Design: Dynamic elegance meets off-road passion

Jul 6, 2016

The sportily youthful GLC Coupé draws glances with its dynamically expressive design. It blends the striking main body section and the Mercedes design idiom of current SUV models with the characteristic elongated roof line of a sports coupé.

Hot and cool – these two poles form the sensuously pure design idiom of the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy, perfectly embodied by the GLC Coupé. On the one hand, modern aesthetics were the source of inspiration for the sensuous lines, surfaces and proportions of the new sportily youthful coupé generation with the characteristic off-road touch. On the other, the designers have created minimalist, purist forms which emphasise the new off-road coupé's intelligent technology and engineering. All in all the vehicle body appears powerful but defined by engineering, and conveys dynamic sportiness.

The best of both worlds

The combination of multifunctional SUV and emotively appealing coupé world creates sporty proportions, which Mercedes-Benz has already bestowed on the GLE Coupé and is now reinterpreting more youthfully in a more compact version. The basis for this is formed by a main body section with a distinctive and muscular look, a low, extended greenhouse and large wheels.

Whilst the GLC Coupé shares its basic architecture with the multi-talented GLC, it is almost eight centimetres longer and some four centimetres lower and sports hallmark coupé proportions which are considerably more dynamic. The steeply raked front flows into the bonnet, which leads to a less steeply inclined A-pillar. From this a restyled, sloped roof line follows, finishing in an elegantly flowing, powerfully curved coupé tail end. Also less steeply raked, the rear window dispenses with a wiper, as the airflow does not break away until after the spoiler lip, which means that water is unable to strike the rear window.

To underline the individual character there are two single-tone, seven metallic and three designo paintwork choices available for the GLC Coupé.

Silhouette: dynamism and suspense

The harmony with which the intrinsically opposed design worlds of coupé and SUV have been reconciled is revealed by the side view of the 1.60-metre-high GLC Coupé with its characteristic, stretched roof line of a sports coupé. The squat greenhouse blends in elegantly with the side of the vehicle to underline its coupé character. The interplay between high beltline and wide shoulders results in proportions that lend the GLC Coupé its dynamic looks. Viewed from the side, the dropping line highlights these proportions as a hallmark Mercedes signature. In tandem with a counter-line gently rising in the lower part of the vehicle from the front wheel, it creates a formal sense of tension. The counter-line makes the vehicle appear longer, encompasses the rear and ultimately flows over the sides and into the bumper creating a sense of balance.

A high, tense beltline serves as the third side line and visually reduces the height of the side windows. A non-continuous trim strip in the area of the rear window with a consequently high-quality appeal emphasises the C-pillar.

Clear indicators of the SUV hereditary factors are given by the optionally available running boards with a matt aluminium insert and rubber lips on the surface, in order to prevent the danger of slipping. Striking matt black claddings in the wings and on the longitudinal members protect the wings, doors and side wall from stone chippings and also accentuate the off-road character of the coupé.

Flush with the outer edge of the body, wide wheels up to a size of 50.8 centimetres (20 inches) together with ample ground clearance underpin the GLC Coupé's sporty, dynamic ambitions on unpaved tracks and unsurfaced roads.

Front: perfect combination of design elements from two different worlds

Standing upright, the Mercedes coupés' hallmark diamond radiator grille with one single louvre and its integral star dominates the front and underscores the kinship with the Mercedes-Benz sports cars. The A‑wing flourish in the bumper beneath the radiator grille plus large lateral air intakes also inject a distinctive touch of sports car character. In parallel with this the short, front overhang with an underguard serves as a hallmark SUV styling element, either in silver chrome or black, depending on the equipment.

Reminiscent of light sculptures, headlamps, in LED technology on request, decisively shape the face of the new coupé. Standard features on board include halogen headlamps, combined with LED daytime running lamps integrated into the bottom of the headlamp.

Optional extras include a static LED headlamp and a dynamic LED headlamp with the Intelligent Light System. What is now the hallmark Mercedes-Benz light signature is displayed by their innovative headlamp design. This characteristic brand element for the turn signal indicators, position light, daytime running lamps and ambient light follows the inner contours of the headlamps and looks like an eyebrow. This ensures a confident appearance by day and an unmistakeable night design. Edges in the headlamps are in black. This creates the effect of depth for even greater emphasis.

Tail end: mirrors the strength of an athlete

The styling of the tail end also makes the vehicle's coupé genes clearly apparent. A strong indent in the C-pillar forms a powerfully emphasised shoulder, which is distinctly sculpted and gives the impression of a clearly defined muscle. Through this clear styling with a very broad effect the GLC Coupé also appears decidedly athletic from the rear perspective.

The sporty look is underlined by a powerful bumper design with integral exhaust tailpipes and an underguard styled as a diffuser. This enables the coupé to hug the road. Narrow, split tail lights, a centrally positioned brand star and a sharp spoiler lip reflect a design 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 characteristic form of the rear window with its rounded upper area are among the further stylistic features. Like the headlamps, the night design of the LED tail lights sports the hallmark light signature of Mercedes-Benz. The tail light follows the contour of the lamp here.

GLC Coupé also as especially exclusive EDITION 1

As familiar from other Mercedes models, the GLC Coupé will also be available from launch as an EDITION 1 model. Combining a series of exclusive appointments, such as AMG Exterior line, the Night package, 50.8-centimetre (20-inch) AMG light-alloy wheels with mixed-size tyres as well as bi-colour look leather upholstery, this special model turns the SUV coupé into a very special, attention-grabbing car.