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PostHeaderIcon 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Revealed with Tons of Go-Faster Tech

A Nürburgring lap time under the 8-minute mark is an impressive accomplishment, but posting that time in a top-heavy SUV is simply insane. However, that’s exactly what Mercedes-AMG just did with the 2020 GLC 63, claiming the title of fastest SUV in the world at The Green Hell.

Making it possible is a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, which is tuned to produce 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque in the top-trim GLC 63 S. Sixty mph arrives in an astonishing 3.6 seconds, just a few ticks off the 800-horsepower Hellcat Redeye. Top speed is rated at 174 mph.

Go for the base GLC 63, and you’ll get 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, which translates into a 3.8-second run to 60 mph and a top speed of 155 mph.

Managing the heft is an AMG Ride Control+ air suspension system with adaptive dampers, while AMG’s Performance 4Matic all-wheel drive system makes it grip. Output is routed through an AMG Speedshift nine-speed automatic transmission.

Outside, the GLC 63 twins get new styling with revised taillight and headlight housings, both of which come with LEDs, while a pair of trapezoidal tailpipes are found out back. Wheel sizing ranges up to 21 inches in diameter.

The cabin is covered in Nappa leather with yellow contrast stitching, and the infotainment system comes with the latest MBUX features, including the optional MBUX Interior Assistant.

Look for the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 at the 2019 New York International Auto Show this week, and in dealers later this year.

PostHeaderIcon Video: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Vs. 2019 BMW X4

The luxury compact coupe SUV segment might sound rather niche, but it’s actually pretty well filled-out. Two of the biggest competitors in this space are the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe and 2019 BMW X4, both of which bring sleek styling and the best luxury bits that either brand can muster. But the question is this – which is better?

PostHeaderIcon 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Unveiled

Following hot on the heels of the reveal of the new GLC Class in Geneva, Mercedes just dropped its latest Coupe version, offering a sleeker roofline for the compact luxury SUV. Up front is the traditional diamond radiator grille, offered in either silver or black, while further chrome trim adorns the rest of the exterior. LED headlights and LED taillights help to illuminate the front and rear respectively.

Inside is a new multifunction steering wheel, while a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen are on deck. MB-Tex and leather can be found for the upholstery options. Tech features are offered through the latest MBUX infotainment system, which comes with standouts like onboard navigation, augmented reality features, and intelligent voice command. There’s also a bevy of assists, such as Active Steering, Active Distance Assist, and Active Brake Assist.

As for the oily bits, the GLC Coupe is offered with a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, 14 horsepower more than the current model. The sprint to 60 mph should take about 6 seconds. A high-powered AMG model is likely in the works as well.

Look for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe at the 2019 New York Auto Show in April, with an on-sale days sometime later this year. Pricing is so far unannounced, but expect it to slot in close to that of the current model’s MSRP of $47,300.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

Mercedes-Benz has pulled the covers off of the updated GLC-Class ahead of its world debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The premium compact crossover is on the receiving end of improved aesthetics and a fruit basket’s worth of new tech features. Mercedes has always touted the GLC-Class as a fresh gateway model to some of its more premium SUVs, and, for the most part, the updated model looks the part of one. Following its debut in Geneva, the GLC-Class will go on sale in Europe in the middle of the year. As for us in the U.S., you’ll have to wait a little longer as the crossover isn’t scheduled to hit our shores until the latter part of 2019.

Update 03/14/2019: We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the 2019 Mercedes GLC that we took during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of this page!

PostHeaderIcon The 2020 Mercedes GLC Has Been Subtly Updated with the Brand’s Latest Style and Technology

Mercedes has given its C-Class-sized SUV, the GLC, its obligatory mid-lifecycle refresh in order to bring it in line with the rest of its model roster. It now has a new face, an updated interior, a new 2.0-liter turbo engine, mild hybrid technology, and some new safety technology too.

PostHeaderIcon Can New Mercedes-Benz Commercial With Santa Make You Lease An SUV Or A Sedan?

I love nice and fun commercials. Especially from car companies, because well, I am a car guy. I will never forget the one about the BMW M5 E39 for example. YouTube it, it is worth it. While I still find the ones prepared for the NFL Superbowl superior to all others, let’s face it, we are greeted with ever nicer commercials for the most important days of the year – Black Friday, Christmas/New Year sales and that. Believe it, Thanksgiving is important, but I question is it as important as Black Friday?

