By on March 22, 2016

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe

Four-door coupe styling has filtered down to a newcomer in the Mercedes-Benz range — the GLC midsize crossover SUV.

For its second year on the market, the GLC will receive the coupe-like styling already endowed on its larger brother, the GLE.

Adopting the new body style adds 3.2 inches in length to the GLC Coupe and lowers its profile by 1.6 inches. Pronounced rear fender bulges fold into the beltline and flow into the liftgate, which accommodates the coupe’s redesigned LED taillights.

Those flowing lines make their way inside to the coupe’s redesigned dashboard and center console.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe (Image: Mercedes-Benz USA)

The base GLC300 Coupe comes equipped with the same engine as its conventional-bodied stablemate — a 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder making 241 horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque. That power is spread through a nine-speed automatic transmission with five driving modes that Mercedes-Benz labels “Dynamic Select.”

The GLC300 4Matic offers full-time all-wheel drive and an off-road suspension to lend some honesty to its rugged intentions. Air Body Control air suspension is an option for drivers who plan to stay on unbroken blacktop at all times.

The 3.0-liter biturbo V6 recently announced for the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 will also be available in the GLC Coupe. That mill makes 362 horsepower and 384 pounds-feet of torque, and is matched with upgraded equipment and exterior looks.

The automaker promises 0-60 mile-per-hour sprints in less than five seconds in AMG guise.

An Interior Sport Package will be offered on both AMG and base GLC coupes to further differentiate the model from the stock GLC.

The GLC Coupe is expected to be available in the U.S. in early 2017.

[Images: Mercedes-Benz USA]

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