Continuing on with Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s three SUV model introduction today is the GLC Coupe, which made its debut alongside the Mercedes-AMG G63 Edition 463 and the GLS 400 4MATIC. Like the duo, it’s available locally in only one variant form, as a GLC 250 4MATIC Coupe.
First unveiled in New York earlier this year, the GLC Coupe is based on the same platform as the X253 GLC, but is 80 mm longer and 40 mm wider than the latter. A direct rival to the BMW X4, the car sits under the larger GLE Coupe in the current Mercedes hierachy.
While two exterior body style options are available for the SUV globally, we only get one, and that’s with the AMG Line pack strapped on. Styling elements include a single-louvre diamond radiator grille (with pins finished in chrome), a Chrome package and rugged-look front/rear aprons.
Additionally, the local specification car rides on multi-spoke 20-inch AMG alloy wheels and is also equipped with a Night package.
Inside, you’ll find black leather upholstery, black piano/light longitudinal-grain aluminium trim and a leather-wrapped dashboard. Items on the standard equipment list includes an Audio 20 multimedia CD and a Burmester surround sound system, Keyless Go/keyless start, ambient lighting, a 360-degree camera and an Easy-Pack tailgate.
The GLC 250 is powered by the familiar M274 DE 20 AL 2.0 litre four-pot turbo seen in a number of other Mercedes models here, with its 208 hp at 5,500 rpm and 350 Nm from 1,200 to 4,000 rpm output numbers being identical to that found elsewhere.
Partnered with a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission, with permanent all-wheel drive in attendance, the GLC 250 can do the century sprint from standstill in 7.3 seconds and can reach a 250 km/h top speed.
Performance-wise, a Dynamic Select system offers five operating modes (Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual), while on the safety and driver-assistance equipment front, kit includes items such as Collision Prevention Assist Plus and Attention Assist.
Mechanically, there are some differences over the regular GLC. The Direct-Steer system on this one has been retuned to offer a more direct steering ratio as well as present sportier power assistance characteristics in Sport and Sport+ modes.
Elsewhere, the local car comes fitted with the standard sports suspension – no Dynamic Body Control or Air Body Control air suspension to be found here. No Off-Road package for the local car either.
Finally, pricing, and the GLC 250 4MATIC goes for RM428,888, on-the-road without insurance. There’s also a version without the Burmester surround sound system plonked on, bringing the price down by RM5k (RM423,888), but we’re told that there are only limited units of those.