Despite the importance, right now we are greeted with a really cool Mercedes-Benz Christmas commercial. Ok, it is not a Christmas commercial, but actually, a TV spot promoting their Winter Event that is heavily inspired by Christmas and New Year.

PostHeaderIcon You Won’t Believe How Fast This Tuned Mercedes GLC 63 is!

The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe is one of the fastest, most powerful SUVs in Mercedes’ repertoire right now. But German tuner GAD Motors is ready to offer an insane version with almost twice the power over twice the torque. The bundle of insanity that comes out of GAD’s workshop is capable of eating miles down the Autobahn at over 186 mph seemingly effortless.

The GLC-Class is a compact luxury SUV; the jacked up brother of the C-Class sedan. It was launched back in 2015, and the most powerful variant is the AMG-tuned GLC 63 S. It comes with an aggressive aerodynamic package with extended bumpers, side skirts, and huge 20-inch wheels. There’s room for more, though, and GAD Motors is doing just that, exploring the limits of the coupe-bodied SUV to the point that it reaches 62 mph faster than a McLaren 675LT, a Porsche 991 911 GT3 or a Ferrari 488.

PostHeaderIcon You Won’t Believe How Fast This Tuned Mercedes GLC 63 is!

The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe is one of the fastest, most powerful SUVs in Mercedes’ repertoire right now. But German tuner GAD Motors is ready to offer an insane version with almost twice the power over twice the torque. The bundle of insanity that comes out of GAD’s workshop is capable of eating miles down the Autobahn at over 186 mph seemingly effortless.

The GLC-Class is a compact luxury SUV; the jacked up brother of the C-Class sedan. It was launched back in 2015, and the most powerful variant is the AMG-tuned GLC 63 S. It comes with an aggressive aerodynamic package with extended bumpers, side skirts, and huge 20-inch wheels. There’s room for more, though, and GAD Motors is doing just that, exploring the limits of the coupe-bodied SUV to the point that it reaches 62 mph faster than a McLaren 675LT, a Porsche 991 911 GT3 or a Ferrari 488.

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Mercedes GLC 63 S Might Be Ugly but It’s Faster Than the AMG GT R

Remember the days when SUVs were slow mom mobiles? Not anymore, as the market is vying for sports car-like performance with the added ride height and proportions of a utility vehicle. The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S is a perfect case in point.

The GLC 63 S is the fastest GLC you can buy and, as such, it is one of the fastest SUVs in the compact luxury segment. What is more, the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8-powered behemoth can more than just stay with much sleeker sports cars it may encounter in traffic. Actually, this Coupe-styled SUV is faster to 60 mph than an AMG GT-R. Yes, we’ll let you give that another read if you don’t believe your eyes.

PostHeaderIcon The Mercedes GLC F-Cell is Actually a Viable Alternative to Gasoline-Powered Vehicles

After revealing the pre-production model at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, Mercedes has finally revealed all the details of the GLC F-Cell’s production versions before it starts handing out deliveries. The GLC F-Cell uses a unique plug-in hybrid setup combined with fuel-cell technology. As a result of this, the GLC F-Cell can run on both, electricity and hydrogen.

PostHeaderIcon The Mercedes GLC F-Cell is Actually a Viable Alternative to Gasoline-Powered Vehicles

After revealing the pre-production model at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, Mercedes has finally revealed all the details of the GLC F-Cell’s production versions before it starts handing out deliveries. The GLC F-Cell uses a unique plug-in hybrid setup combined with fuel-cell technology. As a result of this, the GLC F-Cell can run on both, electricity and hydrogen.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S by Brabus

Almost every year Brabus prepares a comprehensive set of improvements for a number of Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG vehicles. They usually present them at the Auto Shows in Geneva, Paris, or Frankfurt. This year, with the Paris Motor Show nearing, Brabus revealed its new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S. It is a small compact crossover with an insane 4.0-liter engine, now tricked out by Brabus. This car seems to be as close to contradictions as humanly possible. It is a family crossover (sensible at that), but with such a monstrosity under the bonnet, you’d feel threatened by it even if you drove in a Ferrari F430.

The Brabus Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S basically represents everything that is bad with the car market today, and then it represents everything that is awesome as well.

You know what? I don’t care if you have all the hate in the world for the SUV/Crossovers or whatever. This thing is awesome, and you will learn why here.

