fourth Mar 2020 8:06 pm

Before available in AMG guise only, the new facelifted GLC Coupe now comes in 300 and 300d avatars. We get behind the wheel of the diesel variant to see what it is like.

What is it?

Just about two months right after the launch of the facelifted GLC, we now have the up-to-date Coupe model far too. However, when the earlier Coupe was bought as an AMG model only, Mercedes-Benz has now chosen to introduce the facelifted auto in two normal models – a petrol 300 4Matic and a diesel 300d 4Matic. 

It’s absolutely a nod to the fact that, when even now a market phase, SUV-coupes are widening their attractiveness. Aside from, with these models, Mercedes is better placed to take on the BMW X4, which is available with both of those, petrol and diesel powerplants. On top of that, when the AMG Coupe was introduced in as an import, the up-to-date cars are now assembled below and are thus priced much more in line with the X4.

What’s it like on the outside?

The facelift brings with it new design for the headlight inserts, which are also multibeam LED models that can routinely modify the gentle throw to reduce stunning oncoming visitors. In contrast to the normal GLC that gets twin horizontal bars on the grille, the Coupe gets a single bar and a diamond head pattern this is a lot like the AMG Coupe but compared to it, the pin heads are not chromed. The bumper is the similar as on the normal auto and gets the aggressive cladding on the decreased edge.

Coupe gets the diamond pinhead grille but it isn’t chrome-tipped as on the AMG model.

At the side, the coupe retains the trim running board from the earlier auto, and when the AMG has a black window trim, the up-to-date model gets a full-chrome surround. The 19-inch alloys are also of a unique six-spoke pattern.

New-design 19-inch alloys incorporate flair.

The rear gets recently styled tail-lights, with the lights ingredient design now resembling the pattern noticed on the normal GLC and also the GLE and the GLS SUVs.

What’s it like within?

Like the outsides, the interiors far too obtain a delicate makeover. A large welcome update, however, is the introduction of the new Mercedes MBUX connectivity process, along with the related auto experience with an onboard SIM. Although the more mature Command process was pretty out-of-date in its UI and lacked a touchscreen, the new process is slick and quick to use and brings with it a touch-sensitive pad in the centre console, two mini touch pads on the new steering wheel, along with a bigger 10.twenty five-inch screen that is touch-responsive as very well. 

Dashboard format feels acquainted to any person who has sat in more recent Mercs .

The touchscreen and steering touch pads work genuinely very well, are responsive, and allow for you precise regulate. However, I would have most well-liked Mercedes retaining the more mature click wheel on the centre console, as it is significantly a lot easier to regulate sure features when on the go.

There is also the new ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice command assistant, for a hands-cost-free experience, and when it can also recognise conversational voice instructions, the process in India is even now to roll out in its entirety and for now you can only use the set voice prompts.

The new 10.twenty five-inch touchscreen infotainment screen comes with Merc’s up-to-date MBUX process.

There is now also Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, along with a built-in navigation process. A further tiny but welcome addition is wireless charging, but anything that isn’t excellent is the swap to Sort-C only USB ports.

Not like the GLC, the Coupe gets the full-electronic instrument cluster as regular.

For the Coupe, Mercedes has gone with a electronic instrument panel. So when the normal GLC gets bodily twin dials, the Coupe gets on-screen simulated dials that can be altered based mostly on your preference and the driving manner far too. The Coupe also gets a memory perform for the driver’s seat. Speaking of which, seating comfort in the auto is top-notch and a working day invested behind the wheel wasn’t a backbreaking affair.

House in the rear is satisfactory, however the dipping roof and tiny windows make the passengers experience hemmed in.

Rear seating far too is pretty cozy and has superior back again support, however those with a taller frame may possibly obtain head place a bit tight. However, Mercedes has scooped out element of the head lining, and my 5ft 8in frame experienced about two inches of place above. Nonetheless, you do experience hemmed in thanks to the decreased roof and the lesser windows.

The boot place on give has improved about the pre-facelift model many thanks to the spare staying moved down below the boot ground.

A further space exactly where Mercedes has luckily liberated much more place is in the boot. In the earlier cars, underfloor place was applied for storage compartments, with the place saver tyre in the boot. Now, the tyre goes underneath the ground, leaving you with a clean and apparent boot. The dipping roof, of course, even now eats into place but you can at least now get some luggage in and have a spare tyre far too.

What’s it like to generate?

As outlined in advance of, the Coupe now comes with both of those, petrol and diesel mills. The petrol is a two.-litre, 4-cylinder device that would make 250hp and 370Nm of torque, when the diesel is a two.-litre, 4-cylinder device that puts out 245hp and 500Nm of torque. Both equally are BS6 compliant and are the similar models as in the normal GLC. However, when in the GLC, they are in the decreased two hundred and 220d point out of tune, in the Coupe they are in the better ‘300’ guise. 

The new two.-litre OM654 diesel produces 245hp and 500Nm of torque and is pretty refined.

The diesel, which is the 1 we experienced for evaluate, is the more recent two.-litre OM654 device that replaces the previous OM651 engine in the Merc fleet. And just like in the normal auto, the spectacular bit is the engine’s stage of refinement. Sound and vibrations are nominal at get started up and even on the go you’d have to consciously make an energy to know there is an oil burner underneath the hood. Rev it tough and it gets vocal but it even now isn’t harsh or strained.

In terms of electric power shipping, it is pretty linear and potent all the way up to all-around four,500rpm, exactly where the 9-velocity automated gearbox will upshift no matter what generate manner you are in. Even in guide manner, the gearbox will not allow for you to hit the redline that is marked at five,500rpm. The gearbox is a sleek shifter but isn’t lightning-fast. In contrast to the 220d point out of tune, the 300d does experience a lot quicker and Mercedes claim a -100kph time of 6.6sec in opposition to 220d’s seven.9sec time.

Delicate suspension set up absorbs bumps very well however influences managing.

With the update, Mercedes has softened the suspension on the GLC. It operates very well to soak up bumps and ruts, and retains you pretty isolated within. At velocity, however, there is some human body float and spirited driving in corners will have you wishing for a firmer sportier set up. Adjustable dampers would have been the excellent resolution, or even the tremendous-rigid AMG treatment, instead of the present-day models. However, the steering, which does get motivated by the generate modes, has enough weight at better velocity and is gentle enough at decreased speeds far too.

Really should I purchase 1?

Before, with the Coupe staying available as an AMG-only model, things were being a good deal more simple – you both experienced practicality or all-out enjoyment. Now, however, with the facelift, things get a little sophisticated.  

In a way, the new Coupe sits in no man’s land – it is neither as roomy nor as functional as the normal auto, nor is it as sporty and enjoyment as the AMG. But on the other hand, if you’ve normally fancied the attractiveness of an SUV-coupe, you now do not have to go the complete hog into AMG territory and extend your wallet far too. You can take pleasure in the sportier attractiveness of the Coupe, get some excess functionality at the pedal and a bit much more equipment like a memory seat and an all-electronic instrument panel – all this for a not far too a lot a premium of about Rs 6 lakh. The 300d Coupe 4Matic comes in at Rs 63.70 lakh when the normal 220d 4Matic diesel fees Rs fifty seven.75 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India).

It all boils down then to your disposition to SUV-coupes – if you are not a admirer, glance at the normal GLC. But if you adore them, you now have much more option and, oh, did I mention, Mercedes suggests the AMG is probable to observe far too?