cent less than traditional brakes. They include a compound ceramic front disc with a diameter of 402 x 39 mm and a 6-piston fixed calliper, while the 360 x 26 mm rear integral brake disc has a single-piston combined floating brake calliper. The callipers are painted with "AMG Carbon Ceramic" lettering. The braking system is priced at $7500 (MRLP).

Exclusive "Edition 1" special model at market launch

The GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ models are also available at launch as an "Edition 1" special model: the exclusive combination of equipment details turn the special model into the flagship of the range.

Extras include distinctive paintwork in designo Selenite Magno; yellow sports stripes on the lower door and mirror housing; 21-inch AMG Cross-Spoke alloy wheels in black with a yellow rim flange; AMG Aerodynamics package comprising additional large front spoiler, enlarged rear diffuser with diffuser spoiler lip and specific spoiler lip in the rear area in high-gloss black; AMG High Performance Ceramic Braking System; AMG Performance seats in black nappa leather with yellow cross-stitching in diamond pattern; AMG Matt carbon-fibre interior trim; AMG Performance steering wheel in DINAMICA with a yellow marker at the 12 o’clock position; yellow highlights in the instrument clustert; and dashboard and door trims finished in yellow topstitching.

The Edition 1 package is a standout in looks and performance and priced from $10,900 (MRLP).

In a flowing transition, Mercedes-Benz lands the next coup: the Concept GLC Coupé is a near-production-standard study that carries the successful GLE Coupé formula over into a more compact segment. The dynamically expressive show car combines typical stylistic features of a coupé with the sensually pure design idiom of coming SUV generations. This emotively appealing fusion is further enriched with details that are strong in character. A twin-blade radiator grille, powerdomes on the bonnet and a four-pipe exhaust system form an aesthetic contrast to the harmonious, almost organic main body section. On the other hand, elements from the rugged off-road world, such as enormous 21-inch tyres, front and rear underbody protection, increased ground clearance and side running boards, are indicative of the off-road performance potential of the Concept GLC Coupé.

Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG, puts it in a nutshell: "With its modern and sensual design idiom, the Concept GLC Coupé gives a foretaste of future SUV models from Mercedes-Benz. At the same time, it embraces the typical values of tradition-steeped Mercedes-Benz coupés". The same successful blend of the multifunctional SUV and the emotively appealing coupé world of Mercedes-Benz that was so enthusiastically welcomed with the GLE Coupé is now repeated with the Concept GLC Coupé. However, the near-production-standard show car inhabits a more compact segment, as demonstrated by the external length of 4.73 metres and the 2.83-metre wheelbase. These two dimensions, together with the striking and muscular main body section, elongated greenhouse and large 21-inch wheels, provide an ideal basis for the typical, almost dramatic proportions of the sportily youthful coupé generation with the characteristic off-road touch.

At the front, a short, crisp overhang with upright radiator grille and twin-blade louvre so characteristic of sporty Mercedes-Benz models give a first indication of the sporty philosophy behind the Concept GLC Coupé. The credo "Born to race on every ground" is confirmed by the powerdomes on the bonnet, the sweeping lines of the A-wing below the radiator grille, the large side air intakes and the visually dominant underbody protection. Like all the trim elements on the concept vehicle, this typical SUV feature radiates in silver shadow to form an attractive counterpoint to the solar-beam paintwork and the all-round claddings in matt gun metal magno paintwork. Reminiscent of light sculptures, striking LED headlamps decisively shape the expressive face of the Concept GLC Coupé. All functions are united in one housing: for illumination, the daytime running lamps and turn indicators use the upper strip inserts, dubbed "eyebrows" by the designers. Below them are three rotating lenses, which appear to positively float in the deep, three-dimensional space and which adapt to the situation to optimally illuminate the road or terrain. Of course, the headlamps are non-dazzling for oncoming traffic in lower beam, upper beam, cornering light or active light mode. This is achieved by blanking out the light cone in the area of oncoming vehicles.