PostHeaderIcon Visual Comparison: 2018 BMW X4 vs 2018 Mercedes GLC Coupe

BMW has high hopes for the X4 now that the new coupe-crossover has been unveiled. The new midsize model will now be tasked to compete against a bevy of rivals in its segment, none more important than the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe. An endless amount of debates should ensue now that both models are here. Which one performs better? Which one handles better? These questions are a few of the many that we can expect in the coming months. Those, and which of the two looks better. We’ll try to piece together what we can to answer that last question, though, off the bat, don’t blame us if we can’t arrive at a consensus. The BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe do look alike in a lot of ways.

External Measurements


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Front

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Now that we’ve gotten out of the way, it’s time to look at the front section of both coupe-crossovers. The first thing you’ll notice is that both models follow the design template of their respective brands. It is worth mentioning, though, that the X4’s front design is more balanced than the GLC Coupe. The front elements on the Merc look a little too compact as if Mercedes couldn’t find enough space to fit the headlights, grille, bumper, splitter, and intakes all together. The X4, on the other hand, has space for components to breathe. Look closer at the lines on the hood. The ones on X4 are more spaced out than the ones in the GLC. Maybe that helps with the illusion of balance in the BMW, but it works much better than it does on the Mercedes.

Side

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This angle is where it becomes to difficult to tell the two models apart. Both the X4 and GLC Coupe were designed as hybrids between a coupe and a crossover, and you can see that with how long the roof swoops down to the rear in a coupe-like fashion. It’s remarkable to see how the angle of the roof is almost identical to one another. Even the shoulder lines are positioned almost in the same area. The Merc’s body line does streak from just under the door handles while the Bimmer’s appears to hit the front door handle before creating enough space at the back.

The GLC also benefits from having a more pronounced lower line and more prominent side skirts. On the other hand, the front fender on the X4 sticks out a little more, and I like the wheel design on the on the X4 more than the one on the GLC. The Bimmer also has its trademark shark fin sitting on the roof. But other than that, I can’t blame you if you end up confusing one for the other.

Rear

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Even though both models still look similar in shape, there’s a lot of differentiation between the X4 and the G-Class Coupe in this section. The taillights are different, and while both models have a dual exhaust setup, the ones on the G-Class are bigger and sit further apart compared to the X4. Part of that is probably because the diffuser on the Bimmer is more pronounced compared to the one on the Mercedes.

In that vein, the X4 is also sportier in terms of design. Its rear lines are more aggressive, the spoiler is bigger, and the extra wing near the roof is a feature that the Merc doesn’t have.

The G-Class Coupe, on the other hand, doesn’t have as many body lines in the rear as the X4. There’s not a lot about its rear section that stands out when you line it up against the X4. The Mercedes G-Class looks decent in this section, but the X4 laps it with its own design. The latter is sportier and more aggressive to look at, which is exactly what coupe crossovers are supposed to look like.

References

BMW X4


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Read our full review on the 2019 BMW X4.

Mercedes GLC


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Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.


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Read more BMW news.

PostHeaderIcon Visual Comparison: 2018 BMW X4 vs 2018 Mercedes GLC Coupe

BMW has high hopes for the X4 now that the new coupe-crossover has been unveiled. The new midsize model will now be tasked to compete against a bevy of rivals in its segment, none more important than the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe. An endless amount of debates should ensue now that both models are here. Which one performs better? Which one handles better? These questions are a few of the many that we can expect in the coming months. Those, and which of the two looks better. We’ll try to piece together what we can to answer that last question, though, off the bat, don’t blame us if we can’t arrive at a consensus. The BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe do look alike in a lot of ways.

External Measurements


Visual Comparison: 2018 BMW X4 vs 2018 Mercedes GLC Coupe - image 768633

Front

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right

Now that we’ve gotten out of the way, it’s time to look at the front section of both coupe-crossovers. The first thing you’ll notice is that both models follow the design template of their respective brands. It is worth mentioning, though, that the X4’s front design is more balanced than the GLC Coupe. The front elements on the Merc look a little too compact as if Mercedes couldn’t find enough space to fit the headlights, grille, bumper, splitter, and intakes all together. The X4, on the other hand, has space for components to breathe. Look closer at the lines on the hood. The ones on X4 are more spaced out than the ones in the GLC. Maybe that helps with the illusion of balance in the BMW, but it works much better than it does on the Mercedes.

