GLC Coupe Freshens Up for 2020 with 4 Big Changes

Updated GLC Coupe interior with enhanced steering wheel and next-gen 255-hp engine new for 2020

With details of the updated GLC SUV recently announced, Mercedes-Benz now turns to the new GLC Coupe — the first major refresh since arriving in 2016, replacing the boxier (arguably better looking) popular GLK.

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A compact crossover with sedan-like looks, the sportback styled 2020 GLC Coupe improves its powertrain and updates the interior and safety features. Here are the major changes to know about:

New steering wheel

Now available in two versions, the new multifunction steering wheel takes on a sportier look and feel for 2020 flossing a more distinct style versus the outgoing model.

Expect more functionality at your fingertips, including Touch Control buttons to access the instrument cluster; Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC, and Telematics functions can be operated via the multifunctional touchpad on the centre console, which replaces the rotary COMAND controller.

MB adds new GLC engine

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The next-generation 4-cylinder now powers the 2020 GLC Coupe. With a 14-hp bump, the updated 2.0L inline-4 cylinder turbocharged engine puts down a respectable 255-hp and 273 lb-ft of torque.

All paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission as before.

Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé new 2.0l engine top view with hood open
This 2.0 litre inline-4 cylinder turbocharged engine produces 255 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque — an increase of 14 hp over the previous model. Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Aside from the increase in power, Mercedes focused on reducing CO2 emissions while improving fuel efficiency via the CAMTRONIC variable valve control.

More driver safety systems

Nobody likes paying for extra features when shopping for a luxury vehicle. So it’s good to see MB ramping up the Intelligent Drive Package in the GLC Coupe.

The package will now include a longer list of features like Active Steering Assist, Active Brake Assist with turn-off and cross-traffic function, and Active Lane Keeping Assist to name a few.

Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX)

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Also new is the updated MBUX system adding a wider-range of operating options including Touch Control on the multimedia display and Voice control. Plus, the optional Augmented Reality navigation incorporating real world video from the front camera. We haven’t tried this out yet definitely need too, soon.

Mercedes-Benz SUV diverse lineup

The German’s sport utility lineup is looking healthy these days with 7 models including the small GLA, GLC, GLC Coupe, mid-size GLE, GLE Coupe, three-row GLS, and adventure-ready G-Class.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé rear view while driving along ocean
Definitely not as boxy as the outgoing GLK, the GLC Coupe’s exterior design references hallmark off-road features such as a dominant front-end, sculpted surfaces, and chrome underride guards. Photo: Mercedes-Benz

What is the difference between the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe and SUV?

The main difference is the design and bodytype. The coupe takes on a more sedan-esque profile with that sportback, sloping rear design. Whereas the GLC SUV is void of that long, sweeping rear windshield, taking on a more conventional SUV look with a sharper drop-off behind the C-pillar. So really, it just comes down to styling and driving dynamics.

Overall, the GLC Coupe is the ideal empty-nester luxury mobile, offering the sportiness of a sedan with the space and cargo of a crossover or SUV. However, the ambiguous styling may not be for everyone — we feel the boxy GLK should make a comeback. But that’s just us, and we’re not empty nesters.

For latest pricing and to learn more about the compact 2020 GLC at the Canadian site and US site. 

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