Proof of Mercedes-Benz’s determination to overtake its rivals and increase its global presence is seen in the launch of yet another new model – this time a coupé-styled version of their all-new GLC, the mid-size SUV that launched in Ireland last December.
Not due here until early-September, the new GLC Coupé opens up more new ground for Mercedes-Benz, taking its place alongside the GLC – their first ever mid-range SUV in right-hand drive– whilst expanding the portfolio of models built on the C-Class platform - namely the C-Class saloon, estate, coupé and cabriolet.
Following a route already taken by the GLE Coupé – introduced as a sporty edition of the new GLE, the new CLC Coupé is said by Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Ireland, to be a ‘niche model that will appeal to those seeking an even more sporty version of the GLC itself’.
From reaction received from dealers, Allen expects it to capture the interest ‘of those who rate style just as highly as substance’.
Just a few short centimetres longer and lower than the GLC, the new Coupé is strikingly similar to it in terms of its outer appearance, save for its sloping roofline, short rear overhang and single-louvre grille with star inset and sparkling diamond-finished backing panel.
Though price, range and specifications relating to models sold in Ireland have yet to be ‘locked and loaded’, it is likely that the new Coupe will launch with a price tag circa €60,000.