Side

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right

This angle is where it becomes to difficult to tell the two models apart. Both the X4 and GLC Coupe were designed as hybrids between a coupe and a crossover, and you can see that with how long the roof swoops down to the rear in a coupe-like fashion. It’s remarkable to see how the angle of the roof is almost identical to one another. Even the shoulder lines are positioned almost in the same area. The Merc’s body line does streak from just under the door handles while the Bimmer’s appears to hit the front door handle before creating enough space at the back.

The GLC also benefits from having a more pronounced lower line and more prominent side skirts. On the other hand, the front fender on the X4 sticks out a little more, and I like the wheel design on the on the X4 more than the one on the GLC. The Bimmer also has its trademark shark fin sitting on the roof. But other than that, I can’t blame you if you end up confusing one for the other.

Rear

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Even though both models still look similar in shape, there’s a lot of differentiation between the X4 and the G-Class Coupe in this section. The taillights are different, and while both models have a dual exhaust setup, the ones on the G-Class are bigger and sit further apart compared to the X4. Part of that is probably because the diffuser on the Bimmer is more pronounced compared to the one on the Mercedes.

In that vein, the X4 is also sportier in terms of design. Its rear lines are more aggressive, the spoiler is bigger, and the extra wing near the roof is a feature that the Merc doesn’t have.

The G-Class Coupe, on the other hand, doesn’t have as many body lines in the rear as the X4. There’s not a lot about its rear section that stands out when you line it up against the X4. The Mercedes G-Class looks decent in this section, but the X4 laps it with its own design. The latter is sportier and more aggressive to look at, which is exactly what coupe crossovers are supposed to look like.

References

BMW X4


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Read our full review on the 2019 BMW X4.

Mercedes GLC


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Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.


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Read more BMW news.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe – Driven

Let’s get this out of the way up-front: I don’t “get” the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe or its cohort of other luxury-brand SUVs that have sporty, coupe-like rooflines. And I have not had the pleasure of driving most of the GLC 300 Coupe’s competition: sport-tinged SUVs like the BMW X4 and Porsche Macan come to mind.

These are intended to be more fashionable, driver-centric versions of their boxy-backed, taller SUV sisters. To that end, the GLC 300 Coupe was pretty fun to drive, as SUVs go. But it probably makes some cargo space and headroom sacrifices compared to the non-Coupe GLC 300. After all, as with fashionable clothing, sometimes it’s necessary to sacrifice comfort for vanity.

Design Notes


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“The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe seems to meld a C Class Coupe roofline with the lower body and ride height of a GLC Class SUV”

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe seems to meld a C Class Coupe roofline with the lower body and ride height of a GLC Class SUV.

The nose is all GLC, with M-B’s tall, muscular grille design and a huge Three-Pointed Star logo that announces to the world that yes, you are driving a Mercedes. Twin-projector headlight lenses are interestingly shaped and contain LED eyebrows that stand out from other daytime running lights on the road.

Fat, directional Michelin Latitude Sport 3 tires make themselves known even from the front view. Measuring 20 inches tall and 255 millimeters wide, they give the GLC 300 Coupe a contact patch more than 10 inches wide at each tire. If this is supposed to be a sports car among compact luxury SUVs, the front view clearly communicates as much.


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“There’s a sharply sloping windshield and a rounded roofline that would look more at home on a sedan or coupe”

The side-view is when things start to get interesting. There’s a sharply sloping windshield and a rounded roofline that would look more at home on a sedan or coupe, hence the GLC 300 Coupe’s name.

That roofline transitions to the rear hatch almost like a liftback sedan, with a rear glass that is more horizontal than vertical and a tiny faux trunk lid at the very back. The lower side shares a lot with the current non-Coupe edition of the GLC 300, with a clean design that features a crease just below the door handles and a slighter crease in the lower quarter of the doors. The big 20-inch wheels have 14 spokes and fit the sporty personality of the design.


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“It’s almost like someone took a C Class Coupe and stretched it in Photoshop to make it appear taller.”

At the rear, the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe can be polarizing. It’s almost like someone took a C Class Coupe and stretched it in Photoshop to make it appear taller. That faux trunk lid has a smooth lip at the top that almost evokes a spoiler, bridging two wide taillights. The lack of vertical daylight opening in the rear hatch glass becomes apparent when viewed from this angle. Once again, those chunky Michelins make themselves known from this angle, poking out just a bit from the lower rear bumper face.

