Mercedes-Benz just launched its GLC, and soon the small SUV will spawn a sportier, coupe-like version. The original BMW X6, spawned from the X5, was the first vehicle to combine the sleek styling of a coupe with the taller ride height and extra capability of an SUV, and Mercedes recently jumped on the bandwagon with its own GLE Coupe derived from the GLE. Now it’s the GLC’s turn.
The vehicle, which will be called the GLC Coupe, was previewed in concept form at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier this year. The production version appears almost identical to the concept, though the styling has been toned down slightly.
Looking closely at the spy shots, we can see that the GLC Coupe will closely resemble the GLC on which it is based. Of course, the rear section is completely new. It will likely match the design featured on the latest C-Class Coupe.
Powertrain options should be shared with the GLC in most markets. Here in the United States the GLC is offered exclusively with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder delivering 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, though more options are set to come. One of these may arrive on the GLC Coupe: a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 delivering 362 hp and 384 lb-ft.
A debut should take place in the first half of 2016, meaning we should see it arrive as a 2017 model.