They really shouldn’t have.
After teasing the car yesterday, German marque Mercedes-Benz have unveiled the new GLC Coupé, which will be arriving on our shores before the end of the year. A facelift of the original, the new GLC Coupé brings not only mildly-revised aesthetics, but a host of technological advancements that will certainly see it though into the next generation.
Outside precious little has changed, with only some new headlights (‘High Performance’ LEDs it seems) and taillights, as well as revised bumpers on either end. Unfortunately the taillights feature the same graphic as the recently-updated GLC, which means that it to has become rather ugly.
But inside is where the major changes have taken place and frankly, we like them quite a bit. Mercedes-Benz has integrated their new MBUX infotainment system here, the first such implementation of MBUX on this platform (something Mercedes said could not be done on the C-Class, for some odd reason).
It doesn’t get the two-screens-as-one setup as in the A-Class, but it does get the full gamut of input methods (wheel touchpads, centre touchpad, touchscreen) and voice-command. It also gets the vaunted augmented-reality navigation system that we loved from the A-Class. Globally the screen can be had in either 7.0-inch or 10.25-inch guises, though it’s almost certain that Australia will only be getting the larger of the two.
The GLC Coupé also offers new powertrains with the update. A 2.0-litre petrol mild-hybrid is employed in the GLC200 and GLC300, with the former putting out 145kW/280Nm and the latter 190kW/370Nm. Power goes to all-four wheels via a 4Matic system that Mercedes says is all-new, though the standard 9-speed auto is a tried-and-tested unit. Fuel consumption is rated at a maximum of 7.4L/100km on the combined cycle.
Diesels come as either a GLC200d, GLC220d, or GLC300d, with 120kW/360Nm, 143kW/400Nm, or 180kW/500Nm on tap. Fuel consumption for the oilers range from between 5.2L/100km in the 200d, while the 300d will drink as much as 5.8L/100km.
The GLC Coupé now comes with adaptive dampers on both axles, providing a greater range of comfort & dynamics, accessible via the Dynamic Select system which lets you flick between Comfort, to Sport, and then to Sport+. There are also a couple of off-road modes too, though it’s unlikely that anyone will ever properly utilise them.
Mercedes-Benz Australia has confirmed that the updated GLC will be in Australia in the fourth-quarter of this year, though local pricing & specifications have yet to be screwed down.