Exterior Dimensions

Overall length (Inches) 186.3
Overall height (Inches) 63.1
Overall width (Inches) 82.5 (w/mirrors)
Wheelbase (Inches) 113.1

Interior Notes


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“It appeared to be making an appeal to the emotions of drivers who have traded in their C Class Coupes because they need to haul kids now”

When I opened the door of my 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe tester, its sporting pretenses became clearer. Bathed in optional red leather, it appeared to be making an appeal to the emotions of drivers who have traded in their C Class Coupes because they need to haul kids now, but they don’t want to feel like they have completely given up on enjoying a sporty drive now and then.

Thankfully, the red leather was limited to the seats. The steering wheel, dash, and door panels were more tastefully done, in my opinion, with black leather, soft-touch injection-molded plastics, aluminum accents, and black woodgrain trim.


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“The steering wheel felt great in my hands, with perforated leather and nice sport grips at 10 and 2”

The steering wheel felt great in my hands, with perforated leather and nice sport grips at 10 and 2. My only nitpick was with M-B’s control interface. It felt like stalk overload, because Mercedes puts a tiny shift lever on the column as well as a cruise control stalk. Combine that with the turn signal/windshield wiper control stalk and the tilt/telescope steering adjustment stalk, and it can be a little overwhelming to the uninitiated. I think using a small directional pad-style button for steering wheel adjustment, as many automakers do nowadays, would go a long way to improve the situation. So would putting the cruise controls on one of the steering wheel spokes.

The dash was pleasing to look at, though not distracting, and featured Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND infotainment suite with a floating, tablet-like screen mounted in the center stack. It was controlled by a combination control dial and touchpad in the center console, where a shift lever traditionally might be found in a vehicle like this. I found the controls relatively easy to master, though I liked the comparative simplicity of the control wheel I saw in the 2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 a little better. That model lacked the directional pad, and I think that made it easier to use.


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“Rear seating was plentiful for my kids, one in a rear-facing car seat and the other dangling his lanky six-year-old legs from a booster”

The 14-way power driver’s seat with memory was very comfortable. Rear seating was plentiful for my kids, one in a rear-facing car seat and the other dangling his lanky six-year-old legs from a booster. Mercedes-Benz didn’t provide measurements for interior leg- and headroom, but I had no trouble transporting my family of four in the GLC 300 Coupe.

What I did have a little trouble with was transporting our weekly grocery haul in the cargo area. Again, Mercedes-Benz didn’t provide interior dimensions or capacity measurements, but I found the sloping rear glass cut into the GLC 300 Coupe’s ability to haul tall, boxy cargo.

The interior had a couple of surprise-and-delight features, however. One was the HVAC system’s perfume option. It was ingenious, and it kept the car smelling great — if a bit feminine — all week. I later learned GLC 300 Coupe owners can get different scents from their Mercedes-Benz dealer, so I’m sure there’s a wide range of scents for every nose. The HVAC system sends air past a perfume canister’s perforated lid on its way out the vents, giving it a light scent that is not too heavy. It’s fully adjustable, and you can even turn off the smell if you want. It was part of the Air Balance Package, a sensible (for German cars) $350 option.


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“Another thing that delighted me was the Burmester Surround Sound audio system”

Another thing that delighted me was the Burmester Surround Sound audio system. With 14 speakers and a 10-channel, 640-watt amplifier, it provided plenty of thump for my tunes and remained crystal clear all the way up and down the volume range. I often say the measure of a good sound system is how clear it sounds at either extreme — low and high volume. By that test, Burmester delivers an exquisite system here. Well worth the $850 upgrade price. You won’t build a system that sounds this good using aftermarket car audio, not even for twice that price.

The Drive


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“The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine was plenty stout, offering up 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque”

My tester was equipped with Mercedes-Benz’s 4MATIC all-wheel drive, and as with previous 4MATIC-equipped Mercs I have driven, it made the GLC 300 Coupe a joy to throw around corners. Yes, even with its tall, SUV ride height, you can have fun with a GLC 300 Coupe in the twisty stuff.

The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine was plenty stout, offering up 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, the latter coming on pretty low in the rev range and staying strong through a relatively wide band as revs climbed. It was kind of like a denatured version of the raucous, 375-horse AMG-tuned 2.0-liter engine I experienced in the CLA45. Turbo lag was not noticeable in day-to-day driving, with the boost coming on early and smooth to provide power to squeeze into an opening at the top of the on-ramp.


