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Trailblazer. Form in perfection.

The Concept GLC Coupé from Mercedes-Benz.

Trailblazer. Form in perfection.

The Concept GLC Coupé from Mercedes-Benz.

Near-series-production concept vehicle.

The photo shows a half-profile illustration of the Mercedes-Benz Concept GLC Coupé.

Near-series-production concept vehicle.

With the dynamically expressive Concept GLC Coupé show car, the developers at Mercedes-Benz have transferred the winning formula of the GLE Coupé to a more compact segment. Many elements of this near-production concept vehicle today delight you in the GLC Coupé.

The Concept GLC Coupé blends typical coupé-esque style elements with the sensuously clear design language of future SUV generations. This emotively appealing interplay is further enriched with details strong in character. Twin-blade radiator grille, a bonnet with powerdomes and the four-pipe exhaust system form an aesthetic contrast to the harmonious, almost organic main body section.

On the other hand, touches from the rugged off-road world such as chunky 21-inch tyres, front and rear underguards, increased ground clearance and side running boards illustrate the off-road performance potential of the Concept GLC Coupé.

Dramatic proportions.

The Concept GLC Coupé stands in front of red rocks in a side view.

Dramatic proportions.

The same successful mix of multifunctional SUV and emotively appealing coupé from Mercedes-Benz that was so enthusiastically received with the GLE Coupé has now started on phase two with the Concept GLC Coupé. Even so, the near-series-production show car is in a more compact league, as is demonstrated by an exterior length of 4.73 metres and a wheelbase of 2.83 metres. In combination with the distinctive and muscular main body section, elongated greenhouse and large 21-inch wheels, these two dimensions provide an ideal basis for the so typical, almost dramatic proportions of the sporty-youthful Coupé generation with the characteristic off-road touch.

"Born to race on every ground."

The Concept GLC Coupé stands in a red rocky landscape in a rear side view.

"Born to race on every ground."

A short, crisp overhang with upright radiator grille at the front and the twin-blade louvre so characteristic of sporty Mercedes-Benz models give a first indication of the sporty thinking behind the Concept GLC Coupé. The maxim "Born to race on every ground" is confirmed by the bonnet with powerdomes, A-wing sweep below the radiator grille, large side air inlets and dominant underguard. Like all the trim on the concept vehicle, this typical SUV feature is resplendent in Silver Shadow, thus setting a delightful contrast to the solar beam paint finish and all-round claddings in matt magno Gun Metal paint finish.

Sculptural headlight design.

The photo shows a close-up of a headlamp on the Concept GLC Coupé with three MULTIBEAM elements.

Sculptural headlight design.

The LED headlamps are reminiscent of light sculptures and decisive for the modern face of the Concept GLC Coupé. All the functions are united in one headlamp, along with a reinterpretation of the so-called "eyebrow": small blades divide the daytime driving light and are home to the turn indicators, which use chasing lights to signal a change of direction. Three pivoting MULTIBEAM elements are arranged below, where they seem to float in the deep, three-dimensional installation space. An infrared sensor scans the environment, enabling the MULTIBEAM elements to optimally illuminate the road or terrain and the driver to react as the situation requires.

An active damping system protects the major components and ensures active self-levelling of the lights. In all modes – low beam, main beam, turning and cornering lights – the headlamps spare the area of oncoming vehicles, thus ensuring that they never dazzle oncoming traffic.

Side profile with low coupé-esque greenhouse.

The photo shows a half-profile snapshot of the Concept GLC Coupé as it drives through a colourfully illuminated tunnel.

Side profile with low coupé-esque greenhouse.

The perfection with which the intrinsically opposed design worlds of Coupé and SUV have been brought into harmony is especially revealed by the side view of the almost 1.60-metre high Concept GLC Coupé with the typical, stretched roofline of a sports coupé. Just like the integral roof rails or fully recessed door handles, the squat greenhouse with frameless side windows blends perfectly into the side of the vehicle while additionally emphasising the Coupé character.

A clear clue to the vehicle’s distinctive SUV heritage is given by flared door sills, which are reminiscent of the running boards on a classic SUV. Wide 21-inch wheels flush with the outer edge of the body and with chunky, heavily profiled tyres as well as a relatively high ground clearance underpin the sporty and dynamic ambitions of the Concept GLC Coupé when off the beaten track.

Rear end with clear coupé-esque elements.

The illustration shows the Concept GLC Coupé from the side rear.

Rear end with clear coupé-esque elements.

The rear view of the exactly two-metre-wide Concept GLC Coupé reveals broad, muscular shoulders with harmoniously sculpted wheel housings, which are home to 21-inch wheels with wide tyres of size 285/45 R 21. A visual highlight is provided by the four polished stainless-steel tailpipes of the exhaust system. Mounted in pairs above the A-wing (similar to the one at the front) with the characteristic underguard, they underscore the sporty looks of the Coupé. Overall, the styling of the rear end most clearly accentuates the coupé genes of the concept vehicle. Narrow, split tail lights, a centrally positioned brand star and a sharp spoiler lip emphasise a design that made its debut with the S-Class Coupé and which all Mercedes-Benz coupé models have since followed. The night design of the LED tail lamps sets a new note. Adapted from the headlamps, the blades in the upper part house the chasing-light direction indicators.

Emotionally charged.

The photo shows a front view of the Concept GLC Coupé in dynamic motion through a colourfully illuminated tunnel.

Emotionally charged.

Hard technical details further add to the emotive appeal of the Concept GLC Coupé with the almost organic form of the main body section. For example, provocatively styled components, such as the two-part, open light-alloy wheels, wing-design exterior mirrors and the previously mentioned four tail pipes, form a deliberate stylistic contrast intended to underline the show car's technological claim. The same applies to the underguard with cooling slits at front and rear as well as the headlamps and tail lamps, which resemble light sculptures.

Mighty powertrain.

Mighty powertrain.

The powertrain technology lives up to the promise of the looks of the Concept GLC Coupé: a V6 engine with 367 hp and 520 Newton-metres of torque makes for highly sporty performance. Familiar from AMG sports models, the direct-injection biturbo engine, in combination with the 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission and 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive, endows the show car with emphatic acceleration while at the same time giving an audible presence to the high performance.

Depending on the drive program, the tail pipes emit either an effortlessly subdued roar or the full-blooded sound of a high-performance sports car.

Product changes may have been made since these photos and film were made.