AT 4730mm long on a 2870mm wheelbase and 1600mm high, it is 80mm longer. Are you lost on what am I on about, then don’t be ‘cos the introduction of Mercedes Benz GLC Coupé at the Shanghai Motor Show in 2016, has overwhelmingly been received, including yours truly?
The likeable Coupe package includes 18” light-alloy wheels, easy-pack tailgate, audio 20 CD multimedia system, reversing camera,
keyless-go starting function and upholstery in artico man-made leather.
Love those white stitches on a black leather.
Growing up in Soweto everything boys would revel about would be a stitch on designer labels. So it makes sense MB has the same panache on designer label.
Also included as standard are assistance systems such as collision prevention assist plus, crosswind assist, headlight assist, attention assist and ESP with dynamic cornering assist.
As we took it for a spin ‘all eyes on me’ (remember that Tupac Shakur song) as we hit the Woodmead busiest route, towards Soweto at the media brief of one of world’s top entertainer and Ibiza music fest resident DJ Black Coffee at his joint Zone 6, Diepkloof.
The purpose of the brief was to share with the world on his successive tour abroad, launching his Black Coffee Axe deodorant and future engagements. So, it made sense we rocked up in this monstrous beau. And it obliged. Talk of Bells and Whistles…
More direct sports steering (15.1:1) 4Matic permanent all-wheel drive and sports suspension are standard issue, with two adaptive suspension options – a new dynamic body control system operating on the standard steel springs, and Mercedes’ established Air Body Control multi-chamber air suspension.
According to MB this is standard across the range, the nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission has five selectable driving modes – Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual – each of which does exactly what it says on the tin.
In addition, if your GLC Coupé has air suspension, it hunkers down 15mm closer to the tar in Sport+ mode – and the rear suspension also drops 40mm when you open the power-operated tailgate to access the 491 litre cargo bay, which expands to 1205 litres with the rear seat-backs folded. (Awe)some-ness.
As old timers wondered how such a young, good looking lad could afford this loud-hailer, the better half kept asking for my digits. Evidence, check your mail box!
Although its available on Diesel engine, petrol is available on other models.
The new compact SUV, Mercedes says, is a “sports car among mid-size SUVs” in its segment.
Mercedes-Benz also offers a wide selection of optional packages for its new SUV Coupe, including AMG Line packages for the interior and exterior and night package.
A choice of tyres and rim sizes are also on offer. An optional sports exhaust system for the four-cylinder petrol engines are also available, as indicated above.
The GLC Coupe is provisionally available in six variants; customers have a choice of three diesel-powered versions and three petrol engines.
The range includes four-cylinder diesel models – GLC 220d 4MATIC Coupe and GLC 250d 4MATIC Coupe.
As my Nephew gloated “iyoo abuti koloi ya hao ke boza”- your car is tops, my response was undeviating ‘go to school you’ll own one’, yours truly quipped with bragging rights, as we hit off roads and rocks in Ganalaagte, NW Province.
The GLC 220 d 4MATIC Coupé retails for R735 900
Performance (1-10) 8
Diesel (1-10) 9
Oh, how about this ‘Power. Grace. Beauty. The only words needed to describe two of SA’s favourite women and the new Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé- as Jeannie D and Terry Pheto completed #EveryTerrain challenge earlier this year? ’