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“The suspension tuning of the GLC 300 Coupe did a great job controlling body roll when driven in a spirited manner”

I’d go so far as to say the GLC 300 Coupe moves far better than any SUV of its size ought to be able to move. Chuck it into a sweeping bend, lay into the throttle, and it doesn’t get addled. It just squats down and holds its line. I’m sure 4MATIC plays a huge role here, but let’s not overlook the suspension tuning of the GLC 300 Coupe, which did a great job controlling body roll when driven in a spirited manner, but did not beat me up over rough pavement and potholes. So many sporty SUVs compromise ride comfort in the name of handling, but not the GLC 300 Coupe.

Power is delivered to the wheels by a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission that was exceptionally smooth in my experience. Its kick-down was quick when I needed to pass a slower-moving car on a two-lane highway, and it was never harsh in its shifts, even in the sportiest “Sport +” driving mode. Shift paddles let me control the action myself if I wanted to.


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“The GLC 300 Coupe made good on its promise to deliver a sporty driving experience”

Even though I wasn’t sold on the exterior design or the red leather seats inside, the GLC 300 Coupe made good on its promise to deliver a sporty driving experience in an SUV that rides higher than your typical Mercedes-Benz sedan. I enjoyed the drive a lot. I just didn’t get its look.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine 2.0-liter inline-4 turbo
Horsepower 241 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Torque 273 LB-FT @ 1,300-4,000 RPM
Transmission 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic
Curb weight (Lbs) 4,045
0 to 60 mph 6.4 seconds

The Competition

BMW X4


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One could argue the BMW X4 is the reason Mercedes-Benz built the GLC 300 Coupe. With the X4 launching in 2014 and finding its niche of buyers, M-B was not to be outdone, introducing the GLC 300 Coupe in 2015 as a 2016 model.

BMW X4’s base 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo gasser is right on-par with the Merc, at 240 horsepower. It’s down a gear to the GLC 300 Coupe, however, with eight forward speeds. Performance is likely to be very similar between the two, as the BMW has xDrive all-wheel drive standard and should offer the brand’s usually well-sorted suspension.

Pricing is very similar between the two, with base MSRPs starting at $46,600 for the GLC 300 Coupe and $47,600 for the X4 xDrive28i.

If you’re shopping between these two, it’s probably going to come down to which one you like to look at the most. For me, the BMW is better-looking inside and out, but that’s not to say I find either model particularly beautiful.

Read our full review on the 2017 BMW X4.

Porsche Macan


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The Porsche Macan paralleled the BMW X4’s introduction in 2014. Where Porsche differs from Mercedes-Benz and BMW, however, is that there is not a more traditional SUV-shaped Macan. BMW’s X3 and Mercedes-Benz’s GLC 300 are both more upright, boxy-profile crossovers. The Porsche Macan has a design that seems to split the difference between sporty, sedan-like roof profile and useful, SUV-like roof profile.

The base Porsche Macan comes in at $47,800 and is far more attractive to my eyes than either the GLC 300 Coupe or the X4. It offers similar performance credentials to those competitors, too, putting down 252 horsepower and making the run from zero to 60 MPH in about 6 seconds. All-wheel drive is standard.

Porsche offers an interesting middle step between the base Macan and the high-performance Macan GTS. The Macan S puts down 340 horsepower and shaves about a second off the base Macan’s zero-to-60 time for an extra $7,500 or so. To get more performance out of the GLC 300 Coupe, you have to pony up for the $60,400 GLC 43 Coupe that barely edges out the Macan S at 362 horses and a 4.8-second zero-to-60 time. Likewise, to get a faster BMW X4, you have to go for the X4 M40i for $59,250. For that additional cheddar, it’ll get to 60 in 4.7 seconds thanks to 355 horsepower.

Ultimately, even though I have not driven the Macan, it looks like the deal of the segment. Combining its more attractive looks with its class-competitive performance and lower cost of entry for the faster Macan S, it’s definitely an appealing package.

Read our full review on the 2017 Porsche Macan.

Infiniti QX50


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An interesting competitor in this group is the Infiniti QX50. Like the Porsche Macan, it has just enough of the car-like roofline to make it look a little sexier than your average luxury SUV. The main area where it differs from the mostly four-cylinder competitors above is its standard 3.7-liter V6 with 325 horsepower.

