Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé ar­rives in Kuwait

Sen­sual Coupé de­sign meets sporty SUV pres­ence

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

KUWAIT: With stan­dard-fit sport sus­pen­sion, di­rect sports steer­ing, dy­namic select and 4MATIC per­ma­nent all-wheel drive with 9G-TRONIC nine-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion; Mercedes-Benz’s sporty new GLC Coupé has ar­rived in Kuwait and is ready to im­press. Com­bin­ing ef­fort­less com­fort with sporty agility, the dis­tinct sporti­ness and dy­namism of the new GLC Coupé is en­riched with high safety and state-of-the-art as­sis­tance sys­tems.

“This is the sev­enth mem­ber of the SUV fam­ily, and with each new ad­di­tion Mercedes-Benz con­tin­ues to rede­fine high-grade am­bi­ence and con­tem­po­rary lux­ury,” said Michael Ruehle, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer at Abdul Rah­man Al-Bisher and Zaid Alka­zemi Com­pany, the Au­tho­rised Gen­eral Dis­trib­u­tors of MercedesBenz in Kuwait. “Bring­ing the hall­marks of an SUV while adopt­ing the sleek lines of a Coupé, the new GLC Coupe em­bod­ies the next gen­er­a­tion of Mercedes-Benz ve­hi­cles. It is the new sports car among SUVs and we are cer­tain it will be well re­ceived by our per­for­mance driven mo­tor­ing en­thu­si­asts.”

The same suc­cess­ful blend of mul­ti­func­tional SUV and dy­namic Coupé world, so pos­i­tively re­ceived with the GLE Coupé, is now re­peated with the GLC Coupé. With an ex­te­rior length of 4.73 me­tres, a height of 1.60 me­tres and a wheel­base of 2.87 me­tres, the GLC Coupé is dy­namic and com­pact in ap­pear­ance. It is also both longer and lower than the mul­ti­tal­ented GLC, with which it shares its ba­sic ar­chi­tec­ture.

Dy­namic el­e­gance meets off-road pas­sion

The GLC Coupé owes its dis­tinct char­ac­ter to a char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally Coupé-es­que, sin­gle-lou­vred di­a­mond ra­di­a­tor grille and a restyled, drop­ping roofline. The A pil­lar is less steeply raked, while the con­tin­u­a­tion of the roof out­line is lower, ter­mi­nat­ing in the el­e­gantly flow­ing, mus­cu­lar tail end char­ac­ter­is­tic of a Coupé.

In ad­di­tion to the ra­di­a­tor grille, strik­ing fea­tures of the front end in­clude in­te­gral star, short over­hang and SUV in­spired chromed un­der­guard. The in­no­va­tive head­lamp con­cept, stan­dard in LED High Per­for­mance tech­nol­ogy (GCC only), sports the now char­ac­ter­is­tic Mercedes-Benz light sig­na­ture. A strik­ing in­jec­tion of sports car genes is pro­vided by the large lat­eral air in­lets.

The har­mony be­tween the dis­tinc­tive de­sign worlds of Coupé and SUV is re­vealed by the side view of the 1.60 me­tre-high GLC Coupé, with its char­ac­ter­is­tic, stretched roofline of a sports Coupé. The squat green­house blends in seam­lessly 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. The in­ter­ac­tion is em­pha­sized by the drawn-in waist be­tween the drop­ping line and the lower, rear­wards as­cend­ing light­catch­ing con­tour.

Thanks to its pro­nounced shoul­ders, mus­cu­lar bumper de­sign with in­te­gral ex­haust tailpipe trims and un­der­guard in the form of a dif­fuser, the wide tail end of the GLC Coupé un­der­lines the ve­hi­cle’s ath­letic looks. Nar­row, split tail­lights, 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 tail­lights sports the hall­mark light sig­na­ture of Mercedes-Benz.

The AMG Ex­te­rior Line comes as stan­dard in the GCC. It in­cludes AMG front and rear apron, 5-twin spoke 48.3 cm (19-inch) AMG light-al­loy wheels or 50.8 cen­time­tres (20-inch) in mul­ti­spoke de­sign (op­tional), painted ti­ta­nium grey or black with a high­sheen fin­ish, with mixed-size tyres, di­a­mond ra­di­a­tor grille with pins in chrome, in­te­gral Mercedes star and sin­gle lou­vre in matt irid­ium sil­ver with chrome in­sert.

In­te­rior: Mod­ern with char­ac­ter­is­tic Coupé flair

A gallery of Coupé flair and high­grade am­bi­ence un­der­score the de­sign id­iom that com­bines sen­sual pu­rity with dy­namic sporti­ness. Dis­tinc­tive stylis­tic el­e­ments of the GLC Coupé are the dash­board and the cen­tre con­sole with its flow­ing lines: a large, one-piece con­sole panel be­low the semi-in­te­grated me­dia dis­play, of­fer­ing un­matched com­fort.

The op­tion­ally avail­able AMG In­te­rior line pro­vides a clear com­mit­ment to even greater dy­namism and sporti­ness. This pack­age in­cludes, for ex­am­ple, sports seats with upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA mi­crofiber with the op­tion of sports seats with bi-colour look leather upholstery.

Sport pro­gramme: DY­NAMIC BODY CON­TROL or AIR BODY CON­TROL

The all-new GLC Coupé comes as stan­dard with sports sus­pen­sion in­clud­ing DY­NAMIC SELECT with the five trans­mis­sion modes ECO, COM­FORT, SPORT, SPORT+ and IN­DI­VID­UAL. DY­NAMIC BODY CON­TROL sports sus­pen­sion with steel spring­ing and ad­justable damp­ing is op­tion­ally avail­able.

For the first time in this seg­ment, the new GLC Coupé sus­pen­sion can be equipped with fully sup­port­ing multi-cham­ber spring­ing and elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled, con­tin­u­ously ad­justable damp­ing. The AIR BODY CON­TROL air sus­pen­sion com­bines ex­cel­lent driv­ing sta­bil­ity and op­ti­mal com­fort with sporty agility. Spe­cific char­ac­ter­is­tics are pre­s­e­lected de­pend­ing on the DY­NAMIC SELECT set­tings. In SPORT and SPORT+ mode, the oc­cu­pants feel as if they are sit­ting in a sports car with a high level of lat­eral dy­nam­ics due to the even tauter con­nec­tion to the chas­sis, which is low­ered by 15 mil­lime­tres. COM­FORT mode makes for an es­pe­cially com­fort­able ride with soft sus­pen­sion. To en­sure max­i­mum pos­si­ble driv­ing safety also in this mode, the spring/damper forces are in­stan­ta­neously ad­justed, for ex­am­ple in case of a sud­den eva­sive ma­noeu­vre. Ad­di­tional ben­e­fits of the sys­tem in­clude re­duced roll when cor­ner­ing, au­to­matic load sens­ing and low­er­ing of the load com­part­ment sill by 4 cen­time­tres for more con­ve­nient load­ing and un­load­ing.

An­other key pa­ram­e­ter for the sporty char­ac­ter­is­tics of the GLC Coupé com­pared to the GLC SUV is the re­tuned Di­rect-Steer sys­tem, which of­fers a more di­rect steer­ing ra­tio to­gether with even sportier char­ac­ter­is­tics of the power as­sis­tance in the SPORT and SPORT+ modes.

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