Following the success of Mercedes-Benz’s all new GLC SUV last year — the model was rated 2016’s Best SUV by Motor Trend Magazine, according to Mercedes-Benz Winnipeg sales consultant Dyllon Hubscher — the manufacturer has introduced a coupe version of the GLC for 2017.
“You might say that the GLC coupe is the younger brother of the GLC SUV,” Hubscher says. “The coupe has all the technology of the GLC SUV in a sleeker (form). The coupe is ideal for people who want both sportiness and a touch of class in their vehicles. This is a model that stands out in any situation.”
As with the SUV version, the AWD GLC coupe is powered by a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that produces 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.
Standard equipment includes a sunroof, power liftgate, keyless ignition, and a seven-inch infotainment display. Options include heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and an air suspension.
The first 2017 GLC coupe models began arriving at Mercedes-Benz Winnipeg around the end of November, Hubscher reports.
“The coupe has garnered a lot of attention,” he says. “So far, all the models that we have received were pre-ordered. We do have a demo on hand though.”
A higher performance version of the GLC300 — the GLC coupe 43 — is due out in March. Hubscher notes the GLC43 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3-L V-6 engine that produces 362 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque.
The starting price for the GLC 300 is $49,090, while the 43 starts at $63,200.
“We expect the new coupes to be big sellers for us come the spring”
— Mercedes-Benz Winnipeg sales consultant Dyllon Hubscher
Construction began in October on Mercedes Benz Winnipeg’s new state-of-the-art auto body shop.
The new 18,000-square-foot facility will have a two-car drivethru for estimates, 16 work bays, a paint booth and two paint preparation stations and two wash bays.
The building will also house a fully equipped parts department, while the second-floor offices will be occupied by Mercedes Benz Winnipeg’s business development people.
“We have been fortunate to be able to hire several industry veterans which will help us get going right out of the gate,” says Mercedes Benz Winnipeg president Brian Lowes. “All of our body shop technicians will be factory trained and Mercedes-Benz certified. And we will be using the principles of LEAN production to operate at maximum efficiency and move cars through the repair process as fast as possible.
“We will be able to service all makes and models. We also plan eventually to expand our service to include dent removal, repairs of minor dings and full detailing.”
The decision to build the new auto body facility, Lowes notes, grew out of Mercedes-Benz Winnipeg’s rapidly increasing sales.
“Our sales have more than doubled over the past five years,” he says. “We felt there was a need to be provide this additional level of customer service. Our new body shop is being built right next to our dealership. We are creating a campus effect. We designed the body shop to reflect the design of our dealership. Our aim is to provide all of our customers with a really great overall experience.”
The new body shop is scheduled to be completed and open for business by early summer.
DEALER OF THE WEEK
Sales Rep: Gina Guillet
Dealership: Eastern Chrysler
No. of Years: One
Favourite Model: Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
Why: “The red tow hook sets the Trailhawk apart from all other Cherokees,” Guillet says. “I love the model’s sleek lines. The panoramic moonroof is gorgeous. And I especially appreciate its off-road capabilities.”