Its seven-speed automatic transmission and standard rear-wheel drive are deficits, however, and its refinement is not likely to be on the same level as that of Mercedes-Benz, BMW, or Porsche. And its technology features are not going to be nearly as advanced as the above competitors. Infiniti’s optional audio system is made by Bose, and will pale in comparison to the GLC 300 Coupe’s Burmester audio system.

But the Infiniti QX50’s unique selling proposition here is value. It’s a whole lot of sporty crossover SUV-thing for the money, coming in at a base price of $34,650. If you want to compare all-wheel drive models since the above competitors all offer it standard, the Infiniti QX50 AWD will set you back $36,450. It’s a relative steal. Load up a QX50 AWD with options, and it’ll probably be about on-par with the base prices of some of the competition above.

Read our full review on the 2017 Infiniti QX50.

Conclusion


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“It’s really fun to drive, for a compact SUV”

Just because I don’t dig the exterior design of the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe does not mean it’s a bad car. It’s really fun to drive, for a compact SUV. It was practical enough for most of my uses. It wasn’t too thirsty, getting mid-20s MPG in my mixed driving.

At an as-tested price of $63,505, it offers a lot of driving enjoyment from a powertrain that won’t suck your bank account dry on fuel costs. EPA rates it at 22 MPG city, 27 MPG highway, 24 MPG combined. Furthermore, it was plenty roomy and comfortable for my family.

For those who like the “coupe” styling melded with SUV practicality, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe certainly deserves a look and a test drive.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell

Man-made climate change is a hot topic and, regardless of your beliefs about the effect of man-made emissions on the global climate, it’s inevitable that the internal combustion engine will eventually be all but wiped out of existence. With various world governments committing to an all-out ban of non-electric vehicles, automakers aren’t slowing down the process either, with just about every major manufacturer having jumped on the alternative fuels wagon in one way or another in recent years. Mercedes, for example, is following Toyota’s lead and looking to hydrogen as a viable solution to combat emissions and has already proven its viability with cars like the B-Class F-CELL and the Citaro FuelCELL-Hybrid – two vehicles that have logged more than seven million miles in test runs. Now, Mercedes has introduced the GLC F-Cell, the world’s first plug-in fuel-cell vehicle. As such, the GLC F-Cell promises as much as 301 miles from just 9.7 pounds of hydrogen and the 13.8-kWh battery. And, it does so while producing around 200 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque– more than enough to get you up to speed.

With hydrogen availability expanding, that’s certainly good news, but we’re not there quite yet. Outside of the electric and hydrogen powertrain, the GLC F-Cell also sports its own unique look in comparison to the ICE-powered GLC-Class, so it will even stand out in the crowd. Now, it may not have that internal combustion engine or even the 241 horsepower afforded by the standard model’s 2.0-liter, but it will still please all of you purists out there as it does have all of the Mercedes DNA that you’ve come to love and find it impossible to live without. So, now that the GLC F-Cell has made its official debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show, let’s take a good look at it and see what it’s all about.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell.

PostHeaderIcon Here’s Why Mercedes Is Doing the Right Thing with the Hydrogen GLC F-Cell

Hybrid and all-electric cars are slowly integrating among conventional production vehicles, but automakers still have some challenges to overcome. While hybrids are still relying on gasoline to work, electric cars still need better range and larger refill networks. Sure, we have quite a few capable EVs, like everything Tesla makes, the Chevy Bolt, and the new Nissan Leaf, but range can still be an issue in large countries and most continents outside the United States. But this is where Mercedes’ new solution, the hydrogen hybrid, comes in.

Unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the company’s latest F-Cell model is built around the GLC crossover, and it’s slated to go into production. And unlike other green attempts, this vehicle pairs plug-in battery power with hydrogen fuel cells for what could become the most sustainable zero-emissions solution. It’s not yet ready to hit dealerships, mostly because there’s no hydrogen infrastructure, but the Germans have a plan, and this project could become feasible in five to six years. So why do I think that hydrogen power is a better solution that electricity?

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Hybrid All The Things

In case you didn’t hear, Mercedes-Benz just released the world’s very first hybrid hydrogen car. Dubbed the GLC F-Cell, the technology involved is mighty impressive indeed – in addition to a traditional fuel cell power source, which converts hydrogen into electricity and water vapor, the GLC F-Cell comes equipped with a large plug-in lithium-ion battery pack that adds another 30 miles of all-electric range when fully charged. Working in concert, the two power sources aim to complement one another by offering both the quick-fill convenience of hydrogen with the long-range capabilities of a hybrid system. It makes a lot of sense, even if H2 power is still a longs ways off from widespread adoption, and given the industry-wide tendency towards ever-greater numbers of hybrid offerings, it got us thinking – is there anything that wouldn’t benefit from hybridization?