The perfection with which the intrinsically contrary design worlds of the coupé and the SUV have been brought into harmony with each other is revealed in particular by a side view of the just under 1.60-metre-high Concept GLC Coupé with the typical, elongated roof line of a sports coupé. Like the integrated roof rails and fully recessed door handles, the squat greenhouse with its frameless side windows blends perfectly into the vehicle's flanks to additionally underscore the coupé-like character. The interplay with the high beltline, wide shoulders and accentuated wheel lips gives rise to extreme proportions that lend the Concept GLC Coupé a thrilling dynamism. This highly charged interaction is given extra emphasis by the drawn-in waist between the dropping line and the lower, rearwards ascending light-catching contour. A clear indication of the more prominent SUV genes is given by sill extensions reminiscent of the side running boards on a classic SUV. Flush with the outside edge of the body, wide 21-inch wheels with large, heavily profiled tyres combine with the relatively high ground clearance to endorse the sportily dynamic off-road ambitions of the Concept GLC Coupé.

The rear view of the precisely two-metre-wide Concept GLC Coupé in particular reveals the wide, muscular shoulders with harmoniously modelled wheel arches that house 53.3 cm (21-inch) wheels with 285/45 R 21 wide-base tyres. The four polished stainless-steel tailpipes of the exhaust system provide a visual highlight. Mounted in pairs above an A-wing similar to the one at the front and featuring characteristic underbody protection, the tailpipes underscore the sporty look of the coupé. Overall, it is the styling of the rear end that most clearly accentuates the coupé genes of the concept vehicle. Narrow, split tail lights, centrally positioned brand star and a sharp spoiler lip emphasise a design line that made its debut with the S-Class Coupé and which all Mercedes-Benz coupé models have since followed. Relocated to the lower section of the bumper, the number plate as well as the typical form of the rear window with its rounded upper area are among the further stylistic features. The night design of the LED tail lights sets a new tone. Adapted from the headlamps, the strips at the top are home to the turn indicators, which use chasing lights to signal a change of direction. A circular rear light encloses a central lens that adaptively augments the brake lamp for even better visibility.

Hard technical details give an additional emotive appeal to the Concept GLC Coupé with its almost organic form of the main body section. For example, excitingly designed components such as two-part, open light-alloy wheels, wing-look exterior mirrors and the already mentioned four exhaust tailpipes set a deliberate stylistic contrast intended to underscore the technological claim of the show car. The same goes for the underbody protection with front and rear cooling ducts and the headlamps and tail lights, which resemble light sculptures.

The drive technology aboard the Concept GLC Coupé matches the vehicle's looks. A V6 powerplant delivering 270 kW (367 hp) and 520 Nm makes for a highly sporty level of performance. Familiar from AMG sports models, the direct-injection biturbo engine is teamed with a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission and 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive to provide the show car with emphatic acceleration while at the same time giving an acoustically audible note to the impressive performance. Depending on the transmission mode setting, the tailpipes give off either a commandingly subdued rumble or the passionate sound of a high-powered sports car.

The SUV world of Mercedes-Benz has room for further models, such as a production version of the Concept GLC Coupé. The range would thus include seven models, allowing customers to order a tailor-made vehicle to suit their personal preferences. At the same time, the show car would enrich the trendsetting coupé world of Mercedes-Benz with a new all-rounder while providing a logical addition to models such as the four-door coupés and Shooting Brakes of the CLS and CLA series. In addition to spawning entirely new classes of vehicle, these model series have also exerted a considerable impact on the model policies of all manufacturers. They have also proved an outstanding success on the sales front.

Overview Of Technical Data:

 

Concept GLC Coupé

Body Type / Construction

Four-door, four-seater coupé concept vehicle, frameless side windows

Engine

V6 biturbo, direct injection

Displacement C

2996

  1. kW/HP 
    At RPM

270/367
5500

Peak Torque (Nm)
At RPM

520
1400-4000

Transmission

Nine-speed automatic transmission
9G-TRONIC, DIRECT SELECT gearshift

Powertrain

4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive

Length MM

4727

Width With/Without Mirrors MM

2151/2000

Height MM

1593

Wheelbase MM

2827

Track Width Front/Rear MM

1657/1687

Wheels / Tyres    Front
                            Rear

8 J x 21 / 255/50 R 21 
9.5 J x 21 / 285/45 R 21