Naturally, given the association hybrids enjoy with green sensibilities, sports cars might seem like an odd segment for the application of hybrid technology – at least until you read up on the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder, and Ferrari LaFerrari. The Mercedes-AMG Project One is another, more-recent example of hybrid power used in the name of speed.

Indeed, hybrid systems seem to do just about everything better – they go farther, go faster, and go more efficiently, all good stuff. However, no technology is perfect, and these systems still have their disadvantages. For starters, they add weight, and a lot of it. Those batteries and electric motors aren’t exactly trivial when it comes to extra mass. Secondly, they add a good deal of complication as well, which means more stuff to break or go wrong, which can be a problem when shooting for affordability.

However, in terms of power performance and efficiency and greenness, hybrids are just better. And with more automakers throwing their hat into the hybrid ring, we can bet there will be significant advances in terms of weight reduction and simplification. Indeed, like early production turbocharged engines, hybrids are looking more and more like a panacea for many of the industry’s ills.

What do you think?

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes Launches First Production Hydrogen Hybrid With GLC F-Cell

The latest crop of green alternative passenger vehicles is making the rounds at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, and Mercedes is getting in on the action with a brand-new hybrid SUV. It’s called the GLC F-Cell, and it’s touted as the world’s very first production-ready hydrogen hybrid vehicle. Flying the German automaker’s EQ Power banner, also known as the go-to branding for Merc’s various green solutions, the GLC F-Cell is essentially an SUV that combines plug-in all-electric battery power with hydrogen fuel cell power. The marriage of these two alternative power sources hopes to find a synergy whereby benefits are maximized and disadvantages are minimized, combining the quick refill times of hydrogen power and the long-range capability of electrified assistance, all without the traditional explodey dino juice normally associated with “typical” hybrid vehicles.

The new SUV is part of the latest Mercedes product strategy to produce 10 new battery-electric models by the year 2022. The GLC F-Cell is also a modern addition to the Mercedes CASE strategy, an acronym that stands for, Connected, Autonomous, Shared & Services, and Electric. And while the SUV has yet to show anything terribly noteworthy in terms of connected, autonomous, or sharing features, the novel hybrid stuff is more than worthy of the attention of anyone interested in powertrain technology development. Read on for the specs and details.

Continue reading to learn more about the GLC F-Cell.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell

Regardless of your beliefs about emissions and global warming, it’s inevitable that eventually gasoline, diesel, and the internal combustion engine will eventually be all but wiped out of existence. It’s only a matter of time and auto manufacturers aren’t exactly slowing the process down as they have all jumped on the alternative fuels wagon in one way or another. For some manufacturers, jumping on that wagon means developing all-electric cars, or highly efficient hybrid systems. Mercedes is on a different track, however. The German automaker is looking to hydrogen as the next big fuel with models like the B-Class F-CELL and the Citaro FuelCELL-hybrid having already clocked more than seven million miles in testing runs. Now, Mercedes is introduction the GLC F-CELL, the world’s first plug-in fuel-cell vehicle and one that has a combined range of 310 miles between hydrogen refills.

To date, Mercedes hasn’t released an incredible amount of information about this new GLC F-CELL, but we do know that it features two carbon-fiber-encased hydrogen tanks that only take a few minutes to fill up, and the onboard battery can be charged via a standard 120-volt wall socket, a Mercedes-Benz wall box, or a public charging station. Furthermore, that onboard battery is also charged on the fly via an energy recuperation system that kicks in during braking and coasting.

According to Mercedes’ recent press release, the model will be launched in 2017, which means it should be available in areas where hydrogen fueling stations are available. Of course, there won’t be much for competition at this time, but Mercedes will take pride in setting up shop before the market explodes with production models from every other manufacturer.

Update 9/5/2017: The Mercedes GLC F-Cell is set to make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor show in just a couple of weeks. Mercedes has released some information regarding the testing of its new plug-in hydrogen vehicle but has yet to provide much else. We did learn a little more about the hydrogen system and the safety structure surrounding it, so cruise on down to the “Drivetrain” section to learn more about that